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Le Planet sauvage . Visionary cartoon of parallel worlds
A French cartoon that was created in the 70s, Fantastic World has a stunning illustrative style and surrealistic costumes with an incredible topical theme about imaginary worlds. A planet in which men become little pets, the parasites, while a more advanced generation devoted to meditation and culture is the dominant one...

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Makeup and some sake to embody the ”iki”, chic and smart
The lips were painted red. To finish off this dramatic look the teeth would be stained black with a mixture of oxidized iron steeped in an acidic solution. The custom of teeth blackening ended in the Meiji era and is now only used by kabuki actors and by maiko (training geishas) for the week before they become geiko. ...

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Gipsy Style and more #1
Some lines from The Gypsies 1824 of Aleksandr Pushkin (…) The dozing silence is prevailing, And heard is, in the sleeping steppe, Just a dog’s barking and steed’s neighing. Extinguished is each single light, All’s peaceful now. The moon is shining, Alone in the heaven height, And at the quiet camp is lighting. Just one […]...

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VINTAGE SUNGLASSES #2 FREAKY FRAMES MEET EYEBROWS
If you’re hiding behind your sunglasses you need to know this is not the right way to hide your soul or to protect yourself from reality. Curious assertion to start a post about sunglasses that born as accessories to protect the eyes from the sun damages, became later popular when Hollywood stars started to protect their identity behind a pair of Wayfarers, concealing the eyes of the curious....

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GIPSY STYLE AND MORE #2
[col-sect] [column] Morethanlove . Creative director and Editor in Chief She’s born in the same day of the fashion icon Diana Vreeland, she covered the role of communication consultant for both national and international fashion brands, Enza is Design Catwalk Digital Director and founder, her work as Art Director includes the likes of: Lacoste, Ermenegildo […]...

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Reduce your flesh #5 . Gentlewomen meet weirdos
Last episode of our long parade of Corset, following the link of the other post to have an tight overview on how fashion can change your shape....

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Reduce your flesh #4 . Stars go tight
I promise we're going to finish this topic soon, but it's so exhilarating watching how far can a girl, or in this case even man go to reduce their own sizes or just getting a better silhouette, that I can't help to write about this subject. Of course some of these photos are just provocations around the corset theme, but my research goes further in order to have a panoramic of different styles and different approaches....

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Vintage sunglasses #1 Freaky frames meet eyelashes
If you're hiding behind your sunglasses you need to know this is not the right way to hide your soul or to protect yourself from reality. Curious assertion to start a post about sunglasses that born as accessories to protect the eyes from the sun damages, became later popular when Hollywood stars started to protect their identity behind a pair of Wayfarers, concealing the eyes of the curious....

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Reduce your flesh #3 Vintage Corsets
In our previous posts we wrote about Polaire, the most famous icon of corsets, we also wrote about their disastrous effects on the ladies body structure. Following we present a brief collection of rare pieces and their marvellous manufacturing. Some of these creations are amazing examples of ancient handcraft and depict the search of sensuality that most of the women used to pursue....

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Rudi Gernreich the father of Monokini
It's of course quite weird going dressed with a Monokini, most recently connected to the pubikini version of the famous Borat. But what at first sight could appear as a caricature of the classic swimsuit, it is in reality an icon of the early '60, when Rudi Gernreich introduced the single-piece topless monokini. Elected to the Coty American Fashion Hall of Fame as best fashion designer, Gernreich worked closely with model Peggy Moffitt to advertise its creation and when the first photograph of the swimsuit was published in Womens Wear Daily on June 1962, it generated a great deal of controversy internationally. The originally topless swimsuit ended around mid-torso and was supported by two straps between the br...

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Reading is in Fashion. Books are Fashion Food.
awesomepeoplereading is and Awesome Tumblr. Reading makes you better and more fashionable for sure. Those people are awesome cause they read I'd say. When I don't read for longer time it means I am not feeling well. What would you say about reading? Free flow of thoughts: Models read while waiting in between the shows. Movie Stars read about themselves in gossip papers. Actors read their scripts. Authors read at public readings. Designers get inspired with books. Books are our most loyal friends. Fashion can be read. Love is in books. We read to our children. We dream about writing a book. We read in trains. We read on the beach. Some read only on holiday. We hide the covers of our books with newspaper. We try ...

