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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20s Flapper girls from China

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Una nuova tipologia di donna nasce in Cina durante gli anni ’20. La sfrenatezza della vita occidentale, legata al ritrovato benessere, invade l’Oriente e la sua moda che lentamente è sedotta dall’immagine à la Garçonne. Il pesante cerone, gli ombrellini di carta, i fascianti kimono in seta cedono il passo ad impalpabili abiti  in chiffon, a trucchi meno vistosi, ad acconciature “alla maschietta”. E si fa strada ad Hollywood la prima tra le attrici cinesi, Anna May Wong, destinata a divenire un’icona di stile per il mondo intero. Di seguito una selezione di immagini che testimoniano questa rivoluzione sociale e vestimentaria in Cina.

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A kind of woman was born in China during the 1920s. The wildness of Western life, linked to the refounded welfare, invades the Orient and its fashion that was slowly seduced by the style “à la Garçonne”. The heavy make-up, the paper umbrellas, the kimono silk bindings give way to impalpable chiffon dresses, to less conspicuous make-up, to “boyish” hairstyles. And the first of the Chinese actresses, Anna May Wong, was making her way to Hollywood, destined to become a style icon for the whole world. Below for you a selection of images that testify to this social and clothing chinese revolution.

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Illustrazione cinese anni ’20. Due ballerine indossano un abito tradizionale chiamato Cheongsam, rivisitato per un look occidentale tipico della “Flapper Girl”. I capelli sono corti e in stile Garçonne. Calzature T-Bar. 

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Chinese illustration from the 20s. Two female dancers wear a dress called Cheongsam, rivisited in Western look, typical of the Flapper Girls. The hair is short and in Garçonne style. T-Bar shoes

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Ni Hongyan, Chinese film actress popular in the Chinese film industry in the late 1920s. Fashion Magazine and Amazing Belt (seems to be a modern Alaya!) for this beautiful girl in her swimsuit

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Silk Socks, Waves Hairstyle and Cigarette for a smoking flapper

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Huang Huilan wife of the  Chinese diplomat Wellington Koo, popular in the western world as Madame Wellington Koo or Hui-lan Koo

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still Madame Wellington Koo

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Two asian ladies in 20s fashionable outfits

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March 25, 1928. Here is Anna May Wong visiting Chicago. Trousers, Mary Jane shoes and Cloche hat for the first Chinese American Hollywood movie star, as well as the first Chinese American actress to gain international recognition

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“The Dangerous” Anna May Wong

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Anna May Wong a glamorous Femme Fatale. 1928

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Anna May Wong in 20s

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Anna May Wong -1929 photo by Paul Tanqueray

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Stripes & Disorders from fashion in 1914 – 1915

 

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Quello della striscia come motivo ornamentale o pattern per indumenti merita una riflessione approfondita. Mi limito qui, in sintesi, a farvi riflettere sul ruolo che questa geometria assume nel campo della semiologia e quindi della storia del costume. La riga, la striatura, la striscia, riveste il corpo interrompendo in modo violento un “tutto” sottoesposto generando così in chi guarda l’abito – e allora chi lo indossa – un senso di confusione, misto a eccitazione e persino ricusazione. Come il simbolo di un divieto, quello di un’allerta, o come una sbarra che impedisce un passaggio, la striscia nel suo consueto bicolore, cattura l’attenzione spezzando la regola dell’uniforme: irriverente e ribelle diviene alla moda intorno al 1914 – 1915, e non a caso. La Belle Époque con la sua sfrenatezza cancella il ruolo della donna “angelo del focolare” in virtù di una nuova figura emancipata, pronta a riprendere il proprio ruolo sociale. I venti di guerra poi, soffiano tra le strade delle città, profumando l’aria di polvere da sparo. La riga così spunta violenta dalle tele di Egon Schiele e dagli abiti di Paul Poiret, comparendo sui vestiti delle signore alla moda, simbolo del tempo nuovo e della pericolosità di quello futuro.

That of the stripe as an ornamental motif or garment pattern deserves a thorough reflection. In short, I limit myself here to reflect on the role that this geometry assumes in the field of semiology and therefore of the history of customs. The line, the streak, the strip, covers the body violently interrupting a “whole” underexposed thus generating in the viewer the dress – and then the wearer – a sense of confusion, mixed with excitement and even rejection. As the symbol of a ban, that of an alert, or like a bar that prevents a passage, the strip in its usual two-color, catches the attention breaking the rule of the uniform: irreverent and rebel becomes fashionable around 1914 – 1915, and not by chance. The Belle Époque with its wilderness cancels the role of the woman “angel of the hearth” by virtue of a new emancipated figure, ready to resume its social role. The winds of war then, blow through the streets of the city, smelling the air of gunpowder. The line so violent check on the clothes of fashionable ladies, symbol of the new time and the danger of the future.

