Monday, October 26, 2009

Vintage Paris Vogue

Paris Vogue is celebrating it's 90th year! A special outdoor exhibition featuring larger than life magazine covers are displayed along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées next to the Grand Palais in Paris. Editrix Carine Roitfeld picked 80 covers spanning 1920-2009 to highlight this fashionable milestone. This exhibit runs from Oct. 1 through Nov. 1, 2009.

I would like to thank Richard at I Prefer Paris! for granting permission to share his elegantly captured photos of this amazing display. Merci!

May 1963, Audrey Hepburn and husband Mel Ferrer

Elizabeth Taylor

May/June 1947 by Italian painter Coltellacci

May 1967, 16 year old Twiggy

Catherine Deneuve

Alfred Hitchcock

Friday, October 23, 2009

Amelia Earhart

Amelia came out today and by the looks of the trailer, it is an epic period film focusing on American pilot Amelia Earhart at the height of her fame around 1928 to her disappearance in 1937. The costumes and cinematography look fantastic. The soundtrack is supposed to feature a lot of a "clarinet bandleader" and I can only think of Artie Shaw or Benny Goodman, regardless, I am sure it will be good. Hilary Swank, Richard Gere and Ewan McGregor star.

For more information on the life and times of Amelia Earhart, visit the official website here.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Enoch Bolles

I've been really into illustrators as of late, and along side John Willie and Alberto Varga, another artist I have always been drawn to~ but never knew who he was~ is Enoch Bolles. Bolles was an American illustrator who was best known for his collaborations with Film Fun magazine. There is something so fluffy and feminine about his pinups. Although not as sharp looking as a Varga Girl image, there is a delicate haze, a water color feeling that imbues his work with a timeless glamour.

Imagine my excitement and surprise to find a whole site dedicated to his art! This is a detailed and well researched blog that showcases his history, illustrations, inspirations and much more. Please visit Enoch Bolles for information on the artist and his work!

Does anyone else love a monkey in a top hat as much as I do?

Friday, October 9, 2009

1930's King Kong at Auction

AP photo/Christie's Images Ltd. 2009, HO

From AP News:

King Kong figurine used in 1930s movie up for sale

LONDON — A tiny King Kong figurine that helped launch the career of one of cinema's biggest monsters is going up for sale, Christie's auction house said Friday.

The London auctioneer said the 22-inch (56-centimeter) skeleton was the one used in the climactic scene of the 1933 movie in which the humongous ape climbs New York's Empire State Building, clutching a blonde starlet and swatting away fighter planes.

"King Kong" wowed 1930s audiences with groundbreaking special effects that appeared to show the titular beast brawling with dinosaurs and cutting a swathe of destruction through New York City.

Much of the credit goes to Willis O'Brien, then chief technician at RKO studios, who created the monster by adding layers of cotton, rubber, liquid latex and rabbit's fur to a metal armature.

The figurines were then filmed one frame at a time, moving them ever-so-slightly between shots to give the illusion of movement.

Although several such models were used in the film, Christie's spokeswoman Jo Swetenham said this one was thought to be the largest. She added that the monster's fleshy covering has since rotted away.

The movie spawned a series of sequels and remakes, including a 1976 version starring Jeff Bridges and Peter Jackson's computer-wizardry packed "King Kong" with Jack Black, Naomi Watts and Adrien Brody.

The skeletal miniature may lack Kong's heft, but it still comes with a kingly price tag.

Christie's said it hopes to get up to 150,000 pounds (about $240,000) from the figure's sale. Fans can bid for the artifact at the auctioneer's popular culture sale on Nov. 24.

**I've always loved the original King Kong film, the story is so emotional and dramatic. Plus, I love old movie props so I am curious to see how much this goes for! I hope some collector will cherish it, or maybe display it for others to see! In this age of electronics and CGI effects, studying primitive animatronics is a lot of fun. Really, it was ahead of it's time during filming.

UPDATE 11-27-09

Kong sold for 121,000 pounds ($200,000) at a London auction Tuesday Nov. 24