Thursday, September 4, 2014

JOAN RIVERS - BEAUTIFULLY LARGER THAN LIFE


Joan Rivers
1933-2014
Once a Great Beauty

People Are Talking About
YOUTHQUAKERS
Vogue August 1965



Friday, August 29, 2014

LOOKING BACK TO MOVE FORWARD



Running out of steam of late and would like to look back at some of your favourite posts for input.

Comments attached to any of them might inspire!

Beauty Wind-Milled
Jewels by Verdura
Blouse by Rose Barrack
Photograph by Erwin Blumenfeld
Harper's Bazaar September 1943

Saturday, August 23, 2014

THE MAGICAL PHOTOGRAPHY OF DIANE ARBUS



Lillian and Dorothy Gish

"The Gish sisters, eleventh generation Americans, are synonymous with movie-making history. Child actresses at five and four, they later starred in such early films as Orphans of the Storm and Way Down East. Though temperamentally dissimilar, the Gishes admire each other enormously. Dorothy says of Lillian: '"Her beauty fascinates me. It belongs to no time or place. You'll see her likeness in every museum in the world...in a pre-Raphaelite painting or again in a Fragonard."' Lillian says of Dorothy:'"She has always been a wit, without being cruel or unfeminine. It's a kind of gaiety she's had since childhood. When she arrives, the party starts."'




Erik Bruhn and Rudolf Nureyev

Two of the greatest classical dancers now at the peak of their power, Bruhn, the Dane, and Nureyev, the Russian, occasionally combine the present evenings of their own choreography, Bruhn, noted for his lyric style, nevertheless, won honors for his fiery Don Jose in Petit's modern Carmen. Nureyev, now touring Australia, says Giselle is his current favorite,but the role is so emotionally demanding, he can only do it justice five times a season. Discussing the dance, both agreed that '"ballet is the ultimate challenge; a classically trained dancer can use his body effectively in any dance idiom, unlike a singer whose voice falls within a given range."'




W.H.Auden and Marianne Moore

For twenty years the friend of Marianne Moore, who introduced him when he gave his recent readings at the Guggenheim, W.H. Auden has a genius for writing poetry that is instantly intelligible without ever descending to the banal. British by birth and American by preference, he now shuttles between two continents; when in New York he lives in a house that once counted Trotsky among its tenants. Marianne Moore, a poet of high order in her own right, bridges in her work, as indeed she does in her life, the attitudes of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries through the perceptions of her delicate and original mind.




Pearl Bailey and Louis Bellson

"Entertainer Pearl Bailey, whose languid drawl lapses into songs of honey-drenched cynicism, and her husband, Louis Bellson, the drummer-arranger-composer, dote on their two adopted children. Four days after a mutual friend had introduced Bellson to Miss Bailey, he said: I want to ask you something. The answer is yes, she said, it's all right with me if you understand what's involved. But I wanted to ask you to marry me. I've already answered you. That was more than twelve years ago. With Tony, age ten, and Dede, nearly four, the Bellsons spend as much time as possible en famille on their California ranch."


Affinities
Harper's Bazaar 1964
Photography: Diane Arbus

... eyes on arbus at devodotcom


FROM THE ARCHIVE
for related posts on Diane Arbus

29/12/13
The Magical Photography of Diane Arbus 
4/19/12
1/25/12
Petal Pink for Little Parties
12/31/11
The Magical Photography of Diane Arbus
11/24/11
8/14/11
7/12/11
5/17/11
4/25/11
2/14/11
10/16/10
9/25/10
9/5/10
8/20/10
The Real Miss Cora Pratt
8/20/10
The Magical Photography of Diane Arbus
7/29/10
7/27/10
7/26/10
Warhol and the Final Decline and Total Collapse of the American Avante-Guarde
5/24/10


Monday, August 18, 2014

THE DRESS 1964


Zizi Jeanmaire

Presents 

THE DRESS 1964




How to 'rock' a blouson

Lame kid leather half-belt creates the prefect drape to the blouson bodice.






The devil was in the details - casual elegance with a 'touch of flair.'






Shiny prints with sporty elegance made for the era of dressing up for entertaining at home or less-than-formal dinner engagements.





The two-piece evening dress worked on just about every figure and made for easy alterations.





Gorgeous. The light-weight matelasse, today mostly found in high-end bedding and draperies, was a staple of sixties evening wear.

