~ Style-alikes – Part 3 ~
24 different fully annotated sets
"One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art."
-Oscar Wilde

"One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art, or BOTH!"
-The Fashioniste
...and if you're a gorgeous woman in a gorgeous outfit, you've done it!!! :D
A gold-embroidered boot from the Net-a-porter.com ad banner (wait, this is informative? talk about starting off on the wrong...!!); then Polish model Anna Jagodinska at Just Cavalli, Fall 2006; then Greek princess Katerina Rosa Botsaris, by German portrait master Joseph Karl Steiler, 1841; then Polish model Anja Rubik and Russian model Vlada Roslyakova, backstage at Christian Lacroix, Fall 2007 Ready-to-Wear.
In the middle, American supermodel Christy Turlington at an early '90s runway show, and then a model from a recent Russian fashion show...
Detail of the frontispiece to L'Instruction d'un jeune prince (Instruction of a Young Prince), an advice book on good conduct by Guillebert de Lannoy, c. 1468-70; then, well, Brazilian model Gisele Bündchen and Russian model Colette Pechekhonova at Celine, Fall 2000, when Michael Kors was at the helm, before he got his own line.
Christy Turlington, in what is most likely Versace, from the early '90s.










Brazilian model Caroline Trentini at Roberto Cavalli, Fall 2006, and then the Milanese designer himself, just after being presented an award by Victoria Beckham. I follow this by another pic from the Just Cavalli Fall 2006 show (yes, that's obviously his other design house), and then two different close-ups of that jacket.














American model Kristen McMenamy in a Versace ad from 1995; then Canadian model Jessica Stam in a bathing suit by Commes des Garçons for Speedo; then Canadian model Coco Rocha bumpin' the box in a plastic coat from très outré (rrreally out-there) British designer Gareth Pugh, Spring 2007. Yeah, I think it would be a good time for a game, but uhh...what can we use?
British songstress Siouxsie Sioux, around the time of her band's "Harlequin" album; then Swedish beauty Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, photographed by then-husband Irving Penn, who was the second famous photographer she married, and, needless to say, she graced the cover of countless magazines during the 1930's, 40's and 50's, though not much is known of her personal life (this was well before tabloids); and lastly, I give you a closeup of the inimitable and indelible Christian Dior "New Look" of 1947.
Christian Dior by John Galliano, Spring 2002 Haute Couture; then a suede boot from Manolo Blahnik, Fall 2007(yes, really!!!), then German model Tatiana Patitz on the January 1990 cover of US Vogue.



The famous "bar jacket"--so unbelievable!!!!! Who can create something like this?? Amazing.
Detail from a 14th-century British painting. Info: "The lower body and legs in this period were typically clothed in a pair of white pants called Braies, and the legs were usually covered with individual stocking-like garments which were known as Chausses (hose)." Any designers ready to bring 'em back...?
Dior by Galliano, Fall 2005 Couture (construction/de/con/struc/tion, o/k e/nough); then one of those medieval English guys; then Christian Dior himself, in the process of fitting a dress to a beautiful model, circa 1949... LUV IT
Canadian model Linda Evangelista, from an early-'90s issue of Italian Vogue, then the March 15, 1954 cover of US Vogue, then a reinterpretation (I think?!?) from Galliano's Fall 2007 line.
Dior, Spring 2004 Couture that would make Cleopatra raise her own brow (even further),
then Vogue, December 1964.
Detail from Russian painter Dmitrij Levickij's "Portrait of Princesses Davydova und Rzevskaja," 1772, and then Linda Evangelista, in a green taffeta 'Watteau' evening dress from Vivienne Westwood, Spring 1996. An interesting point about the designer: "Westwood thinks of silk taffeta as the most modern of fabrics. Rarely bothering to hang her silk dresses up when travelling, she explains they look marvellous worn straight from the suitcase."



British model Lily Cole as La Mariee, at Christian Lacroix, Fall 2006 Haute Couture, flanked by two Portraits of a Young Woman from two Renaissance masters out of Florence, Italy. The first is by Antonio Pollaiuolo (I reversed it for effect), and the second is by Doneico Veneziano, both from the mid-1400's.
French model Morgane Dubled at Chloe, Fall 2006, approaching the Spanish painter Francisco de Goya's "Señora Sabasa García." She was the niece of Spain’s minister of foreign affairs and one of Goya’s leading patrons. It is one of his greatest portraits, composed circa 1806. As one site noted: "Goya painted spontaneously and he rarely reworked his canvases, thus retaining the immediacy of his first impressions."







Furthermore: "A legend is associated with this picture that, like many anecdotes, may contain an element of truth. While Goya was painting her uncle, Sabasa visited Pérez’ house, and the artist, struck by her beauty, supposedly asked permission to portray her."