Portrait of Edith Schiele in a Striped Dress - Egon Schiele, 1915

Egon Schiele Portrait of Edith Schiele in a Striped Dress – 1915

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Egon Schiele and wife Edith (muse) with Striped Dress Sitting, ca 1915. – artwork by Schiele 1915 – Emilie Louise Flöge – 1914 – wearing one of Gustav Klimt’s dress shirts that he made just for her

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Matisse – Striped Jacket, 1914

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Viv in Blue Stripe, 1914 – Robert Henri (

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French Illustration by Georges Barbierfor Costumes Parisiens – 1914

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The Delineator – July 1914

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Fashion Plate from The Delineator – July 1914

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The Modern Priscilla, October 1915

Les Modes (Paris) 1914 Costume tailleur par Redfern

Les Modes, Paris – 1914 Costume tailleur by Redfern

Les Modes (Paris) 1914 Robe d'apres-midi par Zimmermann

Les Modes, Paris – 1914 Robe d’apres-midi byZ immermann

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1914 c. fashion for a day at the races

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Olga Skott Vänersborg – 1914, by K & A Vikner – Vänersborg Museum

1915 a fool there was

Theda Bara in a scene from the film ‘A Fool There Was’ 1915

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Theda Bara in a scene from the film ‘A Fool There Was’ 1915

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Fashion and Make-Up from Silent Movies

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Fatali, struggenti, maledette: le donne del cinema muto hanno lanciato mode dell’assurdo, che racconto nel mio libro. Per voi un breve estratto nel video.

Fatal, tormenting, cursed: the women of silent cinema have launched fashions of the absurd, which I tell in my book. A short excerpt in the video for you.

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When Madonna was Evita

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Cinema, Moda, Musica incontrano la storia. Siamo nel 1996 e una camaleontica Madonna indossa i panni di Evita Peron, attrice e adorata First Lady argentina nell’immediato dopoguerra. Per il film, diretto da Alan Parker, Italia e Francia gareggiano tra loro in sala costumi: la sartoria romana Tirelli cura il guardaroba con Penny Rose, vestiti e tailleur ricreati su modello di quelli indossati da Evita si alternano a capi autentici anni ’40 e il New Look di Dior trionfa per la sera con autentici capolavori di alta moda.

Le pellicce indossate da Madonna sono create da Fendi, per la casa di moda un classico dai tempi di “Gruppo di Famiglia in un Interno”. Per le calzature, invece, ci si ricorda di Ferragamo, brand amato in vita dalla Peron. Nulla dunque è trascurato, le bellissime acconciature di Martin Samuel completano un aspetto il cui risultato è straordinario: il film vince l’Oscar e la costumista, per gli 85 abiti presenti nel film, si aggiudica il BAFTA.

E forse questo grande lavoro di ricerca e ricostruzione sarebbe piaciuto a Monsier Christian Dior, il quale un giorno disse:

“l’unica regina che io abbia mai vestito è stata Evita Peron”.

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Cinema, Fashion, Music meet history. We are in 1996 and a chameleon-like Madonna wearing the clothes of Evita Peron, actress and beloved Argentine First Lady in the immediate post-war period. For the movie, directed by Alan Parker, Italy and France compete in the costumes room: the Roman tailoring Tirelli takes care of the wardrobe with Penny Rose, clothes and suits recreated on the model worn by Evita alternate with authentic ’40s and Dior’s New Look style gown for the evening with authentic high fashion masterpieces. The furs worn by Madonna are created by Fendi, for the fashion house a classic from the time of “Conversation Piece”. For the shoes, however, they remember Ferragamo, a brand loved by Peron in life. Nothing is therefore overlooked, the beautiful hairstyles of Martin Samuel complete an aspect whose result is extraordinary: the movie wins the Oscar and the costume designer, for the 85 dresses in the film, is awarded the BAFTA. And perhaps this great research work and reconstruction would have pleased Monsieur Christian Dior, who one day said:”The only queen I ever dressed was Eva Peron.”

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Bella fino a morire: Maria Montez | When Beauty Kills

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Aladino, dal film “Arabian Nights”:

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Fu attraversata da un fremito quando ascoltò la battuta, Maria Montez. Il film è “Arabian Nights” e siamo nel 1942. La bellissima attrice dominicana era all’apice del successo. I suoi occhi di brace consumavano i sogni degli uomini e le sue fotografie riempivano i loro armadietti celebrandola come una tra le prime Pin-Up hollywoodiane. Nata a Santa Cruz de Barahona nel 1912 come María Antonia Africa Gracia Vidal di Sacro Silas scelse di farsi chiamare Montez, un nome breve ma energico come la sua personalità.