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Greenberg Adrian . Women were Queens and Stars
Greenberg Adrian was a famous fashion and costume designer of the '40s, most famous for The Wizard of Oz red-sequined ruby slippers for Judy Garland and for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer films, he worked with some of the biggest female stars of the like of Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn and Joan Crawford. Famous also for "The Women" a black and white film which featured Adrian's most opulent creativity. Probably one of the most famous costume designer of his time, he had a very eclectic vision of style and a curios approach to the movie scripts transformed with his personal elegance and inspiration...

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Reduce your flesh Part 1 . The Muse: Polaire
We are no longer accustomed or obliged to wear corsets, thank God, I cannot stand anything that compresses the body, the use of corsets was aimed to slim the body and make it conform to a fashionable silhouette however, in some periods, corsets have been worn to minimize the bust and hips so much that on minimizing someone exaggerated, one for all the French theater actress Polaire. Known also as a singer, she born in Algiers, her career started in music-hall but she was launched into fame as a straight actress by her friends Willy and Colette in their play Claudine à Paris who promoted her as a young girl's ethereal sexual ideal, encouraged her to tight-lace and publicized her waist as ''the envy of a fashion...

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Monica Vitti . Beware of Blondes
Monica Vitti is one of the most important actress in Italy, she worked during the early 1960s with directors of the likes of Michelangelo Antonioni and Mario Monicelli. She appeared opposite to Marcello Mastroianni, Richard Harris, and Dirk Bogarde and as well as being attractive and intelligent, she is one of the most charming woman I think Italy ever had, I just adore Monica! Following a collection of several pics with her most interesting hairstyle....

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Peggy Moffitt . Not the typical model
There are models that left their mark in the fashion industry, Peggy Moffitt was one of them, working during the 1960s, she developed a personal style that featured heavy, Kabuki-like makeup and an asymmetrical hair-cut, including false eyelashes, drawing on Japanese Kabuki theater. Not the typical model, Peggy had a strongly iconic look, a fortune in fashion since that once accepted she became easily recognizable, but a strong character it's tough work where the glorious moments are history and the girl has to reinvent herself....

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Jose Ignacio Romussi Murphy An embroidered landscape
For our Vintageville section why not to talk about vintage photos combined with embroidery? Jose Ignacio Romussi Murphy was born in Chile where he stud­ied land­scape design, but his significant work concern more embroidery and prints col­lages in which he com­bines vin­tage pics with sophisticated lines. The Dan­cers series is one of his mainly theme lately transformed in new subjects ranging from calligraphy to abstracts series and maps. Besides being an artist with roots in Chile, his studio is in the Kreuzberg area in Berlin, he explains how he started his artistic life “One of my friends in America asked me if I was an artist, so I said 'Yes'! They asked to see some of my stuff so I went away for a...

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Holds hair firmly with a Vintage Scotch tape set
Being a designer and deal with art and design since you're 8 years old, often means finding solutions unorthodox to fix things. I have never sewn skirts hems, when I was younger I fixed them with a stapler, as well as the tape was vital for me to fix stuff. I used to be a graphic designer and before that, I studied at art schools, so I was more used to cutters and tape to contain charcoal rather than a needle and thread, although my mother was an excellent embroideress. I used stationery tools for everything but never thought about the hair. Following I found some old print adv and bodycopy that were used to advertise a new sticking hair style, I found them very funny. "Use Scotch hair set tape so your hair doe...

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The course of true love never did run smooth
The lunatic, the lover, and the poet. Are of imagination all compact. One sees more devils than vast hell can hold,That is, the madman: the lover, all as frantic, Sees Helen's beauty in a brow of Egypt: The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven; And as imagination bodies forth The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing A local habitation and a name. Such tricks hath strong imagination, That if it would but apprehend some joy, It comprehends some bringer of that joy; Or in the night, imagining some fear, How easy is a bush supposed a bear!...

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Erwin Blumenfeld . The innovator master of fashion photography
While I was reading the biography of the famous fashion photographer Erwin Blumenfeld, I realized as a failure can be easily transformed into a successful career. Erwin Blumenfeld was one of the most experimenter and innovator photographers of the twentieth century, he realized black and white nudes, celebrity portraiture, advertising campaigns and his renowned fashion photography. He took more covers for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar than any other living photographer. But his first job had nothing to do with photography, he began his career working as an apprentice dressmaker, he opened his own company in Amsterdam in 1923, a leather goods store specialising in ladies handbags that went bankrupt in 1935. After th...

