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

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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 – Ph unknown

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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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The Most Beautiful Suicide

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Sul biglietto che Evelyn lasciò prima del tragico salto scrisse:

Non voglio che nessuno mi veda, nemmeno la mia famiglia. Fatemi cremare, distruggete il mio corpo.Vi supplico: niente funerale, niente cerimonie. Il mio fidanzato mi ha chiesto di sposarlo a giugno. Ma io non sarei mai la brava moglie di nessuno.
Sarà molto più felice senza di me. Dite a mio padre che, evidentemente, ho fin troppe cose in comune con mia madre

Era una ragazza di soli 23 anni.

Può un suicidio trattenere bellezza e trasformarsi in un’opera d’arte?

Io credo di si. L’elogio della morte di una bella ragazza è atroce e seducente. Da Andy Warhol a David Bowie – nella sua canzone “Jump They Say” – l’esistenza dolorosa di una vita spezzata nel suo fiorire, rende la protagonista un’eroina eterna.

Tratto dal mio libro “Il Macabro e il Grottesco nella Moda e nel Costume“,

la descrizione dell’accaduto.

 

“Edgar Allan Poe, all’interno del
suo saggio La filosofia della composizione,
scrisse che
«la morte di una bella
donna è senza dubbio l’argomento
più poetico del mondo»
e in proposito
colma di emozione è l’immagine
realizzata per caso dall’allora aiuto fotografo
Robert Wiles il primo maggio
1947.
Riuscì a immortalare la ventitreenne
Evelyn McHale distesa con
elegante ma innaturale compostezza
sul tetto di una limousine dopo un
lungo volo dall’ottantaseiesimo piano
dell’Empire State Building.
La fanciulla appare dolcemente
sprofondata tra le scure lamiere del
veicolo, i vetri infranti, l’acciaio laccato
ricurvo su se stesso per la violenza
dell’impatto, e lei lì, supina come
una bella addormentata in un sonno
senza fiato.
Dal freddo metallo della
vettura emerge prepotente il colore
rosso del raffinato tailleur. Bianca la
camicetta e bianchi i lunghi guantini
che vestono ancora alle mani. I capelli
biondi circondano un volto bellissimo
e dal trucco perfetto. Le calze sono
abbassate. Le braccia sono piegate e
la mano sinistra appare gentile accanto
al volto, socchiusa in un gesto che
sembra sofisticato e fascinoso.
Il suicidio
perde in questo caso l’orrore del
suo significato grazie alla bellezza di
un’immagine che appare come quella
di una rivista di moda. La paradossale
assenza di sangue e di deturpazione,
abbinata alla compostezza del soggetto,
fecero sorgere l’appellativo con il
quale la fotografia venne chiamata:
“il suicidio più bello”.
L’immagine lascia
scaturire una forte contraddizione
nella mente dello spettatore, sedotto
dall’estetica della morte che appare
crudelmente soave.
Vorremmo chiedere
a Evelyn il perché di quel gesto,
la frustrazione per l’incomprensibilità
della sua scelta genera una morbosa
attenzione ai dettagli che raccontano
della sua vita: la bianca sciarpa che
vorticosamente scendeva dalla finestra
raggiungendo il corpo, il porta-
trucco lasciato in disparte insieme al
cappotto ripiegato, la sua lettera di
addio.
Una morte violenta per una
fotografia dalla bellezza immortale.
Questa immagine attraente e insieme
aberrante venne pubblicata
all’interno della rivista “Life” con il
titolo The Most Beautiful Suicide.
La didascalia narrava:
«At the bottom of
the Empire State Building the body
of Evelyn McHale reposes calmly in
grotesque bier, her falling body punched
into the top of a car».
Lo scatto
fu poi rielaborato da Andy Warhol
nel 1962 con il nome: Suicide (Fallen
Body), in un’indagine sul rapporto tra
bellezza, morte e Pop Art.”
Luciano Lapadula

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The Most Beautiful Suicide

On the piece of paper Evelyn left before the tragic leap, she wrote:

I don’t want anyone in or out of my family to see any part of me. Could you destroy my body by cremation? I beg of you and my family – don’t have any service for me or remembrance for me. My fiancé asked me to marry him in June. I don’t think I would make a good wife for anybody. He is much better off without me. Tell my father, I have too many of my mother’s tendencies

She was only 23 years old.

