Thursday, November 25, 2010

Carlos Schwabe : Ange d'espérance 1895

Carlos Schwabe 1892

Original poster designed by Carlos Schwabe for
the First Rosecrucian Exposition, which took place
at the Galerie Durand Ruel, Paris, in 1892

Carlos Schwabe (July 21, 1866–1926) was a German Symbolist painter and printmaker.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Coco Chanel 1910


Gabrielle "Coco" Bonheur Chanel (August 19, 1883 – January 10, 1971) was a French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand. She was the only fashion designer to appear on Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. 

Along with Paul Poiret, Chanel was credited with liberating women from the constraints of the "corseted silhouette" and popularizing the acceptance of a sportive, casual chic as the feminine standard in the post-World War I era. A prolific fashion creator, Chanel’s influence extended beyond couture clothing. Her design aesthetic was realized in jewelry, handbags, and fragrance. Her signature scent, Chanel No. 5 became an iconic product, one irrevocably identified with The House of Chanel.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Ruth Saint Denis 1914

Ruth St Denis in The Peacock, at Ravinia Park a few days after the world premiere. (c1914)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Louise Brooks


Louise Brooks (November 14, 1906 – August 8, 1985), born Mary Louise Brooks, was an American dancer and actress, noted for popularizing the bobbed haircut.

Brooks is best known as the lead in three feature films made in Europe, including two G. W. Pabst films: Pandora's Box (1929), Diary of a Lost Girl (1929), and Prix de Beauté (Miss Europe, 1930). She starred in seventeen silent films and eight sound films before retiring in 1935. Brooks published her memoir, Lulu in Hollywood, in 1982, three years later she died of a heart attack at the age of 78.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Paul Hesse : Ava Gardner 1940’s


Ava Gardner (December 24, 1922 – January 25, 1990) was an American actress. She was signed to a contract by MGM Studios in 1941 and appeared mainly in small roles until she drew attention with her performance in The Killers (1946). She became one of Hollywood's leading actresses, considered one of the most beautiful women of her day. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in Mogambo (1953).

Monday, November 1, 2010

George Hurrell : Greta Garbo "Romance" 1930

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Greta Garbo (18 September 1905 – 15 April 1990), born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson, was a Swedish film actress and an international star and icon during Hollywood's silent and classic periods.