Barbara La Marr: Heroin & Death in Old Hollywood

Barbara La Marr, young actress addicted to morphine and heroin

«Il via alla moda dell’autodistruzione 
era stato dato qualche anno prima
da Barbara La Marr, 
attrice soprannominata “la troppo bella”, 
consegnata alla storia per esser stata 
la prima morta di overdose da eroina: era il 1926.

Barbara conobbe tutti i tipi di droga, 
conservava la cocaina in un prezioso cofanetto in oro.

Volto struggente, fascino maledetto e distruttivo 
e occhi allucinati furono il dettaglio 
che caratterizzò quella perduta bellezza.»

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«The fashionable way of self-destruction had been given a few years earlier, however, by Barbara La Marr, an actress nicknamed “the girl who was too beautiful”, consigned to history for having been the first death of a heroin overdose: it was 1926.

Barbara knew everyone the types of drugs, he kept cocaine in a precious gold casket.

A poignant face, damned and destructive charm and hallucinated eyes were the details that characterized that lost beauty.»

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5 drawings from Andrew Loomis that look as 90s supermodels

andrew loomis supermodel 90s 40s hairstyle makeup art blog fashion museum storia luciano lapadula moda yves saint laurent ss summer 1996 90er blog blogger moda

La riflessione sulla bellezza porta a percorrere strade impervie, in cui è facile smarrirsi nella ricerca della perfezione che lasci riconoscere il bello in senso universale e oggettivo. Da qui parte il fremito che mi ha attraversato quando ho visto i disegni di Andrew Loomis: in alcune sue opere degli anni ’40 infatti, pare l’artista abbia ritratto alcune supermodelle anni ’90 anticipandone l’immagine di 50 anni circa. Vediamo tre di questi miei confronti.

The reflection on beauty leads to travel through impervious roads, in which it is easy to lose oneself in the search for perfection that allows us to recognize beauty in a universal and objective sense. From here starts the thrill that crossed me when I saw the drawings of Andrew Loomis: in some of his artworks from 40s it seems the artist has portrayed some supermodels of the 90s anticipating the image of that kind of beauty about 50 years. We see five of these comparisons of mine.

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andrew loomis linda evangelista yellow suit art blog fashion museum storia luciano lapadula moda christian dior 1992 1993

On the right Linda Evangelista for Christian Dior 1992 1993

andrew loomis supermodel 90s 40s hairstyle makeup art blog fashion museum storia luciano lapadula moda yves saint laurent ss summer 1996 90er shalom harlow top

On the right Shalom Harlow in 1995

andrew loomis supermodel 90s 40s hairstyle makeup art blog fashion museum storia luciano lapadula moda yves saint laurent ss summer 1996 90er carla bruni

On the right Carla Bruni for Yves Saint Laurent ss 1996

andrew loomis supermodel 90s 40s hairstyle makeup art blog fashion museum storia luciano lapadula moda yves saint laurent ss summer 1996 90er

Still Yves Saint Laurent 1996

andrew loomis supermodel 90s 40s hairstyle makeup art blog fashion museum storia luciano lapadula moda yves saint laurent ss summer 1996 90er eva herzigova top

On the right supermodel Eva Herzigova 1993 ca

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