Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione (22 March 1837 – 28 November 1899), better known as La Castiglione, was an Italian courtesan who achieved notoriety as a mistress of Emperor Napoleon III of France.
The Countess was known for her "divine beauty" and flamboyant entrances in elaborate dress at the imperial court. One of her most infamous outfits was a "Queen of Hearts" costume. A portrait of the Countess was painted by George Frederic Watts in 1857. In 1856 she began sitting for Mayer and Pierson, the favoured photographers of the imperial court. Over the next four decades she would collaborate with Pierre-Louis Pierson on over 400 photographs in which she re-created the signature moments of her life for the camera. Most of the photographs depicted the Countess in her theatrical outfits, such as the Queen of Hearts dress. A number of photographs depicted the Countess in ways that were undoubtedly risque for the era -- notably, images that expose her bare legs or feet . In these photos, her head has been cropped out.
Virginia spent her declining years in an apartment on the Place Vendôme, where she had the rooms decorated in funereal black, the blinds kept drawn, and mirrors banished -- apparently so she would not have to confront her advancing age and loss of beauty. She would only leave the apartment at night. On November 28, 1899, she died at age sixty two, and was buried at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.
Looking back on our very first collection which consisted of Jet long necklaces ,chokers and earrings we are creating those looks again. We have made this style for many many recording artists and actresses. This necklace with the 20's scarab and all jet trimmings is exceptional. One of a kind and gorgeous. Ties at the neck.
Under Lock and Key now on Etsy 35.00 You may have noticed the fabulous Monocles used in this shoot we did in Italian Vogue The Haute Couture. We will be presenting our new monocle earrings up on our website and Etsy shortly- only 4 pairs available
I can't believe I'm just now mentioning this. Click on the link here to see several of our friends in this movie that is blowing up! You might remember our friend / Marks band mate Chris Potter who is starring in the film! Go Chris!
1st photo model Nicole styling /Make up Me- Taken at my friend Barbara Greogor's house in Hollywood Hills. Those were my clothes and we basically wore that kind of crazy out at night. Nicole below in the L.A. Woman Billy Idol Video
Previous 20 October 2011 Today marks the launch of Illamasqua's first fragrance Freak, exclusively at Selfridges. Seek inspiration from the creatures of the night with the brands scarily good scent. Above: Illlamasqua's campaign image for Freak. When Illlamasqua set their sights on converting the chilling gothic makeup branding into a scent that evokes all the senses, they were up against a challenge. Joint Managing Directors Joseph Corré and Alex Box themselves even claimed they’d much rather have something that some people like and others hate rather than something everyone thought was ok. The result however was more than a success; a unique unisex fragrance featuring black davana, opium flower, belladonna, poison hemlock, datura, queen of the night, frankincense, oud and myrrh. Step into the intoxicating world of Illamasqua's first fragrance by watching Freak’s haunting film:
Pre order your fabulous Egyptian fabulousness- I have been very busy making some really fabulous goodies. I'll list next week Shannn's big wedding is this weekend so I'll be in Austin for a few days. Stay tuned!!
Grandmother My Mothers Father My cousin has spent a lot of time putting together an extensive family tree. Can you believe he has traced it from the year 1441. The Baldwin side of my family is from Buckinghamshire England and My great great great grandfather was in the civil war. I have a photo of him on my mantle. This dates back pre-America Wow. I was born Dawn Michelle Denton born 1964 and my name was later changed to Wetteroth because my birth-father died when I was 13 months old. My mother re-married a Lawyer when I was 12 and he adopted me and changed my name. So you can find me here- very cool- I also love the last name of my grandmother which was Bloodworth and her parents Clive and Ivy. Just keep following the tree. It gets pretty complicated as my mother has 11 brother and sisters. This is just on side of my family. Needless to say even though I am an only child I have lots of family including step brothers and sisters and my son Dylan.