Alberto Vargas

Alberto Vargas

When I think “pin up”, the first thing that comes to my mind is Alberto Vargas’ pictures. His iconic style was my definition of this look for a very long time.

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In 1940s, especially during World War II, Vargas became known for being a pin up artist. He painted using watercolours and airbrush. The works he created for Esquire magazine often served as inspirations for nose art of many WWII planes.

Alberto Vargas

Due to parting ways with Esquire and legal disputes over the use of his name, Vargas’ career dimmed in the 50s. It was in the 60s, when he began his cooperation with Playboy, that his popularity boomed. This is how the famous Vargas Girls section originated. One of his Playboy paintings was sold in a 2003 Christies auction for $71,600.

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After his wife, Anna Mae’s death in 1974, Vargas stopped creating. Her death was a great shock to him. Anna Mae was not only his model but also his manager. The publication of his autobiography in 1978 renewed the interest in his works which resulted in The Cars album cover.

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Alberto Vargas died in 1982, aged 86. Many of his works are in the Spencer Museum of Art in University of Kansas. The annual award given by Airbrush Action Magazine for achievements in airbrushing is called the Vargas Award.

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Pin-Up. Star in a Technicolor Splash of Prints.

Pin-Up. Star in a Technicolor Splash of Prints.

This beautiful photo shoot was published in Elle Canada in June 2012. Canadian model Sarah Jordan poses in typical beach pin up outfits. What attracts the attention is the manipulation of colour which sometimes makes me feel as if I was looking at a photo negative. But I must admit, the blue hair looks tempting 馃檪

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photographer: Leda & St.Jacques
stylist:聽Sara Bruneau
model: Sarah Jordan
hair and make-up:聽Paco Puertas

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perfume miniatures

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Burlesque – Audience Etiquette

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When I started this blog, I never expected that one of its most popular categories would be performance reviews. However, since I am a regular guest at burlesque shows in Warsaw and often outside of it too, I’d like to share with you some tips on audience behaviour during a burlesque performance.

1. If you like it, let them know.
Someone’s taking off a part of their clothing? You聽want聽someone to take off a part of their clothing? You see something you like? Cheer, applaud. There is nothing more disheartening than performing in front of an audience made of stone. Stamp, yell, clap, whistle! I guarantee you that performers like it! The energy from the audience gives them the energy to perform, and they, by performing in front of you, give you that energy back. There is no good show without this exchange! So don’t be shy to openly respond to something you like. There’s nothing wrong with – this is the sign of being experienced with this kind of show! Share it with your friends! Invited them to the next show!

2. Don’t be afraid.
Sometimes the performers invite people from the audience to participate in their act. It’s an honour so work with them and trust the person inviting you – you will聽never be asked to do anything you won’t be able to. Remember that your refusal tests the performer’s creativity and take into account that it may also result in a reaction from them – the performer whacking you with a cloth or splashing you with the vodka shot you didn’t want to drink 馃槈

3. Get into the style.
I fervently believe that a Special Occasion requires a Special Outfit. I know that not all of you agree, nevertheless I will try to convince you to put a little bit of an effort into preparing for an outing.
So you’re going to a burlesque show? Wouldn’t it be a nice break from everyday clothes, to dress more elegantly? Burlesque fans (myself included) often dress up for these shows in clothes they love but can’t wear on a daily basis. Most of the shows do not have a strict dress code but I guarantee that seeing people dressed fancily will only turn up the atmosphere of a hot performance. So please – ladies, dust off your corsets, stockings and fascinators. Gentlemen, wear nice shoes and a jacket (I dare not dream of a bow tie). Cocktail style is your friend!

4. Souvenirs from the show.
In most cases there is an element of striptease in burlesque. Performers often shed pieces of their clothing by throwing it into the audience. This doesn’t mean these are gifts – if someone (usually a stage kitten, the person who is in charge of collecting costumes and preparing the stage for acts) asks you to return the gloves or stockings that you caught, give them back. Costumes are expensive. Buying or making a new one for each show is expensive and unprofitable. But, for instance, if a performer’s boa loses a feather, you are welcome to keep it as a souvenir 馃檪

5. Photographs.
If it’s not clearly stated (it might be!), most performance artists have nothing against taking pictures from the show. The bon ton is to take pictures without the flash so as to not blind the performers in a critical moment (they’d certainly want to avoid that).

6. What not to do?
Regardless of the amount of alcohol consumes, shouting stuff like “Show your tits” is absolutely out of place. Actually, this kind of shouting is always out of place. The same applies to criticizing the show loudly and attempting to grab any part of the performer’s body – unless they clearly give consent. Basically, a controlled consumption is recommended so that you don’t think you are more interesting than what’s happening on stage 馃槈
And beyond that? Don’t sit in the last row. The first has a much better view. Turn off the sound on your phone, too. You’ll be too busy to pick it up anyway.

Credits:

Many thanks to Betty Q for helping me write this post!

Title graphic uses the “Red Stage Curtain” image by Sethoscope, released under BY-NC-SA license.

