Cabinet of curiosities & Inspirations since 2009

Cabinet of curiosities & Inspirations since 2009
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30 nov. 2008


When i was writing for a new post, i came across this teenage photo of Dita Von Teese.
Blonde and Make-up free; this remind me
 the stange feeling you can have when you see for the first time
 the photo of Laura Palmer in "Twin Peaks" 
(1990) of David Lynch.

I always admired people who perfectly knows
 how they want to look like.

People who are knowing how to do a wake-over on themself.
Dita Van Teese just added to her look a vintage Hollywood Glamour style.

Max Factor's Beauty Calibrator

Back in the 1930's and 40's, during the glory days of Hollywood, 
the world of movie make-up was dominated by none other than Max Factor.Max Factor specialized in transforming ordinary people into dazzling stars.

In 1914, working in his shop’s laboratory, Factor created “a greasepaint in cream rather than stick form, ultrathin in consistency, completely flexible on the skin, and produced in twelve precisely graduated shades.
 The silent-film comedians—
Chaplin, Keaton—were the first to try it.

Major Hollywood actresses - just about everyone who was anyone at the time: 
Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth, Clara Bow, Bette Davis, Ginger Rogers, Judy Garland were using his skills.

There is a strange Max Factor invention: "The Beauty Calibrator " is a weird gizmo from 1932 
for measuring the face; it looks more like some medieval torture device.

Strange but the Cosmetic industry is always mixing images of  Torture and Glamour.

Remenber Rita Hayworth who had her hair removed to have a bigger face.
Isn't that torture but of course not like today, those informations where hidden.
It's really difficult to see a Face transformation of the Movie Stars of the 40's and 50's.
I wish i could read one day a book who will investigated about
 this hidden secrets of Hollywood studios.

American women in the early twentieth century, overcoming Puritan scruples 
enforced by male employers, husbands, editorial writers, and legislators, began to paint themselves”.
Here few Max Factor advertisements.

One of my favorite movie is Vertigo (1958) of A. Hitchcock.
Judy, the brunette accepted to change her hair color, style and make-up to please her lover.
She transformed herself into the blonde Madeleine.

It's funny to see that David Lynch will also work on this transformation subject 
in several of his films:

I came across an online exhibition at the FASHION ILLUSTRATION GALLERY 
and i discovered the drawings of David Downton.
He is working as a fashion illustrator but he have made celebrities portraits.
I like the drawing of burlesque queen Dita Von Teese.

D I T A V O N  T E E S E -  Los Angeles -  January 2006

To finish this post i would like to share with you a new Etsy shop:
They have a great way to add fun and modernity to classic vintage
 lingerie and all items are made to order.
I wish you all a great Monday.

29 nov. 2008

How About you ?

Glitter Portrait by Steven Barrett

"How About You?"
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Ralph Freed

"I like New York in June, 
how about you? 
I like a Gershwin tune, 
how about you? 
I love a fireside 
when a storm is due. 
I like potato chips, 
moonlight and motor trips, 
how about you? 

I'm mad about good books, 
can't get my fill, 
and Franklin Roos'velt's looks 
give me a thrill. 

Holding hands at the movie show, 
when all the lights are low 
may not be new, 
but I like it,
how about you? ...
...Holding hands at the movie show,
when all the lights are low
may not be new,
but I like it,
how about you?

Babes On Broadway (1941) was directed by Busby Berkeley 
with Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland.

How about you dear readers ?

Inspirations: Furs

Fur in 40's and 50's Hollywood Glamour Ladies.
And the new way to show it in 2008.

Adele Jurgens

Dorothy Arnold

Lola Lane

Patricia Morrison

Gypsy Rose Lee

Photo: Garance Doré 

Matt Irwin - Vogue Russia - november 2008

23 nov. 2008

Inspirations: Chantilly Lace

"Chantily lace and a pretty face and a pony tail hangin' down
A wiggle and a walk and a giggle and a talk made the world go round
There ain't nothing in the world
Like a big eyed girl to make me act so funny make me spend my money
Make me fool real loose like a long necked goose
Like a girl oh baby that's what I like"

"Chantilly Lace" is the name of a rock and roll song, 
written and originally performed by The Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson) in 1958.

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You want to be accompanied and advised to adopt the style that suits them.
According to your budget and your needs, I will organize a different kind of shopping trip for you,
from trendy spots to indispensable Parisian classics.
By the end of the day you will have addresses and purchases adapted to you, your needs and your style.

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You'll get an insiders look at shopping in the city of light, from someone who really lives in Paris.
I will accompany you to a variety of places that are likely to correspond to your needs.
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For everyone who wishes to be advised or guided in their purchases, for a special occasion or on a regular basis. For those who wish to get off the beaten track and discover new fashion designers. For those who don’t have enough time. For those who want to please themselves or someone else.
From your personal Style Profile, I will develop an itinerary that corresponds exactly to your style, size, and budget.
We can do a few shops one day, a few another, or shop 'til you drop!

