hidden dreams vintage opium smokers listening to flowers neon abandoned mental asylums Francis & Lucian Jan Švankmajer

 

Sep 27, 2009

Louise Brooks: hypnotic beauty



Lousie Brooks was an iconic screen persona and a great performer of the silent 1920s. She was a sexually liberated woman, not afraid to experiment, even posing fully nude for "art" photography and some of the films she played considered shocking in their time.
Brooks was characterised as being a rebellious - eccentric person and an independent spirit. One of her key films was the
Diary Of A Lost Girl but her most memorable role was playing Lulu in Pandora's Box in 1929. She is definitely a silent film legend.


Francesco Scognamiglio ss2010


source: style.com

Laurie Lipton

Laurie Lipton is a well known drawing artist. She says she thinks in images and gets inspiration from strong emotions. Through her bizarre - surreal drawings and the dark tones artworks it seems that she gives a new insight into horror genre.
In her own words...

"My art began as a repository for all my negative
emotions. I was a perfect, cute little girl in a perfect, cute little suburb in New York and didn't know what to do with all the dark, fearful shit that was swirling round in my head. If I hadn't found an outlet, I would have exploded like a firecracker."
...

"I love Horror. It is the bastard daughter of the gothic novel, which was a genre developed mainly by women. Why was that? I guess it allowed women to access their deepest, subconscious emotions in a way that the conventional novel never did."


Why Am I Always Attracted to...? (1993)

Prime Time (2006)

Family Reunion (2005)

Over the Edge (1995)

Facing up to Reality (1989)

Sinking into the Act of Love (2004)

Sep 25, 2009

Nina Simone

Also known as The High Priestess of Soul, Nina Simone (1933 - 2003) is considered one of the greatest jazz, soul artists in music history.
She was famous for her ability to express her emotions in such an intense way while singing whereas the sound of her voice could be easily changed from very melancholic to deep joyful. Simone was also a civil rights activist. She has been a great source of inspiration for many artists.

Nina Simone's version of Feeling Good:




Sep 24, 2009

inspiration from the past...


Penelope Tree - Irina Lazareanu

Greta Garbo - Uma Thurman

Verushka - Kate Moss

Veronica Lake - Cate Blanchett

Audrey Hepburn - Sarah Jessica Parker

Brigitte Bardot - Gwyneth Paltrow

Louise Brooks - Kate Moss

Brigitte Bardot - Madonna

Marisa Berenson - Christy Turlington

Isabel Adjani - Cindy Crawford - Kate Moss

Kate Moss feathers up for parisian Vogue


Vogue Paris - March 1994
by Paolo Roversi

Vogue Paris - March 2004
by David Sims


Vogue Paris - October 2009
by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin

Sep 19, 2009

just amazing...


model in coat by Georges Kaplan, and hat by Halston
ph: John Cowan, Arctic Circle, Canada, c.1964
(© Conde Nast Archive/Corbis)