Friday, 24 June 2011


Introducing (and remembering) amazing, stylish, strong women from the past. These women deserve to be called "Femme Fatale" not because of looks, that sexy attractiveness that everyone relates to this title, but the hypnotic personality, the energy of their presence and how amazing their lives were - these women influenced fashion and still are reference for many.

Contessa di Castiglione (Countess of Castiglione)
Her name was Virginia Oldoini lived in the 19th Century, she was an Italian courtesan who achieved notoriety as mistress of Emperor Napoleon III of France. But also known for her amazing contribution in the early history of photography. 

The Countess was known for her beauty and her flamboyant entrances in elaborate dress at the imperial court. 
She took many photographs with Pierre-Louis Pierson and had a project to create 700 different photographs through out her life in her theatrical outfits.

A number of photographs depict her in poses risqué for the era, images that expose her bare legs and feet. In these photos, her head is cropped out.

Nancy Cunard

Nancy was a writer, political activist and above all heiress born into the British upper class. She rejected her family's values, devoting much of her life to fighting racism and fascism. However she became a muse to some of the 20th century's most distinguished writers and artists.

 Marchesa Casati (Marquise Casati)

Luisa, Marquesa Casati, was an eccentric Italian heiress, muse, and patroness of the arts in early 20th century Europe. She was the perfect concept of a dandy: "I want to be a living work of art".
She captivated artists such as Robert de Montesquiou, Erté, Jean Cocteau, and Cecil Beaton. Had an affair with Gabriele d'Annunzio, and famous fr her amazing eccentric style and excess.

Her is a photo shoot that Tilda Swinton did for Acne Paper incorporating the Marquise.


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