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

Here is Anna May Wong visiting Chicago 20s china fashion 1920s history chinese women

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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Portraits of prostitutes from 100 years ago

Misterioso e schivo E.J. Bellocq nel 1910 iniziò la propria carriera di fotografo in America, dilettandosi con la realizzazione di immagini a fine commerciale. Svolse la propria attività a New Orleans, dove nel quartiere a luci rosse di Storyville realizzò centinaia di fotografie immortalando prostitute colte in pose sensuali, intime, drammatiche. Il quartiere venne distrutto nel 1917, e furono perduti anche moltissimi scatti di Bellocq, che morì in solitudine nel 1949. La gloria, postuma, lo vide trionfare solo a partire dal 1966, quando Lee Friedlander scoprì in un antiquario a New Orleans sue numerose inedite fotografie, che divennero presto oggetto di importanti mostre e pubblicazioni, tra cui Storyville Portraits (1970) e Red Light District of New Orleans (1996).

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Mysterious and shy E.J. Bellocq in 1910 began his career in USA as a photographer, delighting with the creation of images for commercial purpose. He carried out his activities in New Orleans, where he realized hundreds of photographs immortalizing prostitutes in the red light district of Storyville. They were caught in sensual poses, intimate, dramatic. The neighborhood was destroyed in 1917, and were lost too many shots of Bellocq, who died in solitude in 1949. The glory, posthumous, saw him triumph only since 1966, when Lee Friedlander discovered in an antique shop in New Orleans his numerous unpublished photographs, which soon became the subject of major exhibitions and publications, including Storyville Portraits (1970) and Red Light District of New Orleans (1996).

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Some photos – Alcune immagini:

Storyville Portrait, New Orleans

Storyville Portrait, New Orleans

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E’ mezzanotte, la ragazza beve mente Bellocq realizza lo scatto. Splendide le sue calze a strisce, bellissima la miniatura di un salottino esposta al piano più basso del mobiletto:

Storyville Portrait, New Orleans

it is midnight and she is drinking. I love the thumbnail of the living room located on the lower floor of the display. Love her stripes socks.

Storyville Portrait, New Orleans

Body and soul decay, no more mistery.

Storyville Portrait, New Orleans

she wears a jumpsuit

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