Back in fashion: 1916 and New Look

La moda, si sa, è fatta di eterni ritorni in fatto di stile, gusti, tendenze. E non è questo un fenomeno del tutto contemporaneo, anzi, affonda le proprie origini nella genesi della novità vestimentaria, che a dispetto del vocabolo, di nuovo spesso non ha nulla. Si confronti in proposito lo strano caso che riguarda la regina di Francia Maria Antonietta, discusso nel mio libro “Il Macabro e il Grottesco nella Moda e nel Costume“. Oggi vi presento la curiosa rielaborazione New Look di una tendenza apparsa nel 1916. Abiti più corti dei precedenti, dai volumi sorprendentemente innovativi, morbidi, con gonne ampie e arricciate sostenute da sottovesti a balze. Colori, fantasie, capricci neo barocchi si spostano così dal ’16 al ’47 per durare questa volta più a lungo. La mia selezione fotografica per voi.

Fashion, as we know, is made up of eternal returns in terms of style, tastes and trends. And this is not a completely contemporary phenomenon, indeed, it has its origins in the genesis of the modern dress, which despite the word, often has nothing of modern. Compare in this regard the strange case concerning the queen of France Marie Antoinette, discussed in my book “The Macabre and the Grotesque in Fashion and Costume“. Today I present to you all the curious New Look reworking of a trend that appeared in 1916. Shorter dresses than the previous ones, with surprisingly innovative volumes, soft, with wide and gathered skirts supported by flounced petticoats. Colors, fantasies, new-baroque trends move from ’16 to ’47 to last this time longer. My photo selection for you.

1916 evening gown
Model in a taffeta dress by Emilio Schuberth, Rome, 1955, photo by G.M. Fadigati
Gabrielle Chanel – Robes de Jersey,1916
Marcelle Dormoy, french couture fashion designer active from the 1910s to 1950, and a former model. 1948
Delineator fashion magazine, July 1916

1948, note the widths and lengths of the skirts, the patern, the necklines:

Jeanne Lanvin, 1916, and Marcel Dormoy 1948:

Fashion sketches fom 1916 and christian dior evening gown 1951.

same irregular cascades of pleated fabrics.

Jeanne Lanvin, 1916
Supermodel Barbara Mullen moeling Balenciaga Dress, 1947
Summer Afternoons dresses from April 1916
Christian Dior ball gown 1947
L’Art et la Mode, 1916
1957, Creators Studios New York
Robes et Chapeaux de Printemps – Le Style Parisien 1916
Cristobal Balenciaga 1948 Pleats, Photo Arik Népo
House of Lanvin 1916
Tailleur bar, House of Dior, 1947
Harvey Nichols day dress, 1916 From the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection at the FIDM Museum
“Ciao Bella” Jacques Fath stripes striped 1952

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Italiani all’estero, i diari raccontano – Italians abroad, stories from their diaries – My Styling

È stato presentato in Farnesina – Roma – l’11 giugno 2019 il lavoro prodotto per conto del Ministero degli Affari Esteri che mi ha visto collaborare nella ricerca e selezione dei costumi in qualità di power dresses e stylist. Il video, realizzato da Imaginapulia, (foto backstage attore Livio Berardi) descrive con pathos i percorsi esistenziali di quanti tra fine ‘800 e ‘900 hanno abbandonato l’Italia per trasferirsi all’estero.

Riaffiorano così dagli autentici diari di queste persone – custoditi nella Fondazione Archivio Diaristico Nazionale di Pieve Santo Stefano (AR).  – racconti e storie di vita che ci immergono in paure, aspettative appagate o disattese, fatica, senso di inadeguatezza e disagio, disperazione, voglia di tornare.

Nel video, oltre ai costumi, anche oggetti provenienti dal passato che ho appositamente selezionato dal mio archivio, tra questi scarpine anni ’30 per bimba in vernice nera, occhialini inizi ‘900, foulard e occhiali da sole per donna dagli anni ’50. Un pettine da viaggio, oggetti che rievocano in modo segnico quanto contenuto nei racconti di chi è partito all’estero nella speranza di una vita migliore.

