Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Evolution of Beauty...

Hello bloggers!

Sorry for the lack of posts this month... Everything has been so hectic these days as Meggasus and I are both getting ready to go back to school. I leave in 3 days! Meggasus and I still have to pack, which I am dreading. This is the sad time of year when we must divide our wardrobe... and it is never fun. Our room turns into a complete warzone as we battle it out over our favorite items! ahhh!

Anyways I decided for this post it would be fun to switch things up with a little fashion history! Take a look at this photo.... Any guesses as to whom this lady may be?

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Sorry for the terrible quality... but this photo was taken in the 1800s so cut me some slack!

This is actually a photo of the first true model, Marie Vernet Worth. Marie was a Parisian shopgirl who married the designer Charles Worth who is now considered the "Father of Couture." Marie modeled his designs.

Here is a close up drawing of Marie!
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Here are some of Worth's designs...

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What I find most intersting about these photos is how they demostrate how drastically the fashion world has changed overtime. If I had seen the first photo of Marie, I would have never guessed that she was a model. Quite frankly, she looks like a plain Jane! Although the quality of the photo is terrible, it is still clear enough to be able to tell that if she time traveled and walked into IMG or Ford, they would probably turn her away the second she entered the lobby! For one thing she looks pretty short... no more than 5'4'' is my guess. By today's standards some modeling agencies won't even let you send them your photo unless you are over 5'8''!! Also, Marie looks very curvy with shapely arms... Definitely nothing like the underweight models of today!

It's funny how the ideal image of beauty can change so drastically overtime. The dresses designed by Worth are clearly made for women to show off their curvy features... Just take a look at the hips of those dresses! Talk about bootylicious! Definitely something the runway models of today are trying to avoid...

Sorry if this post was a snore...but I love history! It's one of my many nerdy traits.

xx Katie-Lu

9 comments:

Fashion Queen said...

I love fashion history. Good luck with packing.

Vintage Vixen said...

What a great post! I've learnt something new. xxx

FASHION BUTTER said...

Great post! Another school year - exciting!

Giveaway time!

Luci Ana said...

This is great, love the post!

La Feem said...

No way, this post rules and history is very important!!

ZombieLace said...

I actually loved this post! That is interesting how beauty changes, can't quite picture Marie seen in LA with Kate Moss and Lindsay Lohan...

ilsteviewonder said...

awesome post! i knew who charles was but not his wife! the first model! cool i lve history too! especially fashion history
:)

anna. said...

Thanks for the comment and hahaa I completely agree :P

btw LOVE your blog!

Anna
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Miss ED said...

Definitely not a snore, it was interesting and unexpected, I enjoyed the read :) Agreed, beauty today is faaaar from this, though I think the two can be amended...

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