Dalida: Eternal Glamour
It seems to me, that love could be labeled poison and we'd drink it anyways.
Have you heard of Dalida? Well I hadn't until a few years ago when I complimented my husband and he started singing "Paroles, Paroles" as a joke back to me. The translation was loosely, "Words, words, those are only words..." but when I listened to the actual song, I was mesmorized by the sound of her voice and immediately had to know more about this sultry songstress.
Born Yolanda Cristina Gigliotti in 1933, Dalida's family was Italian but living in Egypt. As a young beauty, her career began to take off at the age of 20 when she was crowned Miss Egypt. Shortly thereafter, she moved to France to pursue an acting career but, instead, started finding success as a singer. Her first big hit came with the song "Bambino" which she released in 1956. It spent 46 weeks in the French top ten and today, remains one of the biggest selling singles in French history.
Dalida toured extensively throughout the course of her 30-year career and, incredibly, performed and recorded in more than TEN languages including French, Italian, Greek, Spanish, German, Arabic, English, Japanese, Hebrew and Dutch. As an international superstar, she received more than 70 gold records, sold more than 170 million albums worldwide, and was the first singer to go both platinum and diamond.
Despite Dalida's professional success, her private life was filled with tragedy and heartbreak. Almost all of her past lovers and multiple people in her life committed suicide and, sadly, in 1987 she did the same, overdosing on barbiturates. She left a note that said, "La vie m'est insupportable...Pardonnez-moi." ("Life has become unbearable for me... Forgive Me.")
Today, Dalida has become a cult figure and fashion icon. A biopic of her life was released earlier this year (watch trailer here) and as an homage to her career, many of her legendary dresses are currently on exhibit in Paris at the Musée Galliera through August 13, 2017. If you cannot get to Paris to see the exhibit, I highly recommend watching the movie. The power, beauty and tragedy of both her music and life will transport you and fill your heart with respect and admiration.
Scroll down to be inspired by Dalida's eternal glamour and shop my modern translations of some of her legendary looks...Enjoy!