Monthly Archives: September 2015

Shirley Levitt: Fettered

After extensive searching, you would think that the pool of 50’s fetish models would have tried up. Alas amiable pervs, for I have found one more vintage vixen, Shirley Levitt. Why these ladies seem bereft of biographies will remain an annoyance. ┬áPossibly born in the late 20’s/early 30’s like Bettie Page or Betty Brosmer. While […]

Catwoman: Hear Me Roar

Since 1940. Catwoman has become a part of comic iconography; later cultural. As I am not a comic book fan, my attachment to Catwoman is not in the context of Batman (either comic or on the TV series). As a child of the early 90’s, I remember seeing images of Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman from ‘Batman […]

Hedy Lamarr: Stunning & Cerebral

To be dubbed the most beautiful woman in the world in Hollywood. A town full of beautiful women, past and present. So Hedy Lamarr must have been an extraordinary woman to behold. Born Hedwig Eva Marie Kiesler on 9th November 1914 in Vienna, Austria. Born initially into comfort, thanks to her father’s job as bank […]

Diana Vreeland: I Don’t Owe You Prettiness

It has been my observation that when fashion magazines extol advise. They can be very uniform and frankly driven by whatever is most acceptable at the very moment. Not usually progressive, however sometimes the mould is broken. That’s where Diana Vreeland enters. Born Diana Dalziel on 29th September 1903 in France. Her world was high […]

China Machado: Immortalised

When Richard Avedon declares that you are ‘probably the most beautiful woman in the world’. You must be extraordinary, as is China Machado. Born Noelie Dasouza Machaco 25th December 1929 in Shanghai, China. Her early life was spent travelling with her family to Peru, Argentina and Spain. Choosing to enjoy tradition persuits such as knitting, […]

Coveted Bag: Coblentz Satchel Barrel Bag

While it is true that style cannot be bought nor does it change with the tides of fashion. Some of the key figures of chic, sadly not last. Once upon a time, Coblentz, established in 1935 in New York. Was Parisienne inspired sophistication sold in high end department shops such as Saks Fifth Avenue. While […]

Coveted Bag: Hermes Pullman Bag

Just when you thought Hermes had no more to offer from their back catalogue. Behold the Pullman bag. As to it history, I have not been able to find much. Based on the limited information I have been able to uncover, Pullman was definitely in existence during the 1960’s. Sadly by the 1980’s Hermes decided […]

Deborah Turbeville: Phantasmagoria

THIS POST CONTAINS NUDITY Born on 6th July 1932 in Stoneham, Massachusetts. As a young woman, she moved to New York. There she found work as an assistant and sample model for Claire McCardell. In time she raised through the the ranks to editorial for both ‘Mademoiselle’ and ‘Harper’s Bazaar’. However, this career path was […]

Second Look

Ah September, now we can officially say farewell to summer. To open toed shoes, to bare shoulders and fretting about the merest hint of leg hair. Now let’s cast our eyes on these warm weather wonders; the top dress is called Zelma and is by Agent Provocateur. Followed by a Louis Vuitton slip, A Lingerie […]