Friday, November 21, 2014

Fabergé Friday

For the ones of you who have been following my blog for a long time, you know I started these Fabergé Friday posts by going through all of the Imperial Easter Eggs Fabergé made for the Imperial Family. I sometimes receive a newsletter mail from the Fabergé Research Site, and the latest one contained a video that displays some of these Imperial Eggs, their little surprises and mechanics beautifully. So today I decided to post that video, so you can see for yourselves what marvelous, extremely intrinsic creations these eggs are. Enjoy the sparkle...










Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Nylon Stockings

As I love to wear nylon stockings, I have to say that the invention of nylon by Wallace Carothers at DuPont's research facility in the mid 30s was one of the biggest moments in fashion history! The first commercial sale of nylon stockings happened in the US, in late October 1939. These new stockings were cheap, durable and cheerer than the ones in silk or cotton used previously, and they instantly became extremely popular - with up to 4 million pairs sold in just one day! Over at LIFE Magazine I found a series of photos in homage of this invention. And here they are!


Photo: Thomas D. McAvoy



Photo: Gjon Mili



Photo: Walter Sanders



Photo: Walter Sanders



Photo: Peter Stackpole



Photo: Gjon Mili



Photo: Peter Stackpole



Photo: Nina Leen



Photo: Nina Leen



Photo: George Silk



Photo: Gjon Mili



Photo: Gordon Parks



Photo: Nat Farbman



Photo: Gjon Mili



Photo: Cornell Capa



Photo: Gordon Parks



Photo: A. Y.











Monday, November 17, 2014

Macabre Gadgets

Just happened to stumble over a very cool jewelry designer - Macabre Gadgets. The handmade pieces in their collections have this blend of beauty and the macabre I love so much, and they are created from diverse materials like pressed coral, pressed bone, industrial polymer plastic and inlaid precious and semi-precious stones, pearls and metals.




"Macabre Gadgets is inspired by the infernal aesthetics of the dark side, which is inherent by the world view of mankind at all times, epochs and styles, from the early Middle Ages to progressive postmodernism."

Some favorites of mine:


Coral crown ring. Pressed coral, cultured pearls.



Bifacial skull ring. Polymer plastic, amethysts.



Raven skull ring, black. Polymer plastic.



Carpathia collar, black. Polymer plastic, silver, caoutchouc.



Black snake earrings. Polymer plastic, silver.



Octopus ring, white. Pressed coral, cultured pearls.





Caprinae notebook. Leather, paper, polymer plastic.


To see what else Macabre Gadgets has to offer, please visit their website here!









Friday, November 14, 2014

Fabergé Friday

Today's Fabergé object - a lorgnette - was made by workmaster Henrik Wigström, sometime between 1908 and 1917!
 





The lorgnette is made of two-colored gold, and has spring-hinged lens mounts. Part of the handle is enameled in cerulean blue over a guilloché ground, and decorated with husk leaves in gold. When closed, the length of the lorgnette is 5.5'' (14 cm), and the price for it is 18,500 USD. You find it at John Atzbach Antiques






Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Christian Dior's New Look

I think most of us are familiar with the explosion in fashion that was labeled the New Look, and how it came to be the birth of one of the worlds largest designer brands - Christian Dior. LIFE Magazine was there to document the beginning of this revolution in fashion, and in their archives I found some lovely photos from 1948 of the man who writer Jeanne Perkins called "a timid, middle-aged, insignificant-looking little Frenchman named Christian Dior", and his work.


Dior in his fashion salon.



Dior fashion show, Paris.



Dior fashion show, Paris.



Dior fashion show, Paris.



Dior fashion show, Paris.



Dior fashion show, Paris.



Dior fashion show.



Dior and his seamstresses.



Paris seamstresses gathered around their boss.



Dior in his home.



Dior dress.



Top photo: Frank Scherschel
All other photos: Mark Kauffman







Monday, November 10, 2014

Moonlight Sonata

I can't believe it's already a month since I performed at the 4th International Stockholm Burlesque Festival! Wonderful events like this sort of linger on in your body and mind for some time afterwards... Every act was filmed, and as I just received my video, here it comes! I did my Moonlight Sonata act, to the beautiful piece by the same name, by Beethoven - but here remixed by E. S. Posthumus. I managed to slip on something on the floor once, but when I saw it on the video, it looked like a much smaller slip than it felt. Haha!

Photo: John Paul Bichard



Friday, November 07, 2014

Fabergé Friday

It's Friday again! Amazing how fast the weeks go. Feels like I'm constantly writing these Fabergé posts. Oh well. Can't get enough of pretty things! And here are three more - three shirt studs, made around 1910!




The studs are made of gold. The front is covered in translucent white enamel over a guilloché sunburst pattern. In the middle sits a lapis lazuli cabochon. The whole thing is surrounded by reeds bound by two colored ribbons. The studs are 0.6'' (1.5 cm) in diameter, and they come in their original fitted holly wood box. For 14,500 USD they can be yours. You find them at John Atzbach Antiques.







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