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Bobbed hair has come to stay . Are you thinking to change into a bob?
A bob cut is a short haircut for women in which the hair is typically cut straight around the head at about jaw-level, often with a fringe or "bangs" at the front. The style was not considered generally respectable until given impetus by the inconvenience of long hair to girls engaged in war work, it all started in 1915 with the debut of the "Castle Bob", named for the first woman credited with doing it. Irene Castle, a famous ballroom dancer in the early 1900s, first cut her hair short as a young school girl to hide the fact that she was sneaking off to go swimming during classes. Friends and classmates copied her look but outraged parents and school officials forced them to be decent young ladies and grow th...

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Vintageville . Fashion Trends through the decades
Here are some pages from a special edition of L'Europeo, called "Nel segno della Moda" ("In the name of Fashion"). The volume is a collection of articles and pictures about fashion, all taken from old issues of this popular Italian weekly magazine, which stopped publication in 1995. The photographs below are a visual recap of the main fashion trends from late 40's when the "New Look" was invented to early 70's, the age of platforms and flares....

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What celebrities have in common with each other?
What celebrities have in common with each other? The love of fashion and style of course. Popularity never comes to characters who are not blessed with a unique personality and a well defined style. We found some old pictures depicting celebrities in relax, sometimes caught on arranging an outfit or taking a nap. What we've noticed is that elegance is a common trait own by all these beautiful ladies, even in unofficial moments. It may happen that the public figure differs from the private one, it is interesting to see that often instead the character and the person have become all one. ...

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Vintageville . Ode to Tomboy Style
Celebrated in a book, "Tomboy Style: Beyond the Boundaries of Fashion", which came out this spring, this masculine/feminine style has never really gone out of fashion. A synonym of an effortless chic dressing, it has therefore become a long time favourite of independent girls and women who know what they want and know how to get it. From writers and intellectuals to film and music stars...a fashion choice to show that there's life beyond mini-skirts and high heels!...

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Give me a rose dear, or just print it on me! The first photographic fabrics
While I was doing research for a theme very popular in the last months: Printed fabric, I stumbled upon these fantastic collection of photos owned by Getty Images and realized years ago for LIFE magazine. Shooted in the '40s to promote the "new" technique, these collection has been realized in years when printing on fabrics was still a great novelty. The photos are amazing, an impressive composition of shapes and balance finds place in a space where characters are a whole with the printed subjects; the posture and the smile, the background that recalls printing subjects, the emotional side with the face of a lady on a cushion.There was at that time a simple and effective attitude to apply advertising to fashion...

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Vintageville . 80’s Fashion, “More is more”
Here's our special top-ten of 80's fashion trends. Oh the 80's, age of shoulder-pads, mullets, sequins and laces. Forget the law of "less is more", the more you wore the more you needed. Let's get back to the 80's!...

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Anne Taintor and the art of Vintage Sarcasm
Anne Taintor website's slogan reads "Vintage Revisited. Making smart people smile since 1985" and her aim is as simple as that. She takes vintage graphics and pictures and embellish them with a touch of...sarcasm! Amongst the ranks of web 2.0 humor, her style has set what is now a a well-established trend. Political incorrectness is her trademark and goes way beyond the web, with her artworks being printed on objects and accessories...from calendars to e-cards to ashtrays. For your daily dose of nice cynicism....

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“Wunderbuzz”, celebrating inspiring women
A couple of years ago I stumbled upon a lovely made blog whose pages were full of inspiring pictures from the past...from the work of famous photographers to snaps of common people, landscapes and portraits. Beautiful pictures, both colour and black and white, put together to tell stories. It was a joy to look at. Needless to say I bookmarked it at once amongst my "favourites". This website, whose name is Wunderbuzz, is now part of the Another Magazine blog network and has now a brand-new look and a more specific aim...to "Celebrate Inspiring Women". The mind behind it is the Danish but east London-based Signe Kassow, a Contemporary Art postgraduate who is currently studying for a MA in film & screen studi...

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Vintageville . My Hair is better than yours
The eyes are the window of the soul? I like to think that hair is the window of the soul! Here we have some vintage hair inspiration for upcoming season...some of them are a bit crazy but why don't just give it a try? Your soul will look more beautiful than ever!...

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Vintageville . Music is my Radar
We've always wanted to make a music-related post for our Thursday rendez-vous…Today, November 1st, the time has finally come for a special Assez Vu' selection of old and inspiring pictures and songs. We hope you enjoy it....

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Vintageville . Beatlemania
The Beatles turn 50! "Love Me Do", the Fab Four's first single was released exactly 50 years ago, in October 1962. It's the gold jubilee of the most popular band ever and Assez Vu will celebrate them with a special selection of funny and unusual pictures of the guys. ...

