Thursday, 30 September 2010

Runway Paris Fashion Week, 29 September 2010...

PARIS - SEPTEMBER 29: A model walks the runway during the Rochas Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2011 show during Paris Fashion Week at Gymnase Japy on September 29, 2010 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julien M. Hekimian/Getty Images)





This curious outfit is from the Rochas Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2011 collection at the Paris Fashion Show this week.  I believe it is underwear.  Wouldn't it just make great swimwear too, harking back to the 1950's? Isn't that a swimming hat?
circa 1955:  Three women in bathing suits sunbathe against a wall on a beach, early 1950s.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)


American actress Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) wearing a polka dot bikini, circa 1951. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Friday, 24 September 2010

1980's Monet gold-plated necklace...

Hi, I've been lucky enough to acquire this superb Monet gold-plated necklace with a stunning orange glass cabochon for my website www.arabellabianco.co.uk.  This exact necklace, made in the 1980's, is featured in the DK Collector's Guide 'Costume Jewellery' by Judith Miller.  A gorgeous book with colour photographs, which would make a wonderful (dare I say it) Christmas present for anyone interested in the fascinating world of costume jewellery.

Monet was founded in 1929 in Providence, Rhode Island, and became one of the leading names in costume jewellery design during the 1940's.

In the 1980's Monet produced jewellery for Yves Saint Laurent, and is still a successful company today.

Costume Jewellery (DK Collector's Guides)  Buy from Amazon UK

Costume Jewelry (DK Collector's Guides)  Buy from Amazon USA

Monday, 20 September 2010

More about Josephine Baker...

March 1951: American-born cabaret singer Josephine Baker (1906 - 1975) applies makeup with a powder puff in her dressing room before a performance at the Strand Theatre. A Western Union telegram from jazz singer Sophie Tucker is attached to the mirror. Baker has her hair pulled back into a fall and wears an evening dress, matching long satin gloves and a jeweled choker. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
It's hard to believe that Josephine Baker was nearly 45 in this photo taken in 1951.  Do take a closer look at her gorgeous dress with matching gloves and stunning jewellery.

Chatting to my French friend Valerie yesterday she explained how she was taught about Josephine Baker as part of French history.

As Josephine was born in America, is her life also taught in American history?  Answers please!??

Before Madonna. Before Marilyn. There was Josephine.   This is the Emmy Award winning biography of Josephine Baker on DVD made in 1991:

Josephine Baker Story [DVD] [1991] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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The Josephine Baker Story  Buy from Amazon USA

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Josephine Baker, Book Review

Photo by Rudolf Suroch of Josephine Baker. Hav...Image via Wikipedia
Born in 1906 into the poverty of St. Louis, Josephine Baker was a remarkable woman and entertainer.  I have just finished reading 'The Josephine Baker Story' by Ean Wood which chronicles her incredible life.

She began her singing and dancing cabaret shows in America, but moved to Paris after experiencing racial intolerance.  There she starred in the Folies Bergeres, and also toured extensively.

During World War II she worked as an undercover agent and was awarded the Legion d'Honneur, the highest decoration in France.

Always a leader for civil rights, she adopted twelve children of all colours and creeds, her 'rainbow' children.

Late in life she experienced financial difficulties, and was evicted from her french chateau, but then rescued by Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco.

She died in 1975 after having become famous again, performing at such venues as the London Palladium and Carnegie Hall.

A legend in her own time.
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The Josephine Baker Story  Buy from Amazon UK

The Josephine Baker Story  Buy from Amazon USA

Friday, 10 September 2010

Nine Years since 9/11 Ground Zero...

NEW YORK - MAY 29:  A wreath laid by HRH Princ...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
Tomorrow it will have been nine years since the 9/11 destruction of the World Trade Centre.  There will be a documentary about the 9/11 State of Emergency showing on Saturday at 9pm on Channel 4.  I won't be watching, it's just too harrowing.

Life is Precious.  
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Thursday, 9 September 2010

Saturday Night at the Movies ... film reviews

Hitchcock-PDImage via Wikipedia
Hello everyone.  The school summer holidays were coming to an end, so I thought it would be great to watch a couple of DVD's.  We got in the snacks and drinks, let the films begin!

First up was Duel, one of my all time favourites, made in 1971 and directed by a 20-year-old Steven Spielberg.  He was allocated 10 days to make the film, but ran over time and actually finished in 13 days!  It was shot on the highways in California.

The storyline for this road movie is basically a truck chasing a car.  Dennis Weaver plays the salesman being chased (he did most of his own stunts), the film is full of suspense and absolutely gripping.

Second up was The Birds directed by Alfred Hitchcock.  Another of my favourites 'birds don't just go around attacking people, do they?'.  A real classic horror film made in 1963. 

Spoil alert!  My children didn't enjoy The Birds much, I guess their tastes are just too sophisticated these days 'the birds aren't really there, they've been superimposed'.  Still they found it good for a laugh (I don't think Alfred 'Hitch' Hitchcock would've been too impressed!).  I think I'll try Hitchcock's Psycho next time...

Duel (Special Edition) [DVD] [1972]  Buy from Amazon UK
The Birds [DVD] [1963]  Buy from Amazon UK

Duel (Collector's Edition)  Buy from Amazon USA
The Birds (Collector's Edition)  Buy from Amazon USA
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Sunday, 5 September 2010

New Season for Me, Back to School for Them...

Vintage Christian Dior Crystal Earrings
My 'children' (2 teenagers and a 12 year old) have gone back to school, and the new retail season started for me yesterday, and what a successful morning it was!

The event was the RNLI Coffee Morning in Beckenham.  Customers were perfect and the weather was perfect.  Jewellery was very popular, and amongst the items I sold was a gorgeous vintage 1950's facetted french jet necklace and a pair of handmade silver and rose quartz earrings.  Coffee and cakes were served, a most enjoyable day.

I also trade 24/7 through my website, http://www.arabellabianco.co.uk/.
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