Sylphide (Vera Savina) (1927). Sir Herbert James Gunn, R.A. (Scottish, 1893-1964). Oil on canvas.
Vera Clark was an English dancer who joined the Ballets Russes in 1924 under the direction of Serge Diaghilev. Vera’s name was Russianized to Vera Savina. She married the Principal and choreographer Léonide Massine in 1926 and became Principal herself in 1927. This work shows Vera dressed as the sylph from one of the oldest surviving romantic ballets, La Sylphide.
Happy Birthday Divine (October 19, 1945 – March 7, 1988)
"All my life I wanted to look like Elizabeth Taylor. Now Elizabeth Taylor looks like me".
Black satin sheath evening dress designed by Givenchy for Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) (via)
Evening Dress (Costume)
An evocative and glamorous example of the work of Paramount Studios costume designer Travis Banton, who, during the 1930s, also dressed Marlene Dietrich, Carole Lombard, and Mae West, this dress was worn by Chinese-American actress Anna May Wong. While the dress may evoke the “cheongsam”, a from-fitting traditional Chinese dress style, its construction is along the lines of high-necked form-fitting Western gowns from the Belle-Epoque period, but the dragon motif adds a distinct Asian influence, dazzling in its execution in gold and silver sequins on luxurious satin. It was designed by Banton for Wong’s role of Tu Tuan in the 1934 film “Limehouse Blues.” Wong was a pioneer for Asian-American actors and one of the few actors in general to transition from silent to talking films. (MET)
John, Jacqueline and Caroline Kennedy on the beach in Hyannis Port, 1959. Photos by Mark Shaw
Lithography by René Gruau,” Bonjour Chérie!”.