Another Italian beauty worthy of Luisa's fascination was Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione (22 March 1837 – 28 November 1899), better known as La Castiglione, was born to an aristocratic family from La Spezia. She was a 19th-century Italian aristocrat who achieved notoriety as a mistress of Emperor Napoleon III of France. She was also a significant figure in the early history of photography. In 1856 she began sitting for Mayer and Pierson, photographers favored by the imperial court. Over the next four decades she directed Pierre-Louis Pierson to help her create 700 different photographs in which she re-created the signature moments of her life for the camera. She spent a large part of her personal fortune and even went into debt to execute this project. Most of the photographs depict the Countess in her theatrical outfits, such as the Queen of Hearts dress. A number of photographs depict her in poses risqué for the era—notably, images that expose her bare legs and feet. In these photos, her head is cropped out. Virginia spent her declining years in an apartment in 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.(balding,obese and loss of teeth) She would only leave the apartment at night. In the 1890s she began a brief collaboration with Pierson again, though her later photographs clearly show her loss of any critical judgement, possible due to her growing mental instability. She wished to set up an exhibit of her photographs at the Exposition Universelle (1900), though this did not happen. On November 28, 1899, she died at age sixty-two, and was buried at the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. On a side note I do believe that Casati owned something of Castiglione's that she cherished -
This maybe Lola Zaza because Nuit Ma Ahathoor Hecate Sappho Jezebel Lilith died at the age of 2. Interesting though and a great photoAleister Crowley had a daughter named Nuit Ma Ahathoor Hecate Sappho Jezebel Lilith, who unfortunately died when she was two years old. And you thought Uma Thurman gave her daughter a lot of names? Nuit (pronounced "NOO-it" or "NOOT") is the Ancient Egyptian goddess of the heavens. Her name can also be written as Nut, Nwt, Neuth, or Newet, but they all mean the same thing: "sky." She is a very old goddess. Originally she was only the goddess of the night sky, but gradually she came to represent the sky in general. Nuit also protects people in the afterlife. Her many titles include "Coverer of the Sky," "Mistress of All," "She Who Protects," and "She Who Holds a Thousand Souls." Nuit is the daughter of Shu, the god of air, and Tefnut, the goddess of moisture. Her brother, who also became her husband, was named Geb. Geb and Nuit are a bit of an anomaly of mythology. Usually it's the male deity representing the sky while the female represents the earth. This is one of the few times in which it is the other way around. Most of the time, Nuit is depicted as a star-covered nude woman arching over Geb, the earth. It is believed that her hands and feet touch the four cardinal directions. She is also sometimes shown as a giant cow. She had at least four children: Isis, Osiris, Set, and Nephtys. In some variations of the mythology she is also the mother of Horus, but in most cases Horus is her grandson. The inside of tombs were often painted a deep blue with lots of stars to represent her, and her image was painted inside the sarcophagus. The story as to how she gave birth to her children is an interesting one. Ra, the sun god, was paranoid over others stealing his throne. So when it became known that Nuit was pregnant, he became furious and decreed that Nuit was not allowed to give birth on any day of the year. At this time there were only 360 days in a year. Nuit hatched a plan with Thoth, the god of wisdom. Thoth played gambling games with Khonshu, the god of the moon, and every time Khonshu lost he gave Thoth some moonlight. Eventually Thoth had enough moonlight to make five extra days. Since these were technically not a part of the year, Nuit could have her children. When Ra found out, he separated Nuit from Geb for all eternity, but she never regretted her actions. The reason Aleister Crowley gave this name to his child is because Nuit is an important goddess to the religion he founded, Thelema. Basically she represents the All, or the universe. Crowley's second daughter, in case you were curious, was named Lola Zaza. Pretty tame by comparison. Nuit has never been a common name in the United States. It's interesting to note that Nuit is also French for "night." Some sources will claim that the name of the goddess is the origin for the English word Night, but I highly doubt that.
