Divas Beyond a Veil.

Mistero, ambiguità e seduzione sono peculiarità che appartengono a molte tra le star del cinema. Da sempre, e con molta frequenza, la loro immagine conturbante è amplificata grazie all’utilizzo di veli che ricoprono il volto, conferendo carisma e magnetismo.

Il drappo di una veste, per merito del cinema e della fotografia, ha perso la funzione di mero rivestimento del corpo per esibire lo stesso con sensualità, svelandolo in segreto. Non più tessuto utile a coprire, bensì pizzo, rete, seta adoperati per svestire i soggetti fotografati, lasciando immaginare allo spettatore fattezze, carattere, atmosfere inattese e maliziose.

Lo sguardo dell’icona giunge a noi filtrato dal lembo di un tessuto prezioso, la cui grana seduce e mantiene le distanze dal piacere accennato, che resta in ombra.

Ecco alcune immagini che ho raccolto.

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Often the provocative image of Diva is amplified by the use of veils that cover her face, conferring charme and mistery. Thanks to the cinema and photography, this garment lost its only function of dress to exhibit the body with sensuality, unveiling a secret. No more useful fabrics to cover, but lace, net, silk used to undress the actress in movies and pictures, leaving viewers to imagine the features, character, atmospheres.

Gloria Swanson photographed by Edward Steichen for a 1924 Vanity Fair.:

Gloria Swanson by Edward Steichen, 1924

Gloria Swanson by Ellen Graham:

Gloria Swanson by Ellen Graham

Lili Damita @@@@@......http://www.pinterest.com/pocketmuseum/1920s-fashion-in-photographs/  ......€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€:

Lili Damita, 20s

Joan Crawford in the 1920s, Photo by Ruth Harriet Louise #1920s #lace #hat:

Joan Crawford by Ruth Harriet Louise, late 20s

Brigitte Helm| 1906-1966 | a German actress, best remembered for her dual role as Maria and her double, the Maschinenmensch, in Fritz Lang's 1927 silent film Metropolis:

Brigitte Helm, 1927

anna mae wong:

Anna May Wong, Limehouse Blues, Travis Banton, 1934

Anna May Wong -

Anna May Wong, 1934

Jean Harlow:

Jean Harlow, 30s

PETRICHOR:

Bette Davis, 30s

Classic Beauties : Marlene Dietrich:

Marlene Dietrich, 1940, John Engstead

Marlene Dietrich in

Marlene Dietrich, “Just a Gigolo” 1978

Frances Farmer, 1930s - They made a bio-film about her life (very tragic) Jessica Lang played Frasncis:

Frances Farmer early 40s

Ava Gardner:

Ava Gardner, 40s

Actress Lana Turner in a wonderful polka dot veil adorned hat, 1940s. #vintage #hats #1940s:

Lana Turner, 40s

Detail of a photo of Vivien Leigh by Cecil Beaton for Vogue, Paris, November 1944:

Vivien Leigh by Ceceil Beaton, Vogue, 1944

Gina Lollobrigida:

Gina Lollobrigida, 50s

Audrey Hepburn photographed at Ealing Studios, London, 1951 Classic Hollywood Stars:

Audrey Hepburn, Ealing Studios, London, 1951

Audrey, with the infamous Givenchy mask in How To Steal a Million. This movie is wonderful.:

Audry – Givenchy, “How to steal a Million”, 1966

Capucine in Marie-Christiane, 1953. Photo Guy Arsac:

Capucine, Guy Arsac, 1953

Marilyn Monroe photographed by Bert Stern, 1962:

Marilyn Monroe by Bert Stern, 1962

Marilyn Monroe was looked at as a fashion icon and she has also had a great impact on what we wear today.- Caroline m:

Marilyn as a Virgin?

Sophia Loren, 1960s.:

Sophia Loren, early 60s

Sophia Loren:

Sophia Loren with veil turban

Virna Lisi, reportage sul set di “Oggi, domani, dopodomani” (Eduardo De Filippo, 1965)  Photo Angelo Frontoni:

Virna Lisi, “Oggi, domani e dopodomani”, 1965

Brigitte Bardot - 1960's:

Brigitte Bardot, early 70s

Romy Schneider on the set of Le trio infernal, 1974. Photo by George Pierre. via http://hollywoodlady.tumblr.com/:

Romy Schneider, 1974, Le Trio Infernal

Silvana Mangano in Gruppo di Famiglia in un Interno (Conversation Piece):

Silvana Mangano, “Gruppo di famiglia in un interno”, 1974

I always thought that Elizabeth Taylor was so sensuous. Here she poses nude behind a sheer veil.:

Elizabeth Taylor, 70s

Catherine Deneuve on the set of The Hunger.:

Catherine Deneuve, The Hunger, 1983

Joan Collins...played a great bitch in dynasty:

Joan Collins, 80s

Charlize Theron:

Charlize Theron

Julianne Moore, “The end of the affair”, 1999

Marion Cotillard by Ellen von Unwerth:

Marion Cotillard by Ellen von Hunwerth

angelina jolie:

Angelina Jolie

suicideblonde:“ Cate Blanchett photographed by Patrick Demarchelier ”

Cate Blanchett by Patrick Demarchelier

Cate Blanchett.:

Cate Blanchett

Kirsten Dunst:

Kirsten Dunst

Keira Knightley. In my opinion, she is by far one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen! She's so classically stunning!:

Keira Knighltly, “The edge of love”, 2008

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