Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Beauty and Burlesque

*beauty : the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit.

*burlesque :
theatrical entertainment of a broadly humorous often earthy character consisting of short turns, comic skits, and sometimes striptease acts.

There is something appealing about beautiful delight that doesn't take itself too seriously. Frivalous and frilly and sumptuous and lush. Fabrics play such an important part in all of these qualities - they provide the texture, glow, volume and joy to the character of the beautiful burlesque. They wrap beauty in clothes.

These previous images are from the famous burlesque performet Dita Von Teese. www.dita.net

Rose and Plumbago I 2001

Afternoon Delight III 2005

Rosemary Valadon provides such sumptuousness, femininity and voluptuousness in her paintings. I can hear the rustle of the clothing and want to touch and scrunch the flowers.

Here's what was said in the introduction to her exhibition 'The Divine Burlesque' -

"“I am interested in recording women’s experiences, and why and what shapes us,” explains Rosemary Valadon. “I use myth, fairy tales and psychology, which inform our subconscious selves, and try to show this in a visual manner. I also love drama, dressing up, trying out other selves.”

“Rosemary Valadon takes us on a journey into the theatrical world of fairy tales and ancient mythologies that examine the politics of gender and identity. Her work is clearly concerned with the place of women in the space of affection, power and social control,” explains exhibition curator, Rod Pattenden."
- http://www.gtcc.nsw.gov.au/page/page.asp?page_Id=1314

And you can't go past Lacroix for theatrical beauty.

These images are from his Fall 2007 collection found here - http://www.style.com/fashionshows/collections/F2007CTR/complete/thumb/CLACROIX
and his official site is here - http://www.christian-lacroix.fr/


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