On the left: Chanel, Spring 2006 Ready-to-Wear, and on the right: at Carolina Herrera, Fall 2006. And some 200 years earlier: a royal tailor commissioned by the court of King Charles IV of Spain, Fall 1806. (Quite probably.)
I'll now take a moment to extend this timely quotation, from Gianni Versace: "In the past, people were born royal. Nowadays, royalty comes from what you do--which includes BEING A MODEL!!!" :-DDD Okay.
Not quite lookalikes in the literal sense, but I felt a similarity in the florality of it, if you will. Anyway--Dutch model Bette Franke at Louis Vuitton, Spring 2007, then a sketch from 1820, possibly the fashion section of a newspaper.
Nice doll!
Siouxsie Sioux looking awesome in a white shawl-collar tuxedo jacket, 1980; then American model Lindsay Ellingson at Chanel Haute Couture, Spring 2006; and then a very fancy Frenchy-French Barbie doll.
  Linda Evangelista, doing her own take on the look of Eliza Doolittle from one of the greatest musicals, "My Fair Lady."
The Eliza doll, and then on the far right, is that doll making it onto the cover of a Barbie magazine, woohoo! :-D Annnnd of course in the center is Audrey Heburn, from the 1964 film adaptation of the musical... Ya gotta love the way one site describes of her: "Audrey Hepburn was an Academy Award-winning Anglo-Dutch actress of film and theatre, a legendary Broadway stage performer, an accomplished ballerina, a world-famous fashion model, and a humanitarian." Damn. (r U jEaLoUs YeT????? No? ThEn U MuSt EaT @ TiFfAnY'S 4 TiMeZ a DaYaY.)




"The Gates," the site-specific art-installation displayed in Central Park, New York City, by the Bulgarian-French artistic duo of Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Displayed for two whole weeks in February 2005, it consisted of 7,503 orange metal frames, each with a vertically hanging saffron-colored nylon sheet, which I personally assumed were supposed to be "flags" representing the "Nation of Art." Yeah. I am an idiot. Then, we see that snow-meltingly hot chick who is not only wearing a work of art, but who is a work of art, the adorable Russian beauty Sasha Pivovarova, at Chloe Fall 2007. Neat-o! Watch her change with the seasonssss!
Girls get discovered
as winter melts,
Flowers competing
for the sun. . .
(I once heard a poem that went something like that...)




I call this following arrangement of pictures: "Wait, is that New Wave? What Year is that from???" And first up is a photo of Marilyn Monroe, from about 1950. (Yeah, isn't that like...kinda New Wave?) Ya see??
I love this pair: First, Polish model Marcelina Sowa, backstage at Galliano, Fall 2007 (can you believe that picture is from 2007?!??), and then Vogue Italia, from (GET THIS--) July 1976?!???? REALLY? WOW. Italy was like 8 seasons ahead of the curve of that one! But then again, is that really such a surprise...?
OK, good--they added the white and the magenta blush. Phew! Just enough to make Steven Strange proud...
...cuz, uh, you COULD say that the lead singer of that ACTUAL early-'80s new-wave group (Visage--yeah, that's who) was so horrified by the tan complexion of this darling model...


...and shows fear as he turns to hide.





Here he is once again, juxtaposed with the actress who played Leah in the 1937 film version of "The Dybbuk," based on the harrowing 1914 Russian Jewish play about a lovelorn woman who becomes possessed... Very scary.
On the left: a red Shiseido ad from 1985, and on the right, a blue one from 1986. And in the middle? Now that would be a drawing from Vogue, September 1, 1938! Yes, REALLY! Wait, isn't that New Wave?!?!?? Are YOU sure that's from that long ago? "I think you mean 1983, not '38, right?" I know, I was shocked at first, too!


OH, you've seen THIS before, haven't you.
One of the signature-style paintings by early-20th C Dutch modern painter Piet Mondrian, who began producing such grid-based compositions in 1919; the ones shown here are the more definitive works, from the 1930's-'40s.
One of the Mondrian-inspired dresses from Yves Saint Laurent's Fall 1965 collection, featured on the September 1965 issue of French Vogue, and then--WHOA! SERIOUSLY?!--Latvian model Inguna Butane, backstage at Roberto Cavalli, Spring 2006. HHHOT!!! Nice reinterpretation! Think it was a coincidence...? :-s
BE a work of art... WEAR a work of art... How...about... BOTH.
Looks great on canvas hung up on a wall, or on jersey hung upon a model! :-D






Above: German model Diana Gartner model wears the dress at the Yves Saint Laurent Retrospective, Spring 2002. Below: We see an early self-portait of Mondrian, then a somewhat suggestive picture of that '60s model from French Vogue, and...hey--am I insinuating something here?? Nahhh. I ain't that clev-eau-oua...
Gridlocked! Oh no!!! SO...What makes a dress work? Well, a person wearing it. I would think. Y'know? :-/




