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

Anna May Wong -1929 photo by Paul Tanqueray cloche fur

Anna May Wong in 20s

Anna May Wong -1929 photo by Paul Tanqueray

Anna May Wong -1929 photo by Paul Tanqueray

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Galitzine: ascesa e declino della Principessa della Moda|Galitzine: Rise and Fall from a Princess of fashion

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Era una principessa e si chiamava Irene Galitzine. Come in un favola visse in una dimora a soli 50 kilometri da Mosca, immersa nel verde e nel lusso, oltre 50 stanze, tappeti, vasellami, quadri preziosi. Suo padre amava andare a caccia nei boschi, seguito da staffette a cavallo pronte a servirgli champagne ghiacciato. Bei vestiti, feste, formazione di prim’ordine segnarono l’infanzia della giovane Irene, ormai adolescente. La Rivoluzione Russa incalzava, e la famiglia degli Zar sarebbe stata di lì a poco sterminata (look Here for more) . Come tutti i nobili del posto, anche i Galitzine fuggirono cercando rifugio in Europa. Irene andò a vivere in Italia, aveva 14 anni e tra gli studi come pittrice e quelli di diplomazia estera, prevalse il suo gusto innato e prepotente per la moda, per l’eleganza. Iniziò la sua carriera a Roma, insieme all’amica Simonetta Colonna di Cesarò, al tempo Fabiani, che nel ’46 presentò la sua prima collezione. Ai lavori come Public Relator dalle Sorelle Fontana seguirono i primi indipendenti passi nella sartoria, i suoi pigiami palazzo insieme agli abiti da sera divennero in breve tempo una divisa per le donne del jet-set internazionale. Nella rara immagine proveniente dal mio archivio, Jackie Kennedy, insieme a Irene, sfoggia un miniabito in shantung di seta al teatro “La Cometa” di Roma, era il 1968.

Solo pochi giorni dopo questo evento mondano tuttavia, il tribunale accolse i ricorsi di alcuni commercianti di tessuti che vantavano dei crediti dalla casa di moda per un totale di soli 4 milioni e mezzo di lire, certo, sempre più di 2250 euro odierni, ma pur sempre una cifra irrisoria per una stilista affermata come Galitzine. Eppure il curatore fallimentare, intemperante, concesse alla stilista di portare a termine solo gli abiti ordinati dalla regina Annamaria di Grecia, dopo di che la favola della principessa sarta e stilista venuta dalla Russia si interruppe. Indefessa però, l’elegante Galitzine non si dette per vinta e riuscì a riaprire la propria casa di moda solo due anni dopo. Il marchio oggi è ancora esistente e appartiene per lo più a un mercato di nicchia, ma questa è un’altra storia.

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She was a princess and her name was Irene Galitzine. As in a fairytale lived in a house just 50 kilometers from Moscow, surrounded by greenery and luxury, over 50 rooms, carpets, precious paintings. His father, when he went hunting in the woods, was followed by riding stirrups ready to serve him chilled champagne. The Russian Revolution was pressing, and the family of the Tsar would soon be exterminated (look Here for more). Like all Russian nobility, the Galitzines also fled seeking refuge in Europe. At the age of 14, the young Irene wanted to be a painter, or to try her diplomatic career, but her innate and overbearing taste for fashion and elegance prevailed. He began his career in Rome, together with his friend Simonetta Colonna di Cesarò, at the time Fabiani, who in 1946 presented his first collection. Sisters Fontana followed the first independent steps in the tailor’s shop as her Public Relator, her palace pajamas along with evening dresses soon became a uniform for the women of the international jet-set. In the rare image from my archive, Jackie Kennedy, along with Irene, sports a silk shantung minidress at the “La Cometa” theater in Rome. Only a few days after this worldly event, however, the court upheld the appeals of some creditors – mostly textile merchants – who boasted of credits from the fashion house, for a total of only 4 and a half million, of course, more than 2250 euro today, but still a ridiculous figure for an established designer like Galitzine. yet the bankruptcy trustee did not want to feel right, granted the designer only to carry out the dresses ordered by Queen Annamaria of Greece, after which the fable of the princess, a seamstress and stylist who had come from Russia, broke off. Undaunted, however, the elegant Galitzine did not give up and managed to reopen her own fashion house only two years later. The brand today is still existing and belongs mostly to a niche market, but that’s another story.

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Princess Irene Galitzine strikes a pose in her atelier

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Princess Galitzine and Marella Agnelli, Atelier Galitzine inauguration day in Veneto street, Rome

With Marella Agnelli during the opening of Galitzine Atelier

Abito scultura Irene Galitzine, Harper's Bazaar, Ottobre 1966

Harper’s Bazaar, Oct 1966

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From my archive  rare image of princess Irene Galitzine her with Jackie Kennedy wearing her couture creation in Rome. Year 1968 (copyright)

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For “Linea Italiana” – Isa Stoppi supermodel

Photo by Bugat 1972 Galitzine jacket, trousers, sweater and shoes, Borbonese belt

Photo by Bugat 1972 Galitzine jacket, trousers, sweater and shoes, Borbonese belt

Diana Ross' Mahogany

Diana Ross in Galitzine from the movie Mahogany – 1975

 

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