So many of you have requested more lookalikes, so, HERE THEY ARE!! :-D Enjoy. ~The Fashioniste~
As good as... EEEEYEAH.
Ai -- chicas MUY calientes ! First, we see Helena Christensen, fanning the flames of flamenco desire, then Brazilian stunner Adriana Lima, then two from the Yves Saint Laurent Retrospective, Spring 2002, then Mexican model Liliana Dominguez, then two from Roberto Cavalli, Spring 2007, then another fine doll ;-D and then backstage at Cavalli...
From Harper's Bazaar, May 1952 (note the giant bundle of flowers she's holding); then American designer Oleg Cassini and his wife, actress Gene Tierny, in 1941 (and compare the flowers printed on her dress!); and lastly, Viktor & Rolf, properly draping one of the dresses from their Fall 2005 collection, on Czech supermodel Karolina Kurkova.
“Madame X” by American painter John Singer Sargent, 1884; then a dress from Lanvin, Fall 2006; then Mischa Barton in Yves Saint Laurent; then two from 6267's Fall 2007 line, and one from Chanel, Spring 2007...all together now!
Marilyn Monroe, photographed by Milton H. Greene on ther set of The Prince and The Showgirl, 1956--she herself was the executive producer of the film and it was released by the production company founded by the two of them. And that other chick? Two different pictures of Ukrainian model Snejana Onopka, wearing two different versions of the same piece from YSL's Spring 2006 collection (though neither color was featured in the runway show). Quite a difference the hair and makeup makes, don't you think...?
'40s French actress Arletty, then Siouxsie Sioux, then Clara Bow in the 1927 film, Wings, which won the award for "Most Outstanding Production" at the first Academy Awards, in 1929. She was Hollywood's first "It Girl;" when a reporter once asked her to define "It," she replied, in her native Brooklyn accent, "I ain't real shaw." It kinda reminds me of a clip I saw on that VH1 special "When Supermodels Ruled the Earth," when some reporter was trying to talk to Kate Moss backstage at a show and was like "How does it feel to have shifted the paradigm of what the public expects a fashion model to look like nowadays?" (or whatever), and Kate, who had been looking away, suddenly turned back to her and was like "What was the question...?" Wotevaaaaa.


In the middle is Dutch Barbie, then to the right of her we see that the Dutch design duo Viktor & Rolf have brought back the same gigantic blonde braid, here shown on Jessica Stam, backstage at their Spring 2006 runway show. But! We see to the left that the braid was also used by '60s fashion icon Twiggy. It's really a wonder how any of these three can keep their balance with that thing...
Latvian model Inguna Butane, 20 years old, and the cover of the August-September 1965 issue of Vogue Patterns--that's a span of some 42 years! Whaaat! WOW.
Claudia Schiffer on Harper's Bazaar, October 1991; Tori Amos on the cover of her own biography, and another model:
Najda Auermann at the Thierry (pr. "Terry") Mugler Anniversary Retrospective show at the Cirque d'Hiver, July 1995; Jessica Stam at Dolce & Gabbana, Spring 2007; and Helena Christensen, around 1992...then more from the Dolce line. What man could resist the idea of a chastity belt that extends above the waist as well as below? U kNoW?
First we see a detail from a work by the late-19th-century Polish painter Władysław Bakałowicz (pr. "Vladislav Bakalovitch"), "Konkurent" (meaning "The Suitor"), and then we see what is more or less a modern version of those five competing ladies--it's none other than British pop sensations The Spice Girls! Shown here from back in '97--
Maids of honor: Here we have a French maid public graffiti-stencil done by UK street artist Banksy, then we see Italian model Mariacarla Boscono either from French or Italian Vogue... Hey, just pickin' up the pieces! XD
And more! -- Belgian supermodel Anouck Lepere (don't be fooled by the apron!); then Vogue, February 1, 1911 by Helen Dryden; then a cover from late-'40s-'50s girlie magazine, Whisper, illustrated by Peter Driben. And look at how versatile these ladies make themselves!!! Oh...splendiferous.
A stunning red satin skirtsuit from Italian design house Roccobarocco, Fall 2006, and a lovely earlier rendition, from the cover of Vogue's Junaury 15, 1961 issue (yes, as you might notice, Vogue was actually published twice a month, on the 1st and 15th, until the '70s). Anyway, I have to say that the addition of the black scarf and the stockings absolutely, definitely works--my god.... But then again, I like the more traditional look of the other one, so hmm...
Danish supermodel Helena Christensen in the early '90s, and Brazilian supermodel Isabeli Fontana, from a 2006 issue of the French Review of Fashion (which publishes such amazing pictures, and uses SO MUCH heavy ink to publish them, that it's hard not to get high off of both--or either--of those things...)
