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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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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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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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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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

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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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Il Macabro e il Grottesco al Circolo Cinematografico

Martedì 20 ottobre 2017 sarò ospite del Circolo del Cinema “Dino Risi”, a Trani (Ba), per un evento sponsorizzato dal Centro Studi Cinematografici.

Racconterò di Cinema e Moda, un connubio attraverso il quale svelare storie di donne uomini che hanno contribuito ai cambiamenti sociali grazie alla propria personalità o ai propri costumi, anche di scena.

Partendo dalla presentazione del mio libro, “Il Macabro e il Grottesco nella Moda e nel Costume“, analizzerò l’esistenza di attrici e attori, congiungendo vite private a personaggi pubblici. L’evento è introdotto da Lorenzo Procacci Leone, presenta l’esperta di cinematografia Maria Grazia Filisio.

 

20 October 2017

I will be guest of the “Dino Risi” Cinema Circle, in Trani (Ba), for an event sponsored by the Centro Studi Cinematografici.

I will talk about Cinema and Fashion, a union through which to unveil stories of men and women who have contributed to social changes thanks to their personality or their customs, even on stage.

Starting from the presentation of my book, “The Macabre and the Grotesque in Fashion and Costume”, I will analyze the existence of actresses and actors, joining private lives to public figures. The event is introduced by Lorenzo Procacci Leone, presents the cinematographic expert Maria Grazia Filisio.

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“La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno” – 20 ottobre 2017

Me for Lampoon Fashion Magazine

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Theda Bara: the Lost Vamp

 

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For further information on the topic, I recommend reading my book: “The Macabre and the Grotesque in Fashion and in Costume”, in bookstores, on Amazon and at the link:

“Il Macabro e il Grottesco nella Moda e nel Costume”

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Theda Bara: the first Vamp

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