Ready to Wear from Thierry Mugler ss 1992.

If the concept of “Ready to Wear” approaches “Ready Made”, to the surreal, to the world of art in its many facets. Thierry Mugler spring summer 1992. Supermodels Niki Taylor, Yasmeen Ghauri and Naomi Campbell. The three amazing and different types of beauties of the supermodels create a unique aesthetic picture of its kind. Unrepeatable today. Iconic moments for a style that ironizes on the past, on the present and on the future…on fashion, on the wearability of a dress, on its opulent aesthetics.

Niki Taylor
Yasmeen Ghauri
Yasmeen Ghauri

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An Actress, a Prince, a car crash

«Nell’estate del 1931 il principe più bello d’Europa, Umberto II di Savoia, fu oggetto di scandalose cronache che raccontavano di un presunto idillio tra il giovane, che si era sposato solo diciotto mesi prima, e la bellissima attrice hollywoodiana Jeanette MacDonald, giunta in Riviera per una vacanza. Il giorno in cui si sarebbe dovuta separare da Umberto, lei era seduta in macchina e lui era alla guida, l’automobile slittò sull’asfalto bagnato facendo sbalzare fuori dall’abitacolo i due. Il volto dell’attrice ne rimase sfigurato, per ricucirle il cuoio capelluto i chirurghi dovettero raderle la bionda chioma. Disperata Jeanette si fece aiutare dal banchiere Maurice Garfunkel che la affidò ai migliori specialisti di New York. La diva sfigurata fu restituita prontamente a Hollywood grazie a un abile intervento di chirurgia plastica.»

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«In the summer of 1931 the most beautiful prince of Europe, Umberto II of Savoy, was the object of scandalous chronicles that told of an alleged idyll between the young man, who had married only eighteen months before, and the beautiful Hollywood actress Jeanette MacDonald, come to the Riviera for holydays. The day she was supposed to leave Umberto, she was sitting in the car and he was driving, the car skidded on the wet asphalt, knocking the two out of the cockpit. The actress’s face was disfigured, and to round her scalp the surgeons had to shave her blonde hair. Desperate, Jeanette was helped by the banker Maurice Garfunkel who entrusted her to the best specialists in New York. The disfigured diva was promptly returned to Hollywood thanks to a skilful plastic surgery.»

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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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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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History of Sex Dolls

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Spingersi oltre, ma tornare anche indietro. Rifiutare un approccio comune per dar sfogo a un “Io” diviso tra pulsione feticistica e rifiuto dei rapporti sociali. Tutto questo prende forma, e vita, nella Bambola Sessuale, che ha una storia assai antica. Da disegni e scritti si evince per certo il loro utilizzo sin dal ‘500, rapportabile a una speciale forma di parafilia detta “pigmalionismo”, consistente nel provare piacere durante il compimento di  un atto sessuale con una statua o una rappresentazione plastica del corpo umano.

Il nome che identifica questo tipo di disturbo psicosessuale trae la propria origine dalla figura mitica di Pigmalione. Il re di Cipro infatti si innamorò perdutamente di una statua da lui stesso creata, e ottene da Afrodite che la scultura fosse trasformata in donna vivente che poi sposò.

A differenza di quanto avviene con i più comuni “giocattoli sessuali”, in uso da uomini e donne anche nel Medio Evo, nel pigmalionismo la bambola è un feticcio che si sostituisce interamente all’essere umano, e l’appagamento giunge solo nel caso in cui sussistano determinate condizioni quali appunto l’inumanità, descrivendo quindi un processo psicologico molto più complesso. Scompare l’animus del rapporto e lo scambio da esso derivante, sostituito da un Super-Io che è paradossalmente anche l’esplicita affermazione di un ego svilito e incapace, annoiato, individualista.

Col trascorrere del tempo questi strumenti del piacere furono perfezionati e realizzati in  stoffa imbottita di lana, sovente al capo erano cuciti capelli veri, sul volto dipinti occhi, naso e bocca. Chiamate “dames de voyage” accompagnavano gli uomini che per varie ragioni erano costretti a vivere lontano dal gentil sesso.

Curioso quanto avvenne durante la seconda guerra mondiale, quando i soldati tedeschi avrebbero dovuto avere a propria disposizione bambole gonfiabili da poter riporre comodamente nello zaino dopo l’utilizzo. Il progetto non fu mai realizzato. Si dovrà attendere la seconda metà del ‘900 per assistere a una capillare ed efficace diffusione di bambole gonfiabili realizzate in lattice. Bionde, brune, rosse, oggi il loro aspetto umanoide sfida la perfezione, amate dai collezionisti trovano spazio nei musei, ma il loro posto preferito resta sempre nel segreto di una stanza, per un amore di plastica.

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Go further, but also return back. Reject a common approach to give vent to an “I” dividedbetween fetishistic drive and rejection of social relationships. All this takes shape, and life, in the Sex Doll, which has a very ancient history. From drawings and writings it is clear that they have been used since the 16th century, related to a special form of paraphilia called “pigmalionism”, consisting in feeling pleasure during the fulfillment of a sexual act with a statue or a plastic representation of the human body.

The name that identifies this type of psychosexual disorder derives its origin from the mythical figure of Pygmalion. The king of Cyprus in fact fell madly in love with a statue he had created, and he got from Aphrodite that the sculpture was transformed into a living woman who he later married.

Unlike what happens with the most common “sex toys”, in use by men and women even in the Middle Ages, in the pigmalionism the doll is a fetish that replaces entirely  the human bodies, and the fulfillment comes only in the case in which certain conditions exist such as inhumanity, thus describing a much more complex psychological process. Disappear the animus of the relationship and the exchange deriving from it, replaced by a superego that is also paradoxically the explicit affirmation of a debased and incapable, bored, individualistic ego.

With the passing of time these instruments of pleasure were perfected and made of woolen stuffed fabric, often the head was sewn real hair, on the face painted eyes, nose and mouth. Called “dames de voyage” accompanied the men who for various reasons were forced to live far from the fair sex.

Curious what happened during the Second World War, when German soldiers would have to have at their disposal inflatable dolls to be easily stored in the backpack after use. The project was never realized. We will have to wait for the second half of the 20th century to witness a capillary and effective diffusion of inflatable dolls made in latex. Blondes, brunettes, reds, today their humanoid appearance challenges perfection, loved by collectors find space in museums, but their favorite place always remains in the secret of a room, for a plastic love.

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Sculpted doll. 1505 ca

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Late ‘800s – early ‘900s ca – A gentleman wearing a costume embraces a mannequin

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Inflatable Doll ad from 60s

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Late 60s Inflatable Doll ad

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A modern sex doll…it can cost up to £11,700

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Miley Cyrus performing live with a male Sex Doll

installation view of Sex Dolls, 2011, at Serpentine Gallery, London, 2013

Sturtevant. Sex Dolls, 2011; installation view, Sturtevant: Leaps Jumps and Bumps, 2013; Courtesy Serpentine Gallery, London. Photo: Jerry Hardman-Jones

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