Il matrimonio naufragato e il riscontro nel lavoro di modella  la spinsero ad osare, a trasferirsi ad Hollywood per sfondare nel cinema. Era disposta a tutto per raggiungere la gloria, così arrivarono piccole comparse prima, ruoli da protagonista poi. La sensuale latina divenne regina del filone cinematografico escapista, che permetteva agli spettatori una breve illusoria fuga dalla triste realtà segnata dalla guerra. Con la fine del conflitto, però, la magia si interruppe, la moda della bellezza esotica tramontò e quelle donne fatali cedettero il proprio ruolo alle attrici platinate dai sorrisi e dalle curve rassicuranti.

Maria era ancora giovane e bellissima, celebre per il suo carattere impetuoso, per il suo apparire vistoso alle feste, per la sua sfrenata ricerca di consensi. Tentò così di rimettersi in gioco in Europa, recitando in Francia e in Italia, ma quel nuovo cinema introspettivo, era distante dal suo essere carnale.

Aveva 39 anni Maria quando inaspettatamente Hollywood si ricordò di lei e la scelse per una parte. Lei, che per contratto doveva essere sempre avvenente, non ebbe il tempo di festeggiare.

Ripetendo il suo rituale di bellezza, riempì di acqua fumante la lussuosa vasca da bagno in marmo bianco, un bicchiere di cognac, le candele accese. L’America voleva la Maria di venti anni prima, doveva essere bellissima, aprì la rotella dell’acqua calda ancora un po’ di più, il vapore si condensò sui muri della stanza, sulla sua fotografia che parve scomparire man mano che il corpo della diva si immergeva per l’ultima volta nell’acqua bollente, oltre 60 gradi. Stop. Buona l’ultima.

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From the movie “Arabian Nights”, year 1942. Aladdin:

If you have to leave, don’t go until you come back

Maria Montez was left speechless when she listened to these words. The film is “Arabian Nights” and we are in 1942. The beautiful Dominican actress was at the height of success. Her eyes of embers consumed the dreams of men and her photographs filled their lockers celebrating her as one of the first Hollywood Pin-Ups. Born in Santa Cruz de Barahona in 1912 as María Antonia Africa Gracia Vidal of Sacro Silas chose to be called Montez, a short but energetic name like her personality. The marriage was shipwrecked and the response in the work of the model pushed her to dare, moving to Hollywood. She was willing to do anything to achieve glory, so little start played minor parts in film, then starring roles. The sensual Latina girl became the queen of the escapism movie trend, that allowed the spectators a brief illusory escape from the sad reality marked by the II world war. With the end of the conflict, however, the magic stopped, the fashion of exotic beauty went down and those fatal women gave up their role to the platinized actresses with reassuring smiles and curves. Maria was still young and beautiful, famous for her impetuous character, for her showy appearance at parties, for her unbridled search for consensus. She tried a new career in Europe, playing in France and in Italy, but that new introspective cinema was far from her being Latin, carnal. She was 39 years old when Hollywood unexpectedly chose her for a part in a movie. She, who by contract must always be attractive, did not have time to celebrate. Repeating her ritual of beauty, she filled the luxurious white marble bathtub with steaming water, a glass of cognac, and lit candles. America wanted the Maria twenty years ago, shet had to be beautiful, she opened the hot water wheel a little more, the steam condensed on the walls of the room, on her photograph that seemed to disappear as the body of the diva immersed itself for the last time in boiling water, over 60 degrees. Stop. Good the last one.

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Maria Montez as a Pin-UP

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Premio UBU 2017 – Licia Lanera in un mio abito del 1938

L’abito, dal mio archivio, è stato indossato dall’attrice Licia Lanera, madrina della quarantesima edizione del Premio Ubu tenutasi a Milano lo scorso 16 dicembre.

Proviene dalla Berlino del 1938. In crêpe di seta, il suo design rigoroso presenta le influenze tipiche dello stile razionalista.

La parte anteriore è caratterizzata da una sovrapposizione di tessuto che partendo dallo scollo ricade sul tubino inferiore,terminando in due pannelli mobili.

Non resta che presentarvi il vestito, augurandomi vi piaccia.

 

This dress comes from my archive and was worn by actress Licia Lanera, during the fortieth edition of the Ubu Theatre Festival, in Milan last December 16th.

It comes from Berlin, year 1938. In silk crêpe, its rigorous design presents the typical influences of the rationalist style.

The front part is characterized by an overlap of fabric that starts from the neckline falls on the lower sheath, ending in two mobile panels.

You just have to look at the dress, wishing you like it.

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