Can a suicide keep beauty and transform into a work of art?

I think yes. The praise of the death of a beautiful girl is terrible and seductive. From Andy Warhol to David Bowie – in his song “Jump They Say” – the traumatic existence of a life broken in its blossom, makes the protagonist an eternal heroine.

Taken from my book “Il Macabro e il Grottesco nella Moda e nel Costume“,

the description of the fact.

“Edgar Allan Poe, within its essay Philosophy of composition,
wrote that

«the death of a beautiful
woman is undoubtedly the most poetic
topic of the world »

and about this
the image realized by chance
by the former assistant photographer

Robert Wiles on the first of May
1947 is rich of emotion.

He succeeded in capturing the twenty-three years-old
Evelyn McHale lying with
elegant but unnatural composure
on the top of a limousine after a
long flight from the eighty-sixth floor
of the Empire State Building.


The girl seems to be sweetly
collapsed among the dark plates of
the car, the glasses smashed, the lacquered steel
bent on itself because of the violence
of the impact and the girl there, supine as
a sleeping beauty in a breathless
sleep.

From the ice-cold metal of the
car there comes, violently, the red colour
of the sophisticated suit. 
White is the

blouse and white are the long gloves
that still adorn her hands. Her blonde
hair frame a beautiful face
with a perfect makeup. 
The tights are
taken down. abbassate. Her arms are bent and
the left hand seems to be gentle near
the face, half-closed in a gesture that
seems to be sophisticated and charming.

The suicide,
in this case, loses the atrociousness of
its meaning thanks to the beauty of
an image that seems to come from 
a fashion magazine.

The paradoxical
absence of blood and disfigurement,
combined with the composure of the subject,
gave birth to the title with
which the picture was called:
“The Most Beautiful Suicide”.

The image gives
origin to a strong contradiction
in the observer’s mind, seduced
by the aesthetic of death that seems to be
cruelly sweet.

We would like to ask
Evelyn the reason of that gesture,
the frustration for the incomprehensibility
of her choice generates a morbid
attention to the details that
tell her life: the white scarf that
vertically fell from the window
reaching the body,
the beauty case left apart together with the folded coat, her suicide note.

A violent death for a
picture having an immortal beauty.


This charming and simultaneously
aberrant image was published
in the magazine “Life” with the
title The Most Beautiful Suicide.

The caption told:

«At the bottom of
the Empire State Building the body
of Evelyn McHale reposes calmly in
grotesque bier, her falling body punched
into the top of a car».

The shot
has been then redesigned by Andy Warhol
in 1962 with the name: Suicide (Fallen
Body), in a study about the relationship between 
beauty, death and Pop Art.”

Luciano Lapadula

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Evelyn Francis McHale

BIRTH

Berkeley, Alameda County, California, USA
DEATH 1 May 1947 (aged 23)

Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
BURIAL

Middle VillageQueens CountyNew YorkUSA

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Spirit Photography – Fotografia spiritica tra ‘800 e ‘900