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Vintageville . Ralph Crane
Ralph Crane is one of those talents who had to leave Germany because of Third Reich. He moved to America where he began one of the most influent photojournalist of his time. He was a staff contributor to the legendary LIFE Magazine....

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Vintageville . Sex sells
Here is a selection of fun, sassy, sexy pictures from the past. Because, everyone  knows that sex sells! Assez vu...

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Vintageville . Dandy
"It was so different before...for example, men used to wear hats! It was so elegant and respectful. Oh, they looked so distinguished. And what has happened now? It's like another planet...!"...

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Vintageville . Blonde or brunette?
It's the eternal debate, but we've got the answer...they can be both fun, sexy and appealing. It's only a hair colour after all!...

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Vintageville . Grete Stern, lady of illusion
German-born artist Grete Stern left for Argentina because of the Nazi regime, but not before having studied photography at the Bauhaus. There in the new country she gained recognition for her photomontages...An all-female imagery between dada collage and surreal photography....

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Vintageville . Dancing Queen
When there's nothing left to do....just dance! Do you like mambo, rumba or dancing with an anti-gas mask on? We've got everything for you here!...

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Lipstick Jungle . We were young and awesome
Young guns are usually called the newborn talents of the creative sphere, we collected some pics to give an overview on how some handsome models and actors were even cuter in their youth....

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Vintageville . Needful things
"Needful things" . Needful things you should add to your shopping list! ...

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Vintageville . We are a Family
"We are a Family" . Relatives and comrades, stories of friendship and common (and less common) affinity....

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Vintageville . Underwater delights
"Underwater delights" . An ode to the work of Bruce Mozert, pioneer of underwater photography....

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Vintageville – Odd finds
A selection of the best photographic oddities from family albums...

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Vintageville . Horst vs Ray
Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann, also known as Horst P. Horst and Emmanuel Radnitzky, also known as Man Ray: two geniuses of photography and their surreal portraits. ...

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Vintageville . 60’s Fashion
Clean-cut shapes, the mini-skirt and colourful patterns from the decade of revolution....

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Vintageville . With the band
"With the band" . Backstage passes and mass hysteria...

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Vintageville . Mirror mirror
"Mirror mirror" . Reflections of people and mirrored images through the ages ...

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Vintageville . Oversize matters
"Oversize matters" . When in doubt, go oversize...

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Vintageville . Cool for Cats
"Cool for Cats" . Cats are a girl's best friends...

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Vintageville . Old school makeup
"Old school makeup" . Vintage beauty ads and colourful beauties...

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Vintageville . Alone, together
"Alone, together" . The bliss of solitude vs the joy of company...

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Vintageville . Bad girls
"Bad girls" . A long tradition of chick toughness ...

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Vintageville . I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream
"I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream" . There's nothing better than vintage ice cream...

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Vintageville . Hands don’t lie
"Hands don't lie" . Hands, hands, hands. Always beautiful and intriguing....

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Vintageville . Spontaneous choreographies
"Spontaneous choerographies" . Graceful, yet unexpected daily life dances...

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Vintageville . Le freak c’est chic
"Le freak c'est chic" . A dwarf on a giant's shoulders sees farther of the two....

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Vintageville . Repetitions
"Repetitions" . We dig repetition ...

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Vintageville . Hey musician, play it again!
"Hey musician, play it again!" . Music oddities from the Futurist "Intonarumori" to the invention of Léon Theremin...

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Vintageville . Abracadabra
"Abracadabra" . The art of future-telling, levitation and other wonders ...

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Vintageville . Masked ball
Masked ball . Mysterious girls and masked villains...

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Vintageville . Dress and excess
Dress and excess . Pearls, sequins and magnificent headgears...

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Vintageville . Through my glasses
Life is great through black and white glasses...

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Vintageville . Beautiful pantomimes
Beautiful pantomimes . Lights, camera, action!...

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Vintageville . Kiss me stupid
Kisses in black and white ...

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Vintageville . Ghosts before breakfast
Ghosts before breakfast . Spirit if you are there, knock once!...

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Vintageville . We are all animals
"We are all animals" . Animals (real or fake) and their human counterparts ...

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Vintageville . Weird science
Weird science . Strange machines and other medical oddities ...

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Vintageville . Those vile bodies
Those vile bodies . Eyes, hands, lips on film and screen...

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Vintageville . How to disappear
How to disappear. When presence and absence are mixed together in beautiful pics...

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