This was the Lady Gaga Veronicas show in Austin. What a fabulous night! Boudoir Queen made clothing for this very Avant-garde show. You can see me on the bus with the lovely Veronica's wearing Boudoir Queen Clothing (dress corset and cuffs) I'm reminded of this event because the local news just contacted Boudoir Queen Studio's to ask about Lady Gaga's Fashion and a few other things ; ). Of course we will be at her upcoming show in Austin. Enjoy the photos some of which I've never posted before.
For the last few months I've been hinting around about my "New Look" Well today I'm happy to announce that the fabulous Alexandra Valenti will be giving us just that. She's shooting our 2011 lookbook. You may know her from the fabulous photos from The gorgeous Sisters of The Black Moon site. Here are a few of her photos and you can see her gorge website here. I've been wanting to share but things have been a little hectic in case you haven't heard. http://alexandraintheforest.com/
I thought this story was so interesting. It was only last week that I was reading about Boldini and Casati-
Missing Painting above Marthe de Florian, actress and "demimondaine" or "cocotte" whose beauty once won her the ardent favours of George Clemenceau, 72nd prime minister of France and Italian artist Giovanni Boldini (1842-1931) Flat containing $3m painting untouched for 70 years
The flat lay untouched for 70 years.
Behind the door, under a thick layer of dusk lay a treasure trove of turn-of-the-century objects including a painting by the 19th century Italian artist Giovanni Boldini.
The woman who owned the flat had left for the south of France before the Second World War and never returned.
But when she died recently aged 91, experts were tasked with drawing up an inventory of her possessions and homed in on the flat near the Trinité church in Paris between the Pigalle red light district and Opera.
Entering the untouched, cobweb-filled flat in Paris' 9th arrondissement, one expert said it was like stumbling into the castle of Sleeping Beauty, where time had stood still since 1900.
"There was a smell of old dust," said Olivier Choppin-Janvry, who made the discovery. Walking under high wooden ceilings, past an old wood stove and stone sink in the kitchen, he spotted a stuffed ostrich and a Mickey Mouse toy dating from before the war, as well as an exquisite dressing table.
But he said his heart missed a beat when he caught sight of a stunning tableau of a woman in a pink muslin evening dress.
The painting was by Boldini and the subject a beautiful Frenchwoman who turned out to be the artist's former muse and whose granddaughter it was who had left the flat uninhabited for more than half a century.
The muse was Marthe de Florian, an actress with a long list of ardent admirers, whose fervent love letters she kept wrapped neatly in ribbon and were still on the premises. Among the admirers was the 72nd prime minister of France, George Clemenceau, but also Boldini.
The expert had a hunch the painting was by Boldini, but could find no record of the painting. "No reference book dedicated to Boldini mentioned the tableau, which was never exhibited," said Marc Ottavi, the art specialist he consulted about the work.
When Mr Choppin-Janvry found a visiting card with a scribbled love note from Boldini, he knew he had struck gold. "We had the link and I was sure at that moment that it was indeed a very fine Boldini".
He finally found a reference to the work in a book by the artist's widow, which said it was painted in 1898 when Miss de Florian was 24.
The starting price for the painting was €300,000 but it rocketed as ten bidders vyed for the historic work. Finally it went under the hammer for €2.1 million ($A3 million), a world record for the artist.
"It was a magic moment. One could see that the buyer loved the painting; he paid the price of passion," said Mr Ottavi.
I worked at Golyester and I still enjoy visiting when I'm in L.A I'm making a stop very soon! Costume designers love this upscale vintage parlor, where you’ll find rare 60’s wrap dresses, Bakelite accessories and beaded cashmere from around the world, all hand-picked by owner, Esther Ginsberg. Tom Ford has been known to stop by for inspiration. Often pricey, always worth it. I actually met several interesting people there including John Malkovich.
Me-Photo By Steven Arnold 1989 L.A. Weekly Boudoir Queen Photo Taken by Steven Arnold 1989 A few days ago I received an apology about snarky remarks left on my blog. Just as I thought a certain person put this unknowing person up to it.This is part of the ongoing harassment I've had to endure over the past few years. I'm not going to post the letter. I thought it interesting she mentioned she thought my designs were clearly inspired by early Alexander McQueen Designs. I thought this would be a good blog topic and a chance to talk about my true mentor.As much as I liked Alexander McQueen I can say without a doubt he was never an inspiration for Boudoir Queen designs. Steven Arnold has always been my inspiration along with the Art Dolls. Working with Steven was the most creative period of my life thus far. I love the photos below and I even see some Gaga in his Luminouos Procuress movie. Photo below-Steven and Dali
Click on Images to enlarge-Image 1 My Grandma Alverna my Mothers Mother taken in 1932- Image 2 my beloved Grandma Virgilene Denton My fathers Mother. My father died when he was 25 in a car accident. I was 13 months old. I spent a lot of time with my Grandma Denton growing up. Photo taken in 1931 Kansas- Image 3 My Mother who has 10 brothers and sisters I think this photo was taken where she was born in New York. I hope everyone has a wonderful Mothers Day.I'm waiting for my son to call and looking forward to seeing him next month. I can't believe he will be 18 in August.
I'm really looking forward to tonight's house call. I'm so ready to get rid of my Anna Wintour looking hair style. Brandi always does an amazing job. As you can see by the photos my dear friends the Peaches are responsible for Brandi's faboo website. They are also doing all of the Fashion week write-up and art. They are so amazing and I'm lucky to have them in my life!
Boudoir Queen Designs www.theboudoirqueen.com Model Daley Hodges Photography Mark Younger-Smith Styling and Make Up Dawn Younger-Smith Chair Negrel's Antiques Austin Mantilla Peacockgrpsyvintage on Etsy shoes Gucci
The shoot was glorious today. Lot's more pictures coming tomorrow! The dress is available on Etsy with other new items take a peek. xox BQ
Mark Youger-Smith Photography Make Up styling Boudoir Queen (dawn) Model Cali Sales