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Haute Gruau

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René Gruau (1909-2004), born Renato Zavagli Ricciardelli delle Caminate (what a name!) was a fashion illustrator in the world of haute couture during the 1940s and 50s. His sophisticated style with the use of calligraphic elements, vivid colors, and bold strokes evoke a sense of theater and the influence of his timeless and often extravagant illustrations of fashion design can still be felt today.  

Free to Be… You and Me

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Back in the seventies, even with the looming nuclear threat of the Cold War, the world seemed a more positive place than it is today. It was also a time when girls wore all colors of the rainbow as opposed to the ubiquitous Disney princess pink. In 1972 actress and social activist Marlo Thomas (with the help of many celebrities) put out the record Free to Be… You and Me, a collection of songs (and […]

Madame X

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In 1883 American portrait painter John Singer Sargent painted socialite Virginie Gautreau who was known for her beauty. A year later at the Paris Salon, the work caused a scandal because of Gautreau’s provocative dress and her suggestive pose. Originally one of the straps fell off her shoulder, but due to the public’s reaction Sargent repainted the strap. The painting can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Song for today: […]

Cool Dude 4

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(Gif from Mon Oncle by Fray Mollo) The first time I saw the film Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot (1953) I realized where Rowan Atkinson got his inspiration for Mr. Bean. Monsieur Hulot is the clumsy alter ego of Jacques Tati (1907-82), the French filmmaker, actor and screenwriter. Born Jacques Tatischeff he enjoyed a long career writing, directing and starring in his own films, winning several awards, including a foreign film Oscar. Coming from a […]

Interesting Lady 15

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Starting out as an extra in the early days of silent cinema Anna May Wong (Los Angeles, 1906) was one of the first Chinese-American actresses on the silver screen. She managed to land several roles but was often cast as the stereotypical Dragon Lady. Disillusioned about the discrimination she encountered she moved to Europe in 1928 where she became a sensation and worked with people like Marlene Dietrich. During the 1930s, she went back and […]