Everything is right about the ensemble's styling -  elegance with ease of wear. A simple sheath underneath the funnel-neckline and deep dolman sleeves of a buttonless evening coat.





Mainbocher

As chic today as then




Understated Elegance

Mainbocher


Vogue, November 1964


... eyes on the sixties at devodotcom

Sunday, August 17, 2014

SUNDAY SENSIBILITIES



"Two carefully clothed old parties en tete a tete at Longchamps express an indestructible gentility."




"In the brawl of the Marseilles fish market, a woman handles her customer with a peasant vigour which ennobles that sharp-tongued phrase - like a fishwife."


The photographer does no more than show the hands of the clock: but he can pick the hour and the minute.
Henri Cartier-Bresson



"The Europeans" by Cartier-Bresson
Harper's Bazaar October 1955
Photography: Henri Cartier-Bresson

... eyes on the fifties at devodotcom


Saturday, August 16, 2014

GIRL AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD



Hooded Mongolian Lamb Parka by Revillon




Umpa Natural White Mink by Betty Yokova for Neustadter
Halston Hat
Andrew Geller White Mink boots




Winter-evening Cape
Ben Reig

Silver Sequin Gloves
Viola Weinberger





Russian Ermine Halter-top Dress
Donald Brooks for Coopchick Forrest
Sequin Blouse
Sportswear Couture
Adolfo Helmut
Viola Weinberger Gloves




Long Dress, Mink-cuffed Jacket
Branell




Hannah Troy White Brocade
Adolfo Crusader's Helmut




Eric Lund Silk Taffeta Coat
Halston Glace Chiffon Hat




White Mink Pea Jacket
Bill Blass for Revillon




Mink with Buttons of Beads and Fringe 
White Mink Kerchief-cap by Emme
White Mink Boots by Andrew Geller
Pavion Expansion Necklace




Tunic Embroidered in Glitter over White Silk Satin Pants
 Ceil Chapman




Coat of White Ostrich Feathers by George Kaplan
Rounded White Space-Hennin by Halston


Photographed by John Cowan in "the silent brilliance of Resolute Bay, on Cornwallis Island in the Arctic Circle."




McGregor Parka and Ski Pants 
Lily Dache Lynx Hood




Shaggy Pure-Pink Fake Fur Poncho by McGregor 




Emilio Pucci for White Stag
Adolfo Hat




Vogue's Eye View: The Girl Who Went Out In The Cold
Photography: John Cowan
Skiing - At The Top
Photography: Peter Beard
Vogue November 1964

... eyes on the sixties at devodotcom


Friday, August 15, 2014

HAVE A NICE WEEKEND !



The Most That Money Can Buy In Beauty:
the unforgettable glimpse
Vogue November 1964
Photography: Gene Laurents

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

POST WAR FASHION


Dinner cap made for Dior by John Frederics

A twisted diamond cord on a black ostrich helmet ... on the glove, a twining diamond and emerald lily. Accessories - 25 ways to work a little magic.







Ben Gam 

Orange-sashed beige shantung dress with an added second sash of mauve Italian silk by Brooke Cadwallader, fastened with a long-stalked daisy pin of gold, diamonds and sapphires




Adele Simpson

The Cape Back is Back




Maurice Retner

The Jib Jacket 




Spring Walks In

Newton Elkin




Van Arden





Hattie Carnegie

Dark Dress - Caramel Complements.  
Bag and bracelets by Cartier.




Christian Dior 

As a fanciful version of the king of the beasts, Christian Dior puts his head in the lion's mouth.


The Ball of Kings and Queens: Comte Etienne de Beaumont held a great costume ball in his magnificent house in Paris. The occasion was the coming of age of his nephew, Comte Henri de Beaumont. The guests came dressed as kings and queens.





Elsa Schiaparelli

Disguised as the queen bee, Mme. Elsa Schiaparelli swarms with Baron Alexis Rede, as Alexander III of Russia.




Jacques Fath

Designer Jacques Fath is Charles IX, of the St. Bartholomew massacre, accompanied by Mme. Fath as his queen, Elizabeth of Austria.

The Ball of Kings and Queens
Photographs by Jean Moral




A matter




of




polish



Harper's Bazaar March 1949
Photography:
Lillian Bassman
Louise Dahl-Wolfe
Karen Radkai
Jean Moral


... eyes on the forties at devodotcom