The Vanities Girls

Vanities Girls

Since January 1994 American magazine Vanity Fair dedicated a section called聽Vanities聽to young, aspiring actresses and actors. A picture on the first page of this part of the magazine was like a second cover. In September 2006 they decided to spice up this column and the actresses presented in it were shown in 50s pin up stylized pictures. Here are some of my favourite shots:

Isla Fisher November 2006

Isla Fisher – November 2006 (photo: Michael Elins)

2. Mary Elizabeth Winstead December 2006

Mary Elizabeth Winstead – December 2006 (photo: Michael Elins)

4. Alice Braga January 2007

Alice Braga – January 2007 (photo: Michael Elins)

4. Hayden Pennettiere February 2007

Hayden Pannetiere – February 2007 (photo: James White)

5. Emily Blunt March 2007

Emily Blunt – March 2007 (photo: James White)

6. Kristen Stewart April 2007

Kristen Stewart – April 2007 (photo: James White)

7. Rachael Taylor May 2007

Rachael Taylor – May 2007 (photo: Michael Elins)

8. Leslie Mann June 2007

Leslie Mann – June 2007 (photo: Michael Elins)

9. Jess Weixler August 2007

Jess Weixler – August 2007 (photo:聽Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele)

10. Alexa Davalos September 2007

Alexa Davalos – September 2007 (photo:聽Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele)

11. Alice Eve October 2007

Alice Eve – October 2007 (photo: James White)

12. Lymari Nadal November 2007

Lymari Nadal – November 2007 (photo: Michael Elins)

13. Giovanna Mezzogiorno December 2007

Giovanna Mezzogiorno – December 2007 (photo:聽Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele)

14. Jurnee Smollett January 2008

Jurnee Smollett – January 2008 (photo: Matthew Rolston)

15. Malin Akerman February 2008

Malin Akerman – February 2008 (photo: Matthew Rolston)

16. Carice Van Houten March 2008

Carice Van Houten – March 2008 (photo: Wayne Maser)

17. Summer Glau April 2008

Summer Glau – April 2008 (photo: Mark Seliger)

18. Kristen Bell May 2008

Kristen Bell – May 2008 (photo: Mark Seliger)

19. Meagan Good June 2008 Meagan Good – June 2008 (photo: Patrick Demarchelier)

20. Amanda Seyfried July 2008

Amanda Seyfried – July 2008 (photo: Mark Seliger)

21. Carla Gugino September 2008

Carla Gugino – September 2008 (photo: Matthew Rolston)

22. Mila Kunis October 2008

Mila Kunis – October 2008 (photo: Matthew Rolston)

23. Teresa Palmer December 2008

Teresa Palmer – December 2008 (photo: Jason Bell)

24. Vinessa Shaw February 2009

Vinessa Show – February 2009 (photo: Matthew Rolston)

25. Freida Pinto March 2009

Freida Pinto – March 2009 (photo: Micaela Rossato)

All pictures from
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Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein to obok Andy’ego Warhola najwa偶niejszy przedstawiciel nurtu pop art. Jego grafiki s膮 rozpoznawalne na pierwszy rzut oka. Najbardziej charakterystycznymi cechami jego stylu s膮 inspiracje komiksem, parodia i poczucie humoru.

Lichtenstein urodzi艂 si臋 w 1923 roku w Nowym Jorku. Sztuka by艂a jego hobby od wczesnych lat szkolnych. Jako nastolatek by艂 ogromnym fanem jazzu i jego pierwsze prace by艂y portretami muzyk贸w. W 1939 roku uczestniczy艂 w wakacyjnych kursach w Arts Student League of New York, a nast臋pnie rozpocz膮艂 studia na Ohio State University. Po trzyletniej przerwie na s艂u偶b臋 w wojsku uda艂o mu si臋 sko艅czy膰 studia z tytu艂em magistra w 1949 roku. Lichtenstein zosta艂 na uczelni jako nauczyciel rysunku. Pe艂ni艂 t臋 rol臋 z przerwami przez 10 lat.

Pocz膮tkowo, w latach 50, Roy Lichtenstein malowa艂 w stylu abstrakcyjnego ekspresjonizmu. Nie zajmowa艂 si臋 te偶 malarstwem “na ca艂y etat” – pracowa艂 jako m. in. jako kre艣larz czy dekorator. Dopiero na pocz膮tku lat 60 zainteresowa艂 si臋 pop artem i odni贸s艂 sukces na tyle wielki, 偶e m贸g艂 zaj膮膰 si臋 tylko sztuk膮.

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“Look Mickey” (1961), wzorowane na ilustracji z komiksu autorstwa Boba Granta i Boba Tottena:聽

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“Look Mickey” by艂o prac膮, kt贸ra rozpocz臋艂a okres “pop-artowy” w tw贸rczo艣ci Lichtensteina. W tym samym roku stworzy艂 on jeszcze sze艣膰 obraz贸w pokazuj膮cych postacie znane z komiks贸w czy reklam. Jego pierwsza solowa wystawa obraz贸w w tej stylistyce mia艂a miejsce w galerii Castelli w 1962 i ca艂a przedstawiana tam kolekcja zosta艂a wykupiona jeszcze przed otwarciem przez bardzo wp艂ywowych kolekcjoner贸w sztuki.