Custom tour of Paris is based on a minimun ½ day (4 hours) of service : 250 €
Chauffeur-Driven Car.
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Delivery of purchases to an address other than that of your hotel.
Coffee or tea break in a chic Parisian café.
This can take place in French or in English.

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A half day of makeover magic personally customized to your style and taste.
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Starting at €150

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If you need me to take care by myself for you:
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Whatever the occasion; birthday, wedding, Christmas… You wish to make original and personalized gifts but have neither the time nor the knowledge of the right addresses. Help is at hand - I can take care of this kind of shopping for you.
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Cost of the service may vary depending on your the need.
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we will begin our day with an initial consultation in order to determine our shopping trip according to your desires.
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22 nov. 2008

Pop Culture: Before Barbie there was Bild-Lilli

" Oh! you beautiful doll,
you great big beau-ti-ful doll!
Let me put my arms a-bout you,
I could nev-er live with-out you;

Oh! you beau-ti-ful doll,
you great big beau-ti-ful doll!
If you ev-er leave me how my heart will ache,
I want to hug you but I fear you'd break

Oh, you beau-ti-ful doll! "

1911 (Nat D. Ayer / Seymour Brown)

Silkstone Doll -The Artist - 2008 - Japan exclusive

2007 - Wide Eyed Girl - Repainted Barbie by Dan LeeReroot

Bild-Lilli was a sexy cartoon character, created by Reinhard Beuthien, 
that first appeared in the German Bild newpaper on June 24, 1952.

Bild - Lili 1952

 Her persona was that of a country girl who had come to work in a newspaper office in the big city, a curvaceous girl with a quick wit, who wore her blond hair in a high ponytail and favored perilously high heels with her tight skirts and capri pants. The Bild-Lilli cartoon was such a big hit with readers that it was decided to produce a Lilli novelty doll, aimed at the adult readers rather than children.

Bild-Lilli was a sexy cartoon character, created by Reinhard Beuthien,
 that first appeared in the German Bild newpaper on June 24, 1952.

Lilli's creator Reinhard Beuthien lived in Hamburg in the fifties.
He was inspired by the self conscious urban woman.
and by the woman of the Reeperbahn 
(sex-disdrict of Hamburg).

It's why this doll have so much sex appeal.

The fashions and aspiration of the Youth was influenced 
by the American way of life based on Hollywood cinema 
and the way the American soldiers (with their families) lived here in Germany.

On August 12, 1955 Lilli was first sold in Germany, 
through outlets such as cigarette kiosks and a few toy stores.

The idea to market the cartoon girl as a fashion doll grew after it 
caused a flurry of excitement mainly by the male readers.
However, it wasn’t easy at all to transform that two dimensional 
drawing into a cheeky sexy looking pin up girl. 
That this intention succeeded has something to do with the 
long and successful tradition of doll manufacturing in Germany.

 The motivation and the tendency to perfectionism of 
Max Weißbrod who was the leading sculptor of the Hausser company, 
Germany’s biggest toy manufacturer at that time. 

If she reminds you of a Barbie doll, that is because Bild-Lilli 
was the inspiration for Barbie.

Ruth Handler, the founder of Mattel, bought a few Bild-Lilli dolls 
when shopping in Europe in 1956 and on her return to the USA, 
gave her "discovery" to her engineers with instructions 
to make a similar doll suitable for children.
The result was the first Barbie of 1959.

#1 Ponytail Barbie® Doll #850

These days Bild-Lilli has found recognition among serious Barbie collectors, 
with original Bild-Lilli dolls fetching up to $3,500 US 
or more at auction, easily rivalling the No 1 Barbies.

              Still a #1 and #2 Ponytail Barbie® Doll #850 in original swimsuit of 1959 in perfect condition can be found at $9,990 US like here.

Today, Vintage Barbie dolls can be found in replica for adult collectors.

 Wide Eyed Girl - Repainted Barbie by Dan LeeReroot

If you want to buy the #1 Barbie of 1959 here for $39.95.
I recommend you if you have a kid next to you who want a doll
 to buy a great replica from Pop Culture.
I warm you it's super kitch but perfect .....
The Barbie dolls that you find today in shops are most of the time ugly.

 Wide Eyed Girl - Repainted Barbie by Dan LeeReroot

Different trends and designs that reflect today's world and fashion.
 that can be found today for adult doll's collector.
You can find fashion dolls at affordable prices.

 Wide Eyed Girl - Repainted Barbie by Dan LeeReroot

I try to select the most fashionnable ones.
The Dolls from this selection can be bought on:
The wideeyedgirls ( repainted barbie dolls)
and this fashion dolls website Marl & B .

I hope that you enjoy this first post on pop culture.