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Fashion designer Bonnie Cashin via Bonnie Cashin Foundation
The La-La Girls
As a child attending the popular theater, Cashin was enchanted by “the la-la girls . . . the lights – the music – the color.” By the time she was a teen, her heart was set on becoming a chorus girl. Cashin auditioned to join a dance troupe, but at just over five feet tall, her hopes were dashed when she faced the line of long limbs doing high kicks.
Rather than start her dance routine, she exclaimed to the managers “I can’t do that, but I can draw,” and held out her sketchbook from the stage. She was hired on the spot as their costume designer. This selection of drawings is from the childhood portfolio that helped her secure her first “dream” job.
NisN research assignment requested by August Heffner on Varvara Stepanova, Russian constructivist. She was professor of textile design at the Vkhutemas (Higher Technical Artistic Studios) while continuing typography, book design and contributing to the magazine L.E.F. —What a total knock out! There is this book, this article, and I only wish there was a show on Varvara and not just her husband, Rodchenko. Totally unfair. Thanks August for the Varvara tip!
Edwige Belmore. The coolest ever!!!!!!! Matt found her blog—short lived but full of life! Girls Like Us has a recent interview: Edwige is a jack-of-many-trades:ex-actress, ex-model, ex-singer, ex-junkie, ex-cabare-tière, Hindu devotee, flower arranger and décor stylist extraordinaire – but above all – a very glamorous lesbian and cult icon.
Now that I am on a LIC kick, better just keep on postin’. Monday evening I spent clicking page after page of stunning and remarkably fashioned African American women. In 1899 W.E.B Du Bois and Daniel A.P. Murray, an African American researcher and historian at the Library of Congress, spearheaded the planning, collection and installation of the exhibit materials, which included 500 photographs for The Paris Exposition of 1900. They wanted to show the world the gains African Americans had made since the Civil War, as well as their plight as second-class citizens. These women , all living in Georgia, were presented in an album Types of American Negroes, compiled and prepared by W.E.B. Du Bois, v. 1, no. 88. now dis bound. No names or any more description that ‘African American women, profile pose, etc’ were listed. Another vague LIC tag line, leaving us wanting more…
Too Wonderful. All to herself, Head Study or Ėtiud golovki in Russian, between 1905 and 1915. No other information was given, leaving us to imagine mysterious circumstances and stories. Everything is striking-the long red hair, pale features, dark under eye circles, pea green velvet couch with tassels, white blouse, navy skirt tailored to fit, wow wee. Found via Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii Collection (Library of Congress).
I recently discovered the online digital image collection of the Los Angeles Public Library. While it’s not as vast as the New York Public Library Digital Galley (which is a wonder) I found the California perspective refreshing. This photograph of an old Western saloon was unearthed while searching for the Mojave Desert images. Excitedly inspired by this old timey photo I carelessly mistyped ‘saloon’ as ‘salon’ into the search engine. The misspelling produced the most glamorous results! Sometimes it’s best to just type a random word into these image library search engines, curious things you’d never find otherwise pop up. See below!
My first search was for the “Mojave Desert”.
Interior view of California Saloon in Randsburg in the Mojave Desert circa 1898.
Which led to my missearch of “salon”.
Beauty salon on Sunset Boulevard.
Ng family, Pauline’s House of Beauty.
Si Fat Ng, Blue Sky Beauty Salon.
A woman having her hair done in a “natural” style at Natural Kuumba Hair Salon.
Salon at Saks-Fifth Avenue store.
A patron of the Bullock’s Westwood department store beauty shop in 1934.
Member of the “LA HAIRPORT” hair salon.
P.S. I ended up finding some excellent ‘SALOON’ photos, more to come. xo.