Happy Birthday Diva!!

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And this blog could not pass by the day a Diva had her birthday! She is not around anymore but Ella Fitzgerald is eternal!!! Happy birthday!

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Gone with the wind..but fashion is still there

Looking for the past is always a source of inspiration for me. Vintage always rules and maybe the concepts just get up to dated! Take a look at those beautiful woman from the past and get inspired.

There comes the bride

And there comes the bride all dressed in white. You can be a taliban feminist, but I bet the thought of wearing a beautiful dress and walk through an aisle has come to your mind. I wonder if Simone de Beauvoir deep inside never thought about that.

The wedding dress is part of the history of many cultures. In the western society, the dress in white as we known it, was a trend created by Queen Victoria when she got married to her beloved Albert. She was heavily criticized, as it was considered not elegant enough for a queen. Truth is that she created a tradition that in westren society that few dare to break and the white color became a simble of purity and tradition.

In other cultures such as in India, the brides wear red since it is associated with the rising sun and it is regarded as the color of a new life.In some Apache tribes the dress is woven by the groom and any men in the village who wished to participate and if we compare with western culture this would be a suicide, as it s said to bring bad luck to have the groom seen the bride’s dress before the wedding.

Time passed and the wedding dress, nowadays, fits the taste of the bride (or rather the family of the bride). Long or short; white or red; it doesn’t matter what part of the globe you are in, but there is always something special to be worn in this day that is said to be the best of many women lives.

Dali’s fashion world

The life of Salvador Dali was not only made of surreal dreams, it seems that besides painting pictures and writing movies with Luiz Bunel, he was also a fashion designer.

It is said that his will for designing came from a meeting he had with Coco Chanel and after that he put in his mind he had to explore this “new area”. Of course, he couldn’t be an ordinary pret à porter designer and he wasn’t, as his creations are actually driven to artistic clothes such as the costumes to the theatrical piece, Bacchanale, and for the opera, Tristan Fou. As we can imagine, someone full of great ideas as he was, could just produce amazing things, maybe to crazy to be worn, but who cares? Lady Gaga would maybe be his frequent client.

One of his most famous piece is the Lobster dress created with Elsa Schiaparelli. Adding a little bit more to the story, the dress was shown in 1937 in Vogue by Dali’s favorite “model” Wallis Simpson (yes the divorced woman who shocked England). I don’t know if the model was chosen on purpose, but the painter was well known for using lobsters as an expression of frank and ardent sexuality. So, who knows?????Truth is, the dress is amazing, yeah even with a big lobster I could wear it for the Oscar’s, and it has served as inpiration for many other designers of our generation.

His fashion design side doesn’t end there, he also colaborated with illustrations for Vogue and Harpers’s Bazaar. Let’s wait a bit more and someone will come up with hidden files of his life and we will maybe learn he was something else. The guy was a real creativity box.