Aug 3, 2012

Just Something Fun....a penchant for Glamour...


Just as fabulous, 
and just as poignant, today 
as this must have been
when it appeared on the cover of 
the illustrious Vogue magazine in 1943,
John Rawlings' photograph is utterly timeless in its 
observation of the female desire for glamour. 
Have we changed, do you think, just a little?

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13 comments:

  1. Hello Virginia:
    Absolutely startling - and we had not seen it before!!

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    1. Well I take that as a little score, then!!! It is startling though - the perfect adjective - there's something about it which is very arresting. So surreal.

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  2. wow...what a beautiful cover!

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  3. love it! tre's glam!:-)

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  4. Hi Virginia nor me -I've never seen it before - and i LOVE it :))
    Happy weekend hope you have a fab one,
    Ax

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  5. What a beautiful, glamorous and surrealist picture. Yes, we have changed ; very few people are that impeccably coiffed and made-up these days ; is it a bad thing ?

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    1. Well that is a debatable point, I reckon! But no, we have filled our days with other things instead, so that we don't "have time" for such impeccability. And I would say that is a good thing - assuming we have filled our days with better things. That, I guess, is also a debatable point!!

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  6. Astonishing, really, considering it was made two years before WWII ended.

    What has not changed is that we are still at war and have been so more or less since that photograph was taken sixty-nine years ago. On a lighter note: do we dress as formally as formerly? Here in Atlanta, men mostly wear jackets to go to restaurants, theatre, etc., though that seems to be generation-bound - the older one is the more likely to hold to the norms of one's childhood. Amongst the younger ones, it's the women who dress with élan but are usually let down by their untucked-shirt-jeans-wearing husbands/boyfriends. So, probably what I'm saying - and I wonder why I'm so serious on a Saturday morning - is that fashion has changed to rules and if one were to begin to dress as formally as one sees on the Vogue cover that change would have its origin in the pages of WSJ or Vogue or GQ.

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  7. Sorry, that last part was a bit garbled - not enough caffeine, I fear.

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    1. No, it makes perfect sense actually - caffeine or no caffeine! And I agree, about the males/ females thing. There is nothing finer than a beautifully dressed man - why oh why don't men get that? As for change, I think too, that street wear is now influencing the magazines partially - so the circle of influence is getting a little smaller.

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  8. 1943?? It looks as though it was shot today. Thank you for sharing the surrealist Vogue cover, as I have not seen it before. It's actually quite fascinating to look at.

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  9. How delightful! Looks almost as if it could have been shot today. The forties were so stylish.

    ~ CRB x

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