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È la fine del XIX secolo, il mondo pare cambiare troppo vorticosamente. Il metallo svetta dal cemento delle metropoli e promette di toccare il cielo. Nuove generazioni si scontrano con quelle vecchie, i cabaret sono affollati da “cocotte”, i bar da artisti che annegano nell’assenzio insieme alle prostitute. La domenica si indossa l’abito buono, chi può permetterselo sfoggia quello bianco. Cambia il modo di ricordare, la fotografia sostituisce le tele dei pittori, e ci descrive di quella strana moda che imperversò durante l’epoca vittoriana giungendo ai primi decenni del nuovo secolo: lo spiritismo. Dalla Russia degli Zar a  Villa Santa Barbara di Cefalù personaggi carismatici, mistici, visionari muovono folle di adepti assetati di conoscere i segreti della vita e della morte. Il clima di trasformazione sociale, i nuovi mostruosi mondi generati dal capitalismo, generano ansia, terrore, malattia. Tubercolosi e sifilide sono solo due tra i tanti virus che decimano impietosi uomini e donne, i dagherrotipi cercano di fermare inutilmente quelle esistenze, ma sono solo fotografie. Allora ci si riunisce in casa, nel salotto, si chiudono le pesanti tende in broccato e intorno a un tavolo solitamente con tre gambe, le mani dei presenti si stringono in una catena, e il medium invoca una presenza. Di seguito una selezione di immagini d’epoca che testimonia la pratica dello spiritismo tra la fine del 1800 e l’inizio del 1900. Come tutte le tendenze, numerosi fiorirono i gabinetti fotografici esperti nel ritrarre quelle immagini che presero il nome di “fotografie spiritiche”.  Alcune tra queste sono frutto di un abile e antesignana pratica di fotoritocco, i cui effetti speciali hanno contribuito ad alimentare come vento sul fuoco le fiamme della speranza, il morbo della conoscenza, consumando le struggenti notti di quel tempo perduto.

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It’s the end of the Nineteenth century, the world seems to change too vortically. Metal stands out from the cemented streets of the metropolises and promises to touch the sky. New generations clash with old ones, cabarets are crowded with “cocottes”, bars by artists drowning in absinthe along with prostitutes. On Sundays people wear the “good dress”, a white one if wealthy. The way to remember changes, photography replaces the paintings, and describes that strange fashion that raged during the Victorian Age reaching the first decades of the new century: spiritualism. From Tsars’ Russia to Villa Santa Barbara in Cefalù, charismatic, mystical and visionary characters move crowds of adepts eager for knowing the secrets of life and death. The mood of general social transformation, the new monstrous worlds created by capitalism, generate anxiety, terror, disease. Tuberculosis and syphilis are just two of the many viruses that merciless decimate men and women, daguerreotypes try to uselessly stop those existences, but they are only photographs. Hence people meet at home, in the living room, they close the heavy brocade curtains and around a table with three legs the hands of those present are clutched in a chain, and the medium invokes the presence. Below you can find a selection of antique images proving the practice of spiritualism between the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like all the trends, there bloomed numerous photographic cabinets, specialized in portraying those images that took the name of “spiritual photographs”. Some of those images are the result of a skilled and precursor practice of photo editing, which special effects have helped to fuel the flames of hope, the morbidness of knowledge like the wind on the fire, consuming the poignant nights of that lost time.

 

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Victorian couple with ghost of daughter

Katie King fu il nome di uno tra i più famosi – presunti – fantasmi che sul finire dell’Ottocento presero forma grazie alla medium Florence Cook, fu così che gli spiritisti attribuirono lo stesso nome alla materializzazione spiritica di quegli anni.

Katie King was a popular ghost evocated by Florence Cook, and was already the name given by Spiritualists in the 1870s to what they believed to be a materialized spirit. The question of whether the spirit was real or a fraud was a notable public controversy of the mid-1870s.

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Katie King materialized, photograph of Sir William Crookes

Eusapia Palladino, nata nel 1854 a Minervino Murge, in provincia di Bari: Fu una tra le medium più conosciute e accreditate di tutti i tempi. L’iniziazione allo spiritismo avvenne quando, lavorando come cameriera presso una benestante famiglia, iniziò a prendere parte alle sedute  organizzate nella lussuosa dimora. Fu durante quelle sedute che si verificarono fenomeni mai accaduti prima, che furono attribuiti alla presenza della giovane. Nella sua carriera di occultista ebbe fama mondiale affascinando aristocratici e scienziati, tra i quali Cesare Lombroso e persino Pierre e Marie Curie.