The work produced on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was presented in the Farnesina – Rome – on 11 June 2019, which saw me collaborating in the research and selection of costumes as power dresses and stylists. The video, made by Imaginapulia (backstage photo actor Livio Berardi) describes with pathos the existential paths of those between the end of the 1800s and the 1900s who left Italy to move abroad. Thus resurface from the authentic diaries of these people – kept in the National Archive Diary Foundation of Pieve Santo Stefano (AR) – describe stories and life stories that plunge us into fears, fulfilled or unfulfilled expectations, fatigue, a sense of inadequacy and unease, desperation, desire to come back.In the video, in addition to the costumes, there are also items from the past that I have specially selected from my archive, including little shoes from the 30s for girls in black patent leather, glasses from the early 1900s, scarves and sunglasses for women from the 50s. A travel comb, objects that symbolically recall what is contained in the stories of those who went abroad in the hope of a better life.

Video: I DIARI RACCONTANO

STYLES – GENRES – DISGUISES: Bari International Gender film festival

Il prossimo 25 settembre alle ore 15.00 prende il via la conferenza dedicata al tema Gender in occasione del Bari International Film Festival,rassegna che esamina, ricerca, studia,capolavori della storia del cinema in rapporto a genere, identità e orientamento sessuale. Location di questo evento lo storico Palazzo delle Poste di Bari in Piazza Cesare Battisti, 1. Il palazzo è sede dell’Università degli Studi ed è un meraviglioso esempio dell’architettura razionalista fascista, Luciano Lapadula – storico della moda e scrittore – analizzerà il tema “Stili – Generi – Travestimenti“. Lo studio dei segni legati alla moda, al trucco, alle acconciature che a partire dal 1968 hanno diviso e mescolato generi e simbologia sessuale, da Twiggy a Bowie, da Coccinelle ad Amanda Lear. L’intervento di Luciano Lapadula è tratto dal suo libro “Il Macabro e il Grottesco nella Moda e nel Costume“, acquistabile al link: https://www.progedit.com/libro-589.html

 

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On September 25th at 3.00 pm, the Gender conference will start afor Bari International Film Festival, a review that examines, researches, studies, masterpieces of the history of cinema in relation to gender, identity and sexual orientation. Inside the historic Palazzo delle Poste in Bari (Cesare Battisti Sq, 1), a marvelous example of the fascist rationalist art, Luciano Lapadula – fashion historian and writer – will analyze the theme “Styles – Genres – Disguises”. The study of signs related to fashion, makeup, hairstyles that since 1968 has divided and mixed genres and sexual symbology, from Twiggy to Bowie, from Coccinelle to Amanda Lear. Luciano Lapadula’s speech is based on his book “The Macabre and the Grotesque in Fashion and Costume“, available at the following link: https://www.progedit.com/libro-589.html

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Willem Dafoe all’inaugurazione del Festival

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Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun: when art meets fashion

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Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842) è senza dubbio la più significativa artista donna nella Francia del Rococò. Emancipata, dotata di una raffinata bellezza e di un talento straordinario, ha ritratto personaggi illustri e alla moda durante il regno di Maria Antonietta proseguendo nel periodo Neoclassico. Ho selezionato alcune sue opere analizzando dettagli che raccontano stili e tendenze sorprendenti.

Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842) is undoubtedly the most significant female artist in Rococo France. Emancipated, endowed with a refined beauty and an extraordinary talent, she portrayed illustrious and fashionable characters during the reign of Marie Antoinette, continuing in that Neoclassical period that is very present in the artist’s canvases. I have selected some of her works by analyzing amazing details.

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Marie-Antoinette en grand habit de cour 1778 Elisabeth Louise Vigée

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1794 Aglae de Gramont, née de Polignac, duchesse de Guiche by Louise Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun

Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, La duchesse de Guise, 1794

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Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun sefl-portrait 1781

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Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, Gabrielle Yolande Claude Martine de Polastron, duchesse de Polignac, 1782

Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, Gabrielle Yolande Claude Martine de Polastron, duchesse de Polignac, 1782

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Portrait of Marie Gabrielle de Gramont, Duchesse de Caderousse, 1784 — Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

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Baroness Bonne-Marie-Joséphine-Gabrielle Bernard de Boulainvilli

La Baronne de Crussol, 1785 Elisabeth Louise Vigee-Le brun

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Elisabeth Louise Vigee Lebrun And Her Daughter 1789

Madame Vigée-Lebrun and her daughter Jeanne Lucie Louise – 1789

Elisabeth Louise Vigee Lebrun And Her Daughter 1789 neoclassis direttorio

Portrait of Count Grigory Chernyshev with a Mask in His Hand 1793

Portrait of Count Grigory Chernyshev with a Mask in His Hand, 1793

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Hairstyles Revival in time

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Le acconciature al pari degli indumenti seguono delle tendenze ben precise spesso in linea con un mood che riporta in auge fogge del passato. Ecco alcuni hairstyle che ho studiato e che sono frutto di rielaborazioni di mode più vecchie.

