National types of beauty was a series of real photo cigarette cards distributed in the 1930s.
Some of the women portrayed were well-known actresses in their country, such as Anna May Wong from China, Frances Doble from Canada and Greta Nissen from Sweden.
The photographers were unidentified but the portraits would have been taken by major studios of the time.
Tellingly, no black women were represented but this may have more to do with their lack of recognition as actors in America and Europe than any deliberate exclusion on the part of the cigarette company.
3D printing is being explored in many different ways, and Dutch artist Anouk Wipprecht isn’t afraid to use the technology to push the limits of fashion.
Her latest creation is the “spider” dress, which is outfitted with six customized legs that spring out when it senses motion nearby.
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The structure itself was modeled using one of Intel’s Edison modules and is equipped with motion and respiratory sensors that link back the main processor.
If a person approaches the dress too fast, the arms spring up in a defense motion. But if a person approaches slow and smooth, the sensors will make suggestive movements to draw the prey… ahem, person closer.
Keep up to date with Anouk’s latest work on her site.
In the ABC TV series “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” costume designer Marion Boyce shares her favourite new looks for the stylish lady detective.
Based on Kerry Greenwood’s bestselling novels and set in 1920s Melbourne, the series stars Essie Davis.
Known as a stickler for historical accuracy, Boyce and her team take up to eight weeks creating costumes, designing Miss Fisher’s hats and dresses and seeking out the perfect accessories – including a pearl-handled pistol
Erwin Blumenfeld (1897 – 1969) is regarded as one of the most influential photographers of the twentieth century.
In the 1940s and 1950s he became famous for his fashion photography, working for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and also for artistic nude photography.
“Day and night I try, in my studio with its six two-thousand watt suns, balancing between the extremes of the impossible, to shake loose the real from the unreal, to give visions body, to penetrate into unknown transparencies.”