Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mid-Century Modernism in Fashion Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Dovima Photographed by Richard Avedon, 1955
The model Dovima seems an appropriate muse of the moment considering the latest catwalk craze for 50's fashion.


Friday, September 16, 2011

Queen of the Nile

Cleopatra VII of Egypt is a perfect choice of inspiration as seen left on the first Giambattista Valli haute couture runway, Paris, Fall 2011.

There has been much talk lately about unearthing Cleopatra's grave [National Geographic, Searching for the Real Cleopatra, July 2011], though it is still yet to be found.  It is believed that her tomb is hidden as a spiritual manifestation of the great goddess of motherhood, fertility, and magic. Because their is little material generated about her by archaeologists, once they unearth the tomb, it could have a cultural effect more massive than that of King Tut. 

Cleopatra represented herself as the reincarnation of the Egyptian goddess Isis where some may suspect she's been buried.  She marketed herself as the most desirable woman in history and has long been a mythical fashion icon.  Stacy Schiff published the book Cleopatra: A Life which won the 2011 PEN/Jacqueline Weld Bogrand Award for Distinguished biogrophy, and 2013 is the proposed date for the upcoming film Cleopatra, with Angelina Jolie slated to fittingly portray her allure.

Talk about girl power.