Eusapia Palladino, born in 1854 in Minervino Murge, near Bari: she was one of the best known and accredited mediums of all time. The initiation into spiritism came when, working as a waitress with a rich family, she began to take part in the sessions inside the luxurious home. It was during those sessions that phenomena never happened before were ascribed to the presence of the young woman. In her career as an occultist she gained world fame by captivating aristocrats and scientists, including Cesare Lombroso and even Pierre and Marie Curie.

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Eusapia Palladino Hands. Collection Tony Oursler

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The well-know italian medium Eusapia Palladino during a spiritual seance

Seance with Eusapia Palladino at the home of Camille Flammario 1898

Eusapia Palladino at the home of Camille Flammarion, Rue Cassini. Full levitation of a table. 12 November 1898

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Victorian Spiritualism Movement Seance conducted by John Beattie in Bristol in England, 1872

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Amazing spirit photography by astonishing William Hope: english author, photographer, sailor, and body-builder

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William Hope

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William Hope

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William Hope

French medium Marthe Beraud aka Eva Carriere

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A young woman face appear from ectoplasm by Eva Carriére  – 1912

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1912: Eva Carriere has a spiritic light between her hands and a materialization on her head.

Richard Boursnell (1832 – 1909), medium e fotografo britannico esperto in immagini spiritiche. Suoi alcuni tra i più intensi scatti mai realizzati su questo tema.

Richard Boursnell (1832 – 1909), medium and British photographer expert in spiritual images. His some of the most intense shots ever made on this subject.

Richard Boursnell - Spirit Photographer c.1908

Robert Boursnell, Self-Portrait with Spirits, Silver print cabinet card, March 1902

Robert Boursnell, Self-Portrait with Spirits, Silver print cabinet card

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Frederick A. Hudson (England)
Mr. Raby with the Spirits “Countess,” “James Lombard,” “Tommy,” and the Spirit of Mr. Wootton’s Mother.
circa 1875 – from www.photographymuseum.com

M. Parkes (England), Mrs. Collins & Her Husband's Father, Recognized by Several, Albumen carte de visite, 1875

M. Parkes (England), Mrs. Collins & Her Husband’s Father, Recognized by Several, 1875

Spesso durante le sedute medianiche si materializzava, o si supponeva si materializzasse, una sostanza semi liquida che fuoriusciva dagli orifizi del medium, a cui lo scienziato Charles Richet dette il nome di ectoplasma. Questo poteva assumere svariate forme, riconducibili all’esistenza del trapassato.

Often during the seance sessions, a semi-liquid substance materialized, or was supposed to materialize, it came out of the medium’s orifices, to which the scientist Charles Richet gave the name of ectoplasm. It could take many forms, attributable to the existence of the person who passed away.

According to spiritualists, it was a substance that would be externalized by the bodily orifices of the medium during a séance.

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The ectoplasm comes out as a regurgitation from the mouth of the medium into a trance

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“Mrs. Dorothy Henderson. Head bent forward, hands controlled and Ectoplasm covering her lap.”
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W. J. Crawford – The psychic structures at the Goligher circle

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Ectoplasm from Kathleen Goligher

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A well-known medium, Mina “Margery” Crandon conducting a séance

The famous medium Mina “Margery” Crandon (1889 – 1941) conducting a séance – late 20s

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dangerous ectoplasm for Mina “Margery” Crandon

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Look down, on the right

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Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler – 1922

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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

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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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Italian Fashion Icons from Renaissance

