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.
Surrealist Salvador Dalí and photographer Philippe Halsman created this photograph in 1951. Seven models were used to compose the shape of a skull based on a sketch done by Dalí. A lot of work went into creating this iconic image as these making of photos show. © Philippe Halsman / Magnum Photos Images found on una-lady-italiana Bewaren
Thanks to Reuters photographer Thomas Peter we get to see just how brutally awesome Japanese female pro wrestlers really are. As they fly, kick, jump and slam in their shiny costumes, they can do some serious damage in the ring. Photos © Thomas Peter / Reuters via: theatlantic.com / nextdraft.com
Sensual they stand, half hiding behind their cover of feathers or delicate wings. Amy Judd‘s surreal paintings are peopled with mythical women that seem to come from such stuff that dreams are made on, not quite real yet intriguing. *These paintings draw inspiration from the enchanting and imaginative relationship between women and nature found in traditional mythologies and folklores. ᔥthejealouscurator.com Song for today: 16 Horsepower – Just Like Birds
In order to approximate those shapes and attitudes which are considered normal and desirable, both sexes deform themselves, justifying the process by referring to the primary, genetic difference between the sexes. But of forty-eight chromosomes only one is different: on this difference we base a complete separation of male and female, pretending as it were that all forty-eight were different. – Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch
Melborne based photographer Jessica Tremp on her colorful and dreamlike series: “Atomic Occasions is the voyeur catching someone in a reverie, their thoughts clashing, colliding, blossoming and bursting into consciousness.” I love how the women in these photographs seem so unaware of us watching, how they make you slightly jealous of their thoughts. All images © Jessica Tremp. For more work also check: instagram.com/jessicatremp Song for today: Françoiz Breut – Everyone Kisses a Stranger
In what is now the Republic of Benin in West Africa (formerly Dahomey) there used to be an all-female military regiment; brave women called Mino (“Our mothers”), these women warriors were recruited among the Ahosi (“King’s wives”). They were trained to be disciplined fighting machines, with much emphasis on endurance and physical strength. Knives, clubs, and later rifles were part of their arsenal. If you were unlucky and captured, you were likely to lose […]