Simone De Beauvoir
Simone De Beauvoir is a writer, philosopher, and activist who fought for equality of women and men. She ignored stereotypical fashion. Simone wore shabby clothes and comfortable shoes without heels. At that time, it became an object of ridicule. The braids placed around her head, which she often hid under a turban, and an accentuating waist strap or belt for dresses were her distinctive features. Also, Simone liked to dress in necklaces, espadrilles, and coats with fur collars. Thus, such simple things acquired a deep meaning.
Marchesa Luisa Casati
Luisa Casati has never worked anywhere. This did not prevent her from inspiring artists, fashion designers, and poets of her time. Her wealth allowed her to have crazy feasts where shocking things happened. Marchesa ordered wax figures of deceased lovers, painted with gold paint her servants, walked on leopards, and even kissed snakes. She loved to surprise the audience. One day, during another party, two black men carried Luisa, she was naked, smeared with blood, and frightening pythons crawled across her body. Also, Marchesa appeared in front of the public in extravagant outfits. The society saw her wearing the look of Harlequin, an animal handler, a Persian princess, and Cleopatra. Such antics of Luisa amused, surprised and even frightened, but were not indifferent.
Elsa Schiaparelli created fashionable clothes long before it was appreciated, and started mass wear. She influenced fashion history, but never was so famous as Coco Chanel and Christian Dior. We still use her designs today, but we don’t even know about it. Elsa Schiaparelli’s ideas are in every modern wardrobe. Together with Salvador Dali, they created a legendary dress with the image of lobster and a popular fragrance with the name “Shocking”. This scent was produced in a pink bottle. Later, Elsa invented a perfume in the form of a candlestick, and a perfume made in the shape of a smoking tube, which is popular still now.
The married life of the Spanish artist and his Russian wife was bright, vivid, and scandalous. People thought she was greedy, cunning, and clever. But Salvador called her “goddess” and worshiped more than anything in the world. She was his inspiration. The artist painted her portraits in various styles and techniques. These pictures show the sense of style that the refined fashionista Gala Dali had.
Alla Nazimova changed names, cities, lovers, and mistresses. She was a trendsetter and a heroine of scandals. The actress got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was a friend for many celebrities. Her made-up name, biblical appearance, luxurious life, passion, and talent were the key attributes of her life. It was Alla Nazimova, who created and promoted what is now called the “old Hollywood” style.