Saturday, August 9, 2008
Cabaret Coquette: Louise Brooks Meets Dita Von Teese
Necessary Objects: The List
1.) Cacharel's Mini Dress: This shiny black lurex mini combines a goth sensibility with refined details and a 1920's era drop-waisted silhouette. A loose fit and pockets provide a comfort factor that you don't often get with elegant dresses.
2.) Pluma's Kit Headband: Crafted of pheasant feathers, this eye-catching hair ornament will look gorgeous when paired with a low bun. The feathered headband is also reminiscent of the sumptuous feather boas worn by Cabaret performers in the Weimar Republic, with the same brand of decadent Vanitas-ish elegance.
3.) Agent Provocateur Europa Hold Up: These sheer lipstick red stockings have a visible seam that was a popular sartorial detail during the Weimar era. They are emblematic of the eroticism and titillation inherent in the Cabaret act.
4.) Lipstick Queen lipstick in Rouge Sinner: A matte raspberry stain, this lipstick works in concert with a powdered complexion to create a striking contrast a la Louise Brooks. Wear this lipstick without any blush and just a smidgen of black eyeliner to really draw attention to the lip.
5.) Glitter and Doom: German Portraits From the 1920's: This exhibition catalogue from the Metropolitan Museum of art features essays by Sabine Rewald, Ian Buruma, and Matthias Eberle, discussing various portraits from the decadent era between the wars. Look for standout works by Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity) artists such as Otto Dix and Christian Schad, who investigate themes of transvestism, sexuality, and heroin addiction.
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