One of my all time favorite artists Frida Kahlo > Quotes “I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it's true I'm here, and I'm just as strange as you.” ― Frida Kahlo “I drank to drown my sorrows, but the damned things learned how to swim.” ― Frida Kahlo “Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?” ― Frida Kahlo “I hope the exit is joyful and i hope never to return.” ― Frida Kahlo “I don't paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.” ― Frida Kahlo
The top photo was taken by Mark Younger-Smith as a homage to my friend Steven Arnold. The bottom photo is an image of me taken by Steven. We did a series with the mirrors which were mine. This is highly unusual as we always used his props at the studio. I've saved them all these years. I adore the photo. The image of me is a nude. It's been in a museum in Berlin. Someday I'll post the entire picture which I have hanging above the fire place in my bedroom. I have a very small one signed by Steven and it's called "Dawn of a new era" which he wrote on the back.
Patches were the 18th century equivalent of beauty marks and were traditionally little pieces of gummed black silk taffeta, velvet and sometimes even leather or paper used to draw attention to a particular facial feature, and flatter the complexion. They were originally used to cover up smallpox scars in the 17th century and over time developed into many shapes including round, square, heart, star, crescent moon, and even reportedly a coach and horses - my mind boggles as to just where that one was placed on the face. I suspect the forehead is the only place large enough but that seems ludicrous. About as ludicrous as mouse skin eyebrows. Ok there are aspects of the 18th century that don't appeal. These "Court plasters" as they became known, were given different titles depending on where they were placed on the face or bosom. Renowned for her exacting research, novelist Georgette Heyer, refers in her novel "The Convenient Marriage" to a small square of black taffeta near the eye as the "murderous" and mentions another named the "roguish". In England and France patches were known as 'mouches' (flies) or mushka in Russia. the following information at www.cleopatrasboudoir.com. "The usage of the mouches was already known to the 17th century, and was the object of a well precise language, much like the language of fans or flowers, it is at the 18th century that they will become the symbols of the costume. Women used their beauty patches to convey a secret message. Madame Du Barry, a courtesan of Louis XV, apparently defined the meaning of the placement as so: They carried all of the names: Close to the eye, she names herself provocative or fascinated. On the corner mouth, this is the lover and kissable. Above the lip, she is flirty. Under the lip, she becomes mischievous or flirty. On the nose, sassy, impudent or strapping. On the forehead, the majestic or haughty On the cheek, this is the gallant or flirty one. On a wrinkle or laugh line, she is cheerful and playful On the chest, this is the generous one. On a button, the receiver. Or well on the chin, would not at all this be the discreet one? By the mid 1800s, patches began to lose favor, they were no longer worn, but their boxes were still being produced. More recently, several companies revived this old fashioned beauty secret. Places like Caswell Massey and Sephora carried them. About a dozen black silk cut outs that you lick & and apply to your skin. Little figurals included spades, stars, crescent moons, hearts, and even tiny flies, a nod to mouche. You can get beauty patches from www.seasidesisters.co.uk."
A lot of the photos don't come up but this is a glimpse of my 2001 website- Going back in time!
CLICK ON THE LINK TO TIME TRAVEL http://web.archive.org/web/20061012170553/http://www.boudoirqueen.com/home.htm
Update on this mornings 7:30 post yes the computer did shut down as I was publishing. I just escaped 3 hours of bedroom boredom/hell but my computer is unstoppable now.- -------So I'm up early going thru my French 20's magazine collection. I'm trapped in my robe back in the boudoir room. The cable guy has been here since 7:00 right outside my door. The house is huge an of course he has to be in my part of the house ; ( . We're getting a new cable system and boxes. I know boring right? Almost as boring as people on social media talking about what they stuff their face with every 20 minutes. If I see one more food or recipe I don't know what....boring. To add to this topic Mark woke up with a cold yes the "illness subject' is also boring....the constant online complainer of minor aches and pains. Poor Mark he never gets sick and he's working all night and we have plans tomorrow. Hope he gets better or it will get "boring" for sure! Of course now I feel sick.......cause thats how I roll. ever the #Hypochondriac On a good note I should be able to leave this room soon and we are designing today. Things are coming along nicely. Oh and the word "boring" is "boring" So lets get back to fashion,fantasy and beauty!