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~The Fashioniste~ brings you a host of "Style-alikes" that just might shock you!
Vogue magazine, June '46, and Danish model Freja Beha Erichsen at Marc Jacobs, Fall '07


Portuguese magazine O Século Ilustrado ("The Illustrated Century") from January 24, 1959; then Icelandic singer and multi-talented musician Bjork, shown DJing somewhere in 2006; and then Russian model Sasha Pivovarova, backstage at Christian Dior, Ready-to-Wear, Fall '07
Belgian model Anouck Lepère at a Milan fashion show, Fall '06, and from Boutique magazine, Fall-Winter '78
Versace Resort (that's the special traveling collection), Spring '08, and Vogue Patterns magazine, June-July 1972
Brazilian model Isabeli Fontana at Bottega Veneta, Fall '06, and from Vogue magazine, September 15, 1951
Vogue Knitting magazine, Spring-Summer '62, and Brazilian model Caroline Trentini at Balenciaga, Fall '06


Polish model Magdalena Frackowiak in Christian Dior sweater, Fall '05; then American model Bridget Hall on the cover of Elle magazine, March '91; and then Kate Moss at London's Upton Park football (soccer) stadium, more properly known as Boleyn Ground, May 2007
US Vogue, November 15, 1939, and British model Kate Moss, proving the timelessness of cheetah-print,
over a span of some SIX decades! <:-o
Dutch model Doutzen Kroes at a red-carpet event, June 2007, and from the March '81 issue of Italian Vogue
British superstar Victoria Beckham, 2007, and American model Bridget Hall, from a '90s fashion editorial
Dutch model Querelle Jansen at Jean-Paul Gaultier Couture, Fall '07, and Barbie Bazaar magazine, Nov-Dec '89
Russian model Natasha Poly at Balenciaga, Spring '06, and then at Ralph Lauren, Spring '08. How about THAT!
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From Jean-Paul Gaultier Men, Spring '08, and then French model Morgane Dubled at Gaultier Couture, Fall '07
"The celebrated painter Gainsborough got as much pleasure from seeing violins as from hearing them."
– Georg Lichtenberg, late-18 C German aphorist, from his collection, The Waste Books, Aphorism L-60. And here we see Polish model Magdalena Frackowiak at Viktor & Rolf, Spring '08, and then "L'Violin d'Ingres" ("Ingres' Violin") by early-20 C French photographer Man Ray, 1924, and then Harper's Bazaar, c. 1950 for the bass...

















Magdalena Frackowiak once again, this time at Hermès, Fall '07, the equestrian theme of this line is just the awesomest... And I should note that Jean-Paul Gaultier is the designer for Hermès along with his own signature collections, and the elegance and uniqueness of his designs defies both imitation and description...
American model Carolyn Murphy, and then some gals from the November 1980 issue of US Vogue




June 2000 issue of Barbie Bazaar, and then a Versace ad from 1999, featuring Brazilian model Gisele Bündchen and Estonian model Carmen Kass. Hey, you gotta admit...that's pretty good. v
Belgian model Anouck Lepère backstage at Donna Karan, Fall '02, and Anglo-Dutch film actress and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn, c. 1955, and I should note that she was actually born in Belgium--yet another connection! :D







And Ms. Hepburn was also a classically trained ballet dancer, and here I have placed that photo next to a advertisement for Christian Dior stockings by French illustrator René Gruau, 1952. That is just so damn lovely!



And from one form of dance to quite another...
Russian model Natasha Poly at Viktor & Rolf, Fall '07, and a detail from "Le Chahut" ("The Can-Can") by late-19 C French painter Georges Seurat, 1890. Compare the lights!!! And each lighting rigs was also fitted with speakers that played ambient pulsating music, creating a sort of personalized private world for each model to walk in...
Well, I suppose you can't spell "discomfort" without "disco," right? Ouch.
And here's a bit about the name: The can-can originated in France in the 1830s, and at that time, and throughout most of the 19th century in France, the dance was also known as the chahut. Both words are French, cancan meaning "tittle-tattle" or "scandal", hence a scandalous dance, while chahut meant "noise" or "uproar."
(Merci, Wikipédiaaaa!)





In "The Guide to the Pleasures of Paris" (1898), one man remarks: “Une armée de jeunes filles qui sont là pour danser ce divin chahut parisien, comme sa réputation l'exige [...] avec une élasticité lorsqu'elles lancent leur jambe en l'air qui nous laisse présager d'une souplesse morale au moins égale.” ... That is: "An army of young ladies are there to dance the divine Parisian can-can, as their reputation requires... and with such elasticity they launched their legs in the air, that we hoped their moral flexibility was much the same…" (Ahh yeah, something along those lines. Or, if I'm referring to hemlines, then I would say something beyond those hemlines. This is just too much cleverness for one caption.)
German model Luca Gadjus backstage at Cacharel, Fall 2001, and a detail from "Adrienne Lecouvreur in Cornélie" (Adrienne Lecouvreur in the role of Cornelia from Pierre Corneille’s “The Death of Pompey," written in 1642), by early-18 C French painter Charles Antoine Coypel, c. 1720










Detail from a chalk drawing entitled "Sorrow" by the great turn-of-the-19 C French painter Jacques-Louis David, 1773. -- Wow, for someone was drawn with chalk, that woman sure has a way with a brush...! XD
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
-Thomas A. Edison, late-19th C American inventor
--Hey, then again, not every opportunity looks THAT good !!! I mean...seriously.
(Brazilian model Isabeli Fontana at DSquared, Spring '06)
The title of “Generalissimo” is given to the highest ranking officers in a nation's military. According to Wikipedia, the highest number of Generalissimos (9) have come from France. While there has never been a female who has attained such a position—and I did check the list twice just to make sure—this, I imagine, is how a Generalissima would present herself to her millions upon millions of loyal and obedient followers... Very nice!
(Canadian model Jessica Stam at Jean-Paul Gaultier Haute Couture, Fall ‘07)
"The stars that shine and the stars that shrink
In the face of stagnation the water runs
Before your eyes..."

-Siouxsie Sioux, legendary British gothic songstress, "Dazzle" (1984)
(American singer Cher in Vogue, November 1, 1969, and then American model Amber Valletta, early 1990's)
Oh aren't WE fancy?
"Woman is naturally prone to extravagance."
Γυνη εστι δαπανηρον φύσει.
-Ancient Greek proverb

And here are several examples: Vogue magazine, October 15, 1961, and Chado Ralph Rucci, Fall '07 ...
Harper's Bazaar, October 1958, and then an illustration from the January 1951 issue ...

Vogue magazine, September 15, 1951, then Armani Privé Haute Couture, Spring '05, and Bill Blass, Fall '07 ...
Looks like somebody got a tan!! - Michael Kors, Fall '07 (American model Hilary Rhoda). I cannot stop looking at the pictures in this set!!! Just one of my most favorite arrangements. Feel free to scroll up and check it out again!! XD :D
Thank you
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