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“Drowning Girl” (1963)

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“Whaam!” (1963), adaptacja panelu z komiksu “All-American Men of War” to bodaj najs艂ynniejsza praca Lichtensteina.

Inne jego prace:

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“Pistol” (1964)

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“We Rose Up Slowly” (1964)

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“Reverie” (1965)

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“This Must Be The Place” (1965)

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“Aspen Winter Jazz” (1967)

 


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“Modern Art Poster” (1967)

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“Still Life with Goldfish” (1972)

Lichtenstein eksperymentowa艂 tak偶e z adaptacjami obraz贸w malarzy takich jak Van Gogh, Cezanne czy Picasso, oraz drukiem sitowym i rze藕b膮. By艂 aktywny artystycznie a偶 do 艣mierci w 1997 roku.

Jego obraz “Woman with Flowered Hat” zosta艂 niedawno zlicytowany. Laurence Graff, brytyjski jubiler, zakupi艂 go za niebagateln膮 cen臋 56,1 mln dolar贸w.

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Lots of inspiration from a new book

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Lots of bracelets

(cupcake:聽Lemon Lovely, star & clover:聽Lilou, red cat’s eye:聽Bijou Brigitte)

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A cupcake handbag from a very cool lady

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Red nails

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Lillies of the valley!

The Kiss of the West

The Kiss of the West

Actress Amber Heard stars in a photo shoot advertising Guess 2011 fall collection. There is a “Marilyn Monroe in the Wild West” feel, a sex bomb flirting with cowboys. Photos taken by my favourite, Ellen Von Unwerth.

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Women in Music

ELLE-WIM-May-Rita-Ora-subcover-1 The May edition of American Elle pays homage to female musicians. The magazine lists stars such as Adele, Alicia Keys (they both have their own covers), P!nk, Rita Ora, Miranda Lambert, Grimes, Haim and Taylor Swift. The amazing photo shoot with Rita Ora caught my eye. I previously associated her with a colourful street style, sometimes flirting with rockabilly. In this shoot, it's all about glamour with a modern, funny flair - but still glamour and couture. The pink Chanel dress blew me away and the bold cover with the hat a la Mickey Mouse's ears by Philip Treacy is just masterful.  Majowy numer ameryka艅skiej edycji czasopisma ELLE sk艂ada ho艂d kobietom-muzykom. Magazyn wymienia takie gwiazdy jak Adele, Alicia Keys (obie r贸wnie偶 maj膮 swoje ok艂adki), P!nk, Rita Ora, Miranda Lambert, Grimes, Haim i Taylor Swift. W oko wpad艂a mi niesamowita sesja zdj臋ciowa z udzia艂em Rity. Wcze艣niej kojarzy艂am j膮 raczej z kolorowym stylem ulicznym, czasami zahaczaj膮cym o rockabilly. W tej sesji postawiono na glamour z nowoczesnym, zabawnym zaci臋ciem - ale nadal glamour i krawiectwo najwy偶szej klasy. Stylizacja z r贸偶ow膮 sukni膮 Chanel mnie kompletnie zachwyci艂a, a odwa偶na ok艂adka z kapeluszem a la uszy Myszki Miki Philipa Treacy'ego to po prostu mistrzostwo.  Women in MusicWomen in MusicWomen in MusicWomen in MusicWomen in Music  Photos: Thomas Whiteside Styling: Joe Zee Labels: Chanel, Dior Haute Couture, Valentino Haute Couture, Calvin Klein, Philip Treacy.

The May edition of American Elle pays homage to female musicians. The magazine lists stars such as Adele, Alicia Keys (they both have their own covers), P!nk, Rita Ora, Miranda Lambert, Grimes, Haim and Taylor Swift. The amazing photo shoot with Rita Ora caught my eye. I previously associated her with a colourful street style, sometimes flirting with rockabilly. In this shoot, it’s all about glamour with a modern, funny flair – but still glamour and couture. The pink Chanel dress blew me away and the bold cover with the hat a la Mickey Mouse’s ears by Philip Treacy is just masterful.

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Photos: Thomas Whiteside
Styling: Joe Zee
Labels:聽Chanel, Dior Haute Couture, Valentino Haute Couture, Calvin Klein, Philip Treacy.

Pin-Up Story

Pin-Up Story

“Pin-up Story” editorial appeared in the French edition of Grazia in February 2013. I must say I was absolutely captivated by the cardboard accessories and a slightly comic-like atmosphere of the photo shoot. My favourite shot has got to be the one with the dinosaur and the one with a giant drink.

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model: Jenny Knoch
photos:聽Marc Philbert
styling: Stephanie Brissay
hair:聽Marc Orsatelli
make-up:聽Carole Lasnier
manicure:聽Kamel