Hairstyles like garments follow trends often in line with a mood that makes comeback styles of the past. Here are some hairstyles that I have studied that are the result of reworkings of older fashions. Follow me for more.

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Haistyle: 1855 vs 1955

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Louise Brooks in 20s – Cher in 1972 by Richard Avedon

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Tricia Helfer for Yves Saint Laurent in 1996 vs Betty Grable in 40s

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Pageboy from 70s to now with Alice Kastrup. Ph credit Filippo Del Vita for Creem Magazine

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Rolled Hair in 70s and Guido Palau from “Hair” 2014

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1940s waves and make-up from Hedy Lamarr to contemporary Katy Perry

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Supermodel Eve Salvail in glorious 1994 vs Dior men 2018

The #bighair of #PriscillaPresley in 1968 are now on #Valentino runway

The #bighair of #PriscillaPresley in 1968 are in 2018 on #Valentino runway

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Divas of Fascist Cinema

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Il volto scolpito nel marmo, uno sguardo insieme sensuale e spietato che allude all’erotismo più feroce di quei giorni bui. Le labbra violacee evidenziano un sorriso amaro, sprezzante, fiero del proprio sublime incanto. Sono le dive del cinema fascista, in un’Italia umiliata dalla guerra regnano sulle superfici dell’illusione per regalare un sogno a chi di illusione perisce.

The face sculpted in marble, a sensual and ruthless glance that alludes to the most ferocious eroticism of those dark days. The violet lips show a bitter, contemptuous smile, proud of its own sublime charm. They are the divas of Fascist cinema, in an Italy humiliated by war thay all reigns on the surfaces of illusion to give a dream to those who are diyng by illusion.

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Alida Valli – From a Fresh Look to a Dark Lady – Venturini

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Alida Valli. Ghergo

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Luisa Ferida

Leda Gloria

Seductive Leda Gloria – Ghergo

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Leda Gloria – Venturini

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Elisa Cegani from in “LA CORONA DI FERRO” di Alessandro Blasetti, 1941. Winner of Coppa Mussolini award

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Clara Calami: the first italian “Dark Lady” actress

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Clara Calamai. I think she worn Ferragamo platform shoes. Could be now

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Elsa De Giorgi – Peek-a-Boo hairstyle. Ph Venturini

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A perfect face. Elsa De Giorgi

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Amazing Beauty: Doris Duranti, the most loved by dictators

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Doris Duranti, the fascist actress, by Elio Luxardo

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Isa Mirande: the platinum italian Dietrich

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Isa Miranda, who arrived in Hollywood, was greeted with clamor by the public and by Paramount

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Circassienne Fashion: Punk style from XVIII sec

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«Fu Mademoiselle Aïssé la donna che lanciò la grottesca tendenza vestimentaria denominata robe à la circassienne. Il suo destino segnò la storia del costume in modo eccezionale: proveniente dalla Circassia, nella zona del Caucaso, bella e insofferente, fu
acquistata al mercato degli schiavi a Costantinopoli dall’ambasciatore di Francia Monsieur de Ferriol. Il suo abito era aperto sul davanti e caratterizzato da ben tre cordoni per essere rialzato sino alla caviglia, maniche più corte di quelle della sottoveste, che invece aveva una cascata di pizzi che giungeva sino al polso.

Ottenuto con tessuti a forti cromie contrastanti e adornato da strisce e inserti animalier, lo stile circassienne anticipò di secoli nella propria essenza lo spirito del punk della seconda metà del Novecento.

Aggressività e stupore, rottura con gli eleganti schemi di uno stile perbenista, origine suburbana sono solo alcune delle affinità che in un volo pindarico congiungono due mondi apparentemente lontanissimi tra loro.»

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«Mademoiselle Aïssé was the woman which launched the grotesque trend called robe à la circassienne. Her destiny signed the history of costume in an exceptional way: coming from the Circassia, in the area of the Caucasus, beautiful and impatient, she was purchased at the slave market in Constantinople by the ambassador of France Monsieur de Ferriol.

Her dress was open at the front and featured from three cords to be raised up to the ankle, sleeves more short of those of the petticoat, which instead had a cascade of lace that cames to the wrist.

Obtained with fabrics with strong colors contrasting and adorned with stripes and animal inserts, the Circassian style she anticipated centuries in its essence the spirit of the punk of the second half of the twentieth century.

Aggression and amazement, break with the elegant schemes of a respectable style, suburban origin they are just some of the affinities that in a pindaric flight  join two worlds apparently very distant between them.»

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