Lupe Velez

I was watching an episode of Frasier the other morning before work, as you do and it was one of the early ones. Roz mention a little myth about the actress Lupe Velez, i had never heard of her before, it was about how she tried to remain as beautiful as possible when she killed herself, immaculate make-up, flowers, her hair perfect but when she came to take the sleeping pills she neglected to remember the previous nights spicy food and got up to vomit in the toilet and thats where she died, her ass in the air and her head in a toilet, not the perfect ending she wanted. I was really intrigued and wanted to know more about her; turns out she was a really enigmatic character whose finals hours weren’t quite as the legend makes it out to be.

Born in 1908 in Mexico, she caught her big break in the movie Sailors, Beware! with Laurel and Hardy and quickly progressed from short silent films onto all-talking picture Tiger Rose in 1929. She was often named the IT girl of the time, alongside the likes of Clara Bow, she was named The Mexican IT girl.

She soon found her niche in comedy, playing beautiful but volatile characters in such films as The Half-Naked Truth, Palooka, Strictly Dynamite and Laughing Boy.

Vélez, who nearing 30, had not become a major star was disappointed, so she left Hollywood for Broadway, but she soon returned to take part in the comedy Stardust. However it was her personal life that most interested Hollywood.

A five-year marriage to Johnny Weissmuller and a series of romances with figures like Gary Cooper, were highly publicised. However it was her suicide that made it into the urban legends of Hollywood. Like i said above, the legend has it she was found with her head in the toilet after vomiting up the sleeping pills and drowning herself; this story was first heard from Kenneth Anger in his book “Hollywood Babylon” but was later discredited when finally, some 60 years after her death, crime scene photos were found of her death, showing that actually, the legend was a load of crap and Lupe was as beautiful as ever when she died. Sorry Kenneth and Frasier, looks like you were wrong.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupe_Vélez

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/barbara-schroeder/mexican-spitfire-mystery-_b_3332978.html

The Man in the Iron Mask

I wrote earlier that i am planning to make a 1660’s corset, well i found the film The Man in the Iron mask the other day and there is plenty of inspiration for dresses inside, not much underwear on show but the dresses are lovely.

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a nice view of the back of their dresses.

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loving the yellow and frills

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…the gold embroidery

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the lady to the left in blue, i like the detail on her dress

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far right, the detail on that gold is lovely, like a sweet wrapper lol

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i’m really liking the peach dress in the centre, everything about it is lovely.

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i like this colour alot, the detail reminds me of the tv series ‘Charles II The Power and the Passion’

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i don’t like the fabric used on her’s, yet the construction is perfect

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can never have enough view from behind, you forget thats just as important

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more perfect!!!

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don’t think the real Anne of Austria would have worn that dull of clothes, yet nice to see from this era, don’t see that much.

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nice and sombre

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with glittering jewels

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poor people……… i’m sure i would have been one of them, there costumes are mixed

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different corsets

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lady on the left looks like she has stepped out of a field from the 1560’s, lady on the right with red skirt could be 18th century

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they could be standing outside versailles shouting up at Marie Antionette

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LOVE

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LOVE LOVE

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LOVE LOVE

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I don’t know about the hooks and eyes, the other women were laced up ?!?

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her smocking on her chemise

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lush colour

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and embroidery

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John malkovich working the shirt

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16th century masked ball, yeah

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and another

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some clearly visible tights

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i like hers, the only women not in 16th century fancy dress

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some very suave elizabethan men

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loving the lady in the middle, really in to it

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some added renaissance ladies

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and more

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some nice big elizabethan ruffs

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more spanish inspiration

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some royal armour

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Movie Costumes

Been struggling to keep up with work and this blog and everything with it lately, but must try harder. I recently got rid of a LOAD of my DVDs as i had way to many, not to sad though, whenever i get a hankering for Marie Antoinette or The Duchess i have a quick glance at an awesome website called The Costumer’s Guide to Movie Costumes. It has a great collection of historical and fantasy movies that are always there for inspiration.