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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Beading: astonishing Make-Up from 1920s


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Questo testo è tratto dal mio libro: “Il Macabro e il Grottesco nella Moda e nel Costume”. Racconto di una particolare moda del trucco durante gli anni ’20. I volti si fecero bianchi, con gli occhi cerchiati di nero e sottolineati da sottili e depilate sopracciglia dalle estremità tendenti verso il basso. Dalle ragazze russe fu importta la moda del beading: piccole sfere di cera erano fissate alle estremità delle ciglia.

This text is taken from my book. The Macabre and the Grotesque in Fashion and in Costume. I wrote of a particularweird make-up fashion during the 1920s. The faces turned white, with their black-rimmed eyes underlined by thin, shapeless eyebrows with down-tending ends. The beading fashion was imported from Russian girls: small wax balls were attached to the ends of the eyelashes.

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From Silent Movies, an Iconic Actress: Clara Bow with beaded eyes make-up

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Film Star Viola Dana with beaded eyelashes

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Maybelline 20s MakeUp adv

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Spider Dresses in 120 years of Fashion

La visione estetica del corpo rivestito da una ragnatela ha sedotto sin dal passato l’animo di stilisti, costumisti, e di donne desiderose di apparire come sensuali e pericolose aracnidi. Ho scelto per voi alcune suggestive immagini che descrivono al meglio il rapporto tra questa simbologia e l’abito, fotografie che ci raccontano di una tipologia di femminilità che segue la moda del proprio tempo, incentrata sulla caratterizzazione della donna attraverso un erotismo fatale.

The aesthetic vision of the body covered by a spiderweb has seduced the soul of stylists, costume designers, and women who yearned to appear as sensual and dangerous arachnids. I have chosen for you some suggestive images that best describe the relationship between this symbolism and the dress, photographs that tell us about a special kind of femininity that follows the fashion of one’s own time, focused on the characterization of women through a fatal eroticism.

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Annie Harrington in late 800s

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V. Surat from Movie, 1916

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Mack Sennett bathing beauties as “sirens of the sea.” c. 1920s

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Coles Phillips

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Fancy Halloween Dresses from 20s

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20s spider jumpsuit

 

Lurex and Silk Cobweb dress from 20s:

 

 

 

 

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Madeleine Vionnet – Wedding Dress – 1929- Courtesy MET

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Elegance from 30s in cobweb details

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Mae West from 30s

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Helen Bennett, Spider Dress, 1939 by Horst P. Horst

Helen Bennett, Spider Dress, 1939 by Horst P. Horst

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To the sea in 40s

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Spider Dress from 40s

Jack Herzog Web Dress

Jack Herzog 40s gown

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Jack Herzog from 40s

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New Look in Spider

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From 50s a Poodle Spider Skirt

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Glamour in optical cobweb from 1967

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Stunning Spider details from Christian Dior – early 70s

 

John Bates at Jean Varon ‘Cobweb_ Dress

John Bates at Jean Varon ‘Cobweb’ Dress – 1973

John Bates at Jean Varon ‘Cobweb_ Dress 1973

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Swell Farewell 80s evening dress

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Johnny Slut from Specimen during the 80s

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Giorgio Armani 1990 beaded spider dress

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Gianni Versace jumper details from 90s

John Galliano for Givenchy - Haute Couture - Summer 1996

John Galliano for Givenchy – Haute Couture – Spring Summer 1996

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John Galliano ss 1997

Givenchy Couture Fall 2000. metallic clothing

Givenchy Couture by McQueen – 2000

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Alice Auaa 2013-2015

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Schiaparelli Spring Summer 2016

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