Jackson Pollock, "No. 5, 1948," the most expensive painting in the world as of the posting of this update. It sold for $140 Million in November of 2006 to Ronald Lauder, yes, the CEO of Estee Lauder cosmetics company. Now remember THAT, every time you flip open that compact mirror to check yourself out...all right? And uh, as for that dress? I don't know! And as for any lame joke about the price of it? I'll pass.
Detail of Dutch painter Jan Vermeer's "The Lacemaker," 1664, and the November 1, 1976 issue of US Vogue. Yes !
A drawing of a woman from the Spring 1925 issue of Parties magazine, "A magazine of Decorations, Costumes, Games, and Refreshments" :D, and then British model Lily Donaldson at Chanel, Spring 2007 Ready-to-Wear.
That's cool, isn't it? Very cool.
Czech supermodel Eva Herzigova at Roberto Cavalli, Spring 2003, and--look closely--you see Boy George on her upper thigh? NOW we're talkin' the real deal. Awesome!










Black suede and MONKEY FUR ankle-boots by the early-20th C Italian-Egyptian designer Elsa Schiaparelli, from 1938, and then some black furry-lookin' ankle-boots from Just Cavalli, Fall 2007 (REALLY?!??) WOWWW...



But WAIT! If THAT wasn't enough, here's one from Manolo Blahnik's Fall 2007 collection, and then a HIGHLY overgrown take, from Anna Sui's Fall 2003 collection.
Carolina Herrera, Resort (in-between collection) Spring 2008, and the a bag from Italian design house Moschino. Can you say "The Accessoriste"? (I can't...sounds nasty.)
Detail from the front cover of the February 1984 issue of Esquire magazine, and then Jessica Stam looking absolutely delectable at the carnival, from a 2006 issue of W magazine. Compare the feet... yyyow!
South African stunner Behati Prinsloo at Paul Smith Women, Fall 2007, and leave it to the stately British designer Paul Smith to reinterpret at T-shirt that I myself saw bein' sold by the dozen for 10 bucks-a-pop one afternoon at the South Street Seaport when I was on a class field-trip in the 4th grade. 1990 in FULL EFFECT!!!!


America supermodel Cheryl Tiegs on the cover of Bazaar, January 1979, and one of my favorites, British pop sensation Emma Bunton, on the cover of a signed copy (no, not mine) of her latest album. Sooo cute!
A sketch by Goya, "Woman Hitting Another Woman with a Shoe." I like that the source where I found this describes the dates of its composition as "1812-1823," which makes it sounds like it took 11 years to draw this lovely and comforting reminder of the uniquely supportive and mysteriously beautiful relationship that women have with each other. And then there's another instance, from the '50s... Meee-OW!!
Just gettin' crazy here--a kabuki-print wallpaper I found on eBay, and then an army of origami Hello Kittys (AHHHH!!!!!!), followed by "Alex P. Keaton" of Family Ties, from the February 1988 issue of Esquire.
Thank you.
With just a few exceptions,
every image was either from:
(Wikimedia Commons)

References - Just take a quick glance at each -- I think you'll find at least TWO inspiring pages here! :-s

Joseph Karl Stieler's "Gallery of Beauties"
And yeah,
He did that painting too.

The rest of one of the pictures I used:

The story behind it be can be found at the bottom of this page (This is also great if you're just incidentally interested in Flemish manuscript illumination!)--
"An Introduction to Valois Burgundy" (Cool pictures, if anything!)

Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn
(I'll probably end up using all of these in future galleries)

Some very diverse examples of the design "technique" used by the still-rebelling English designer, Vivienne Westwood,
including one of the ones I showed here!

And that portrait of Señora Sabasa Garcia?
Since 1908, she's been to 6 different cities around the world!

The Gates - the best photo collection I found, with some I used above:

"The Dybbuk" (pr. "dibbik") - It was a harrowing Eastern European folktale made into a play, and then a film, and then even a ballet by Leonard Bernstein:
Some of you may find the story similar to another Jewish folktale that was recently adapted into a film,
Namely, this one
One telling of the story...

Visage - "Fade to Grey", or as the girl softly says, "Devenir Gris"...
The whole song is translated into French in the song itself--and of course the name of the group, Visage, is the French word for...Face (! LOL) My, how utterly...apropos.

Piet Mondrian:
I think you get the idea--or do you?
De_Stijl (That's Dutch for "The Style"--no, really!)
A simpler definition

Jan Vermeer - A thumbnailed gallery of all his major works--
and he actually painted very few--
and here's a gallery where you can zoom in, up to 200%!! Unbelievable!:

Manolo Blahnik heels for Fall/Winter 2007:
Are these timeless or WHAT!
(I literally thought it was a retrospective of his greatest work, but it's really just his creations for the upcoming season! WOW...)

Pollock!!! AND the 100+ OTHER most expensive paintings ever sold.
Yes, this list is kept current -- ARE YOU LISTENING, ARTISTS?? >;-)

I came up with many new ideas while working on this, and will be developing them for the Next Update!!! Yes!
Again, Thank you so very much. ~The Fashioniste~