Canadian supermodel Linda Evangelista, from the early '90s, in a very daring yellow number.
And here we have Vogue US from September 15, 1963, and Vogue China from November 2006. Those two covers, both showing designs from Balenciaga, demonstrate just how "self-globalizing" fashion really is: You see, Cristobal Balenciaga had his own marvelously successful Paris fashion house, which he had closed down in 1968, but the spirit and the vision of the designer has been brought back--and to great heights--by Nicolas Ghesquiere in the early 2000's. So, in order words, the Spanish-Basque designer of a French fashion house, designed a look for an American magazine, which was then later modernized by a Belgian-French designer for the Chinese version of that same magazine some four decades later! :-O
Christian Dior Haute Couture black silk evening dress, Fall 1955, and actress Renée Zellweger in vintage Valentino at the 2003 Golden Globes. How awesome does she look?? What an attitude. Love it.
Givenchy by Alexander McQueen, Fall 1997, then a "wasp waist" (quite nice) from the turn of the 20th century, modelled by Lizzie Carswell Smith...then we have something from Alexander McQueen's own semi-retrospective show at the Cirque d'Hiver, Spring 2007, and indeed the similiarities are no coincidence--but that only makes it more brilliant, not less! An incredible referencer he indubitably is. And if I'm not mistaken, I think these are the kind of hips that do lie (you got that, Shakira? XD). Ok.
Back-end view from the McQueen spring '07 show, then Renée Zellweger as Roxie Hart, in the 2002 adaptation of Chicago, then another awesome model from the McQueen Spring '07 show--WOW.
Balloons! Yipee! Ah yeah-- Here we have Czech supermodel Eva Herzigova wearing a Norma Kamali black sequin number, followed by super-duper-model of the moment, the Australian Gemma Ward, and then Mariacarla Boscono (yes, from dark hair to blonde) from the Givenchy, Spring 2006 ad campaign, done by the great fashion photographers Inez and Vinoodh, with clothes designed by new creative director Riccardo Tisci --
Another dazzling, multicolored work of wearable art from Dolce & Gabbana's Spring 2007 line, and one from the John Galliano (signature line) Spring 2005 runway show. I think that might possibly be the first ever inflatable, wearable, MYLAR DALMATIAN BALLOON (say WHA?). Yeah, I KNOW! it's PRETTY FREAKIN CRAZY!!! :-D What WON'T they come up with next?!??
New York-based design house Abaeté decided to use this look in their Fall 2007 collection--it is a modern reworking of the look designed by Givenchy--that is, in this case, Hubert Givenchy himself, for Audrey Heburn's role as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961. The film was based on a 1958 book by Truman Capote, and Capote, who sold the film rights of his novella to Paramount Studios, actually wanted Marilyn Monroe to play the role of Holly in the film; he had even said: "Marilyn was always my first choice to play the girl," and a screennwriter was hired to "tailor the screenplay for Monroe." In the end, when Audrey was cast instead of Marilyn, Capote remarked: "Paramount double-crossed me in every way." But there is a point where she says, "Did I tell you how divinely and utterly happy I am?"
From Christian Dior, Fall 2006 Ready-to-Wear...and then there's the guitarist from Roxy Music. WOOOO!!!!
To the right: Kate Moss from an ad for the Dior Fall 2006 Ready-to-Wear. To the left: some ridiculously mindless trend-follower who apparently thinks he's 1000 times cooler than anyone else (omg. plz. get over yrself.) Then there he is again I guess, and lastly, Victoria Beckham doin' some window-shopping--
To right: Linda Evangelista in the early '90s, and to the left: Boy George in the early '80s.
In the middle are some backstage preparation pics from the Christian Lacroix Fall 2007 Ready-to-Wear show. And that guy? Well, none other than John Lydon of Public Image Ltd. Ahh yeeah.
The ultimate in '50s cookwear (LOL!), and a high heel from an October 1950 issue of Vogue...
French writer Guy de Maupassant wrote a story, "The Private Affairs oif Bel-Ami" in 1885, which was adapted for film by the American director Albert Lewin in 1947--and there's the poster! Then, we have a still of Liz Taylor and James Dean from the 1956 film Giant, which was one of the mere three films in which Dean was the leading actor. And lastly we have the painting "Circe and Odysseus," by the German painter Hubert Maurer in 1785. And as far as my interpretation is concerned, I have nothing to add. Ha-HA!
Not to be unduly brusque or mercenary, but this IS America... Could it be possible that Capitalism is something like a religion? I have no idea; I'm really just wondering what's more crass: a plastic dollar sign or a gold one? $-P
Marilyn Monroe, photographed by Tom Kelley Sr. , 1949...
She's like "All right, see ya laterrr......" Wladyslaw Bakalowicz's "Lezaca" (late 19th century) -- See ya baby!!! :-D
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