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Prima delle francesi le donne italiane furono considerate maestre di eleganza. L’elegante tra le eleganti, vera e propria icona rinascimentale, fu la Marchesa di Mantova Isabella d’Este Gonzaga che ideava i propri abiti e le proprie pettinature, e amava utilizzare i profumi. al punto che essa stessa si definiva “la prima perfumera del mondo”. L’Archivio di Stato di Mantova custodisce un’ampia serie di corrispondenze dei Gonzaga, e numerosi sono i riferimenti al mondo della moda, del lusso, delle tendenze vestimentarie. Insieme a Isabella, definita dai suoi contemporanei come “la prima donna del mondo”, maestre di stile di quel tempo furono sua sorella minore Beatrice, sua cognata Lucrezia Borgia, la modella Simonetta Vespucci,  chiamata la “Sans Par” per la sua eccezionale bellezza, la duchessa di Mantova Margherita Paleologa e  Laura Bentivoglio da Bologna. Erano le  italiane a lanciare mode che venivano seguite poi dalle corti del resto d’Europa, avanguardiste e attente a cambiare sempre indumento per evitare di essere imitate dalle donne di ceto inferiore. Isabella, vera pioniera, fu una tra le prime donne del proprio tempo a indossare i calzoni al di sotto delle gonne, spendeva ingenti somme di denaro per il proprio guardaroba, per i prodotti cosmetici, per le acconciature impreziosite da perle, nastri, capelli posticci. Così si scopre che già nel 1515 Francesco I di Francia chiese proprio a Isabella d’Este di inviargli una “bambola” simile a quella qui sotto (successiva), vestita secondo il suo straordinario gusto, in modo da permettere alle dame francesi di imitare quella moda. Da un altro scritto invece, si apprende che fu proprio la regina di Francia Caterina de Medici a inviare uno scampolo di tessuto in seta alla duchessa Margherita chiedendole di far realizzare, con quel tessuto, delle camicie dagli esperti artigiani mantovani. L’Italia, culla del Rinascimento, è stata un esempio di stile, eleganza, cultura per tutto il resto del mondo.

Before the French, Italian women were considered masters of elegance. The elegant among the elegants, true Renaissance icon, was the Marquise of Mantua Isabella d’Este Gonzaga who conceived her own clothes and her hairstyles, and loved to use perfumes. to the point that she was called “the first perfumera of the world”. The State Archives of Mantua, in Italy, hold a wide range of correspondences from the Gonzagas, and there are numerous references to the world of fashion, luxury and clothing trends. Together with Isabella, defined by her contemporaries as “the first woman in the world”, style masters of that time were her younger sister Beatrice, her sister-in-law Lucrezia Borgia, the Duchess of Mantua Margherita Paleologa and Laura Bentivoglio from Bologna. The Italians were launching fashions that were then followed by the courts of the rest of Europe, avant-garde and careful to always change garments to avoid being imitated by lower-class women. Isabella, a true pioneer, was one of the first women of her time to wear trousers under the skirts, she spent huge sums of money for her wardrobe, for cosmetics, for hairstyles embellished with pearls, ribbons, hair extensions. So it turns out that in 1515 king Francesco I of France asked Isabella d’Este to send him a “doll” similar to the one below, dressed according to her extraordinary taste, in order to allow the French ladies to imitate that fashion. On the other hand, we learn that it was the Queen of France, Caterina de Medici, who sent a remnant of silk fabric to the Duchess Margherita asking her to make, with that fabric, some shirts by expert Mantuan artisans. Italy, cradle of the Renaissance, was an example of style, elegance and culture for the rest of the world.

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Isabella D’Este – Leonardo da Vinci

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Portrait of Isabella d’Este

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Isabella D’Este – Tiziano – 1534-1536 c.

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Margherita Paleologo – Giulio Romano

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Artwork by Carlo Crivelli – 1476

Bianca Maria Sforza cousin and sisterinlaw of Isabella of Aragon Duchess of Milan

Bianca Maria Sforza – Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis – 1493

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Renaissance Jewelry

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Lucrezia Borgia – Bartolomeo Veneto

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Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510), Idealized Portrait of a Lady (Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci as Nymph), ca. 1475

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Lorenzo Costa – Portrait of A Woman with Pearl Necklace – c. 1490

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Portrait of Giovanna degli Albizzi Tornabuoni by Domenico Ghirlandaio c. 1488

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Cappella Tornabuoni – Nascita di San Giovanni Battista – det. Domenico Ghirlandaio

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Antea – Parmigianino – 1535 c.

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Il Sarto – Giovan Battista Moroni – 1565-1570 c.

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Morphine from Belle Époque

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Mitizzazione e consumo della droga non sono fenomeni moderni, ma provengono da rituali che affondano la propria nascita molto lontano nel tempo. L’arte, nelle sue forme più disparate, ha tracciato dei precisi quadri che descrivono l’utilizzo delle sostanze stupefacenti nell’alternarsi dei periodi storici. E’ affascinante quanto accaduto sul finire dell’Ottocento, quando all’estetica della donna immersa tra corsetti e fiori delicati si alternò quella di una fatale mantide, maledetta e pericolosa. Questa nuova dimensione femminile, emancipata e seducente, destabilizzò i ruoli sociali proponendo un’immagine perversa, sfrontata, impregnata questa volta di profumi oppiacei. Analizzo di seguito una serie di immagini che riguardano la Morfina, una tra le droghe più consumate da queste eroine della perdizione durante la Belle Époque.

Mythologizing and consumption of drugs are not modern phenomena, but come from rituals that sink their birth far in time. The art, in its most disparate forms, has drawn precise pictures that describe the use of drugs in the alternation of historical periods. It is fascinating what happened at the end of the nineteenth century, when the aesthetics of the woman immersed in corsets and delicate flowers alternated with that of a fatal, damned and dangerous mantis. This new feminine dimension, emancipated and seductive, destabilized social roles by proposing a perverse, shameless image, impregnated this time with opiate perfumes. I analyze below a series of images concerning Morphine, one of the most consumed drugs by these heroines of perdition during the Belle Époque.

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Morphine Tools Kit from Victorian Era. Image Courtesy Art.co

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Morphine tools: the syringe

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Georges Moreau, La Morphine ou Les Morphinées – Collection particulière, Paris
Expositions : Salon de 1886, Paris, n° 1703 (“La Morphine”)

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Morphine Addicts, 1887 Albert Besnard etching Rosenwald Collection

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Eugène Grasset La vitrioleuse, 1894

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Santiago Rusinol “Before the Morphine”, 1894

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Santiago Rusinol-“Morphine”, 1894

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Eugène-Samuel Grasset — ‘La Morphine’ 1897

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1899 Quack Medicine Sufferers From Morphine Or any Drug Habit Vintage Original Print Ad

Vittorio Matteo Corcos, La morfinomane – “The addict”, 1899. Famelica e perduta la donna dalla pelle diafana e dai capelli rossi troneggia al posto dell’uomo, avvolta in un fosco abito di veli neri. Ci fissa minacciosa, ed esibisce il suo potere calpestando il  suo trofeo.

The woman with the diaphanous skin and the red hair is dominated and lost in the place of the man, wrapped in a dark dress of black veils. The woman stares at us menacingly, and exhibits her power trampling on her trophy.

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Vittorio Matteo Corcos, La morfinomane – “The addict”, 1899

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Year 1900: Ad for Cube Morphine, published in American Druggist and Pharmaceutical Record, America’s Leading Drugs Journal

Pablo Picasso, Morphinomans. 1900

Pablo Picasso, Morphinomans. 1900

Salon, 1905 Morphine. by A. Matignon

Salon de 1905 – Morphine. By A. Matignon

Victorien du Saussais, La morphine. Vices et passions des morphinomanes (1906)

Victorien du Saussais, La morphine. Vices et passions des morphinomanes, 1906

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Morphinomane 1910 ca.

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