Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Marquis of Kensington

One of this Dowager's favorites! He also covered The Duke of Burlington. Want more? Have a listen to "Flash" at this fantastic blog.

The Return of Charles Boyer!

Merci, MJ.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Monday, May 25, 2009

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Francois de Paris

Getting a manicure while drying hair at Francois de Paris, a hairdresser on Eighth Street, NY. Sept, 1942.
Collins, Marjory, 1912-1985, photographer.

From the Library of Congress' FSA/OWI collection, now on Flickr for your enjoyment!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Precision Hairstyles

I just got a great hairstyling manual from the mid 1960s. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Beauty Queen

Look, kids, I'm in ElleGirl Korea's June Issue!

There's something really fun about seeing Mr. Ray and the Princess' book title, doncha think?

A friend kindly translated - as best she could and makes her apologies - so here goes:

1. Donna Lethal has been inspired through her aunt who was a hairdresser in the 1970's; to get interested in vintage hairstyles as well as actresses in those days.

2. She collects actress' pictures, dolls and anything beauty that was advertised during those times. I also have a scrapbook filled with beauty articles and my favorites are the Before & After articles.

3. It's hard to pick a favorite but she loves her Jayne Mansfield doll and Mr. Rays Golden Styles book. His books aren't filled with simple beauty tips but rather he speaks the truth... Also, I can't leave out Luciana Pignatelli's book "The Beautiful People's Beauty Book."

4. Like a vintage beauty, she has a unique loveliness about her.

5. I want all of Mr. Ray's beauty books. I have let all the vintage book stores know that I am looking for them! I am always looking for my muse. I also wish to have a conversation about beauty with that actress.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Mr. Ray video!

We do know that Mr. Ray videos exist, because a fellow Mr. Ray fan told me she owned one back in the 80s (sadly, she no longer does.) I just came across this fan-made "Cut, Blow & Go" in four parts! I can't believe someone took the time to make this, but I thank my can of Ellnet that they did. Mr. Ray fans unite!

The saint who posted this video wrote to my dear friend Gene with the following important Mr. Ray info. We thank him for his diligence!

".....Mr. Ray started out in Warrior, Alabama in the mid to late 1950sas best as I can piece together. This is north of Birmingham. I think that he later went on to work out of Birmingham. He had at least one child, a daughter. She is prominently displayed in many of his publications and is likely to be in her early to mid-fifties now. One of my on-line friends told me that Mr. Ray later moved to Oklahoma City and set up a beauty supply distributorship in that region. I was able to find a website, but was not able to determine if this business was owned by the legendary Mr. Ray. I do not know if his first or last name was Ray and I do not know if he is still on this side of the grass. "


Speaking of Permathene-12 ...

See more from the duly fab On Beauty gallery at Square America.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Pass the Ann-Margret, please!

Glamour a Gogo!

My darling friend Sarah has finally started blogging, which is fantastic, because we can now share in her fab photo collection. Enjoy - I know you will. Glamour-a-go-go!

A celebration of the Swinging Sixties, vintage glamour, fabulous fashion, and all things kitsch and camp!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Friday, May 08, 2009

Thursday, May 07, 2009

The Snobs!

A band after my own dowager heart!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Maxime de la Falaise, R.I.P.

I can't put it any better than her NYT Obit, so I'll just post my favorite part:

Maxine’s father, Sir Oswald Birley, was an eminent portrait painter whose subjects included Sir Winston Churchill, Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family. Her mother, Rhoda, an Irish beauty, was considered an eccentric even by the elastic standards of the British Isles. Lady Rhoda often made lobster thermidor, for instance, and then fed it to her roses.

“She would make fish stew and sometimes would forget that she was making it for the garden,” Ms. de la Falaise told The Independent in 2004. “So she would add a bit of cognac, some garlic and spices. The roses would almost cry out with pleasure.”

Ms. de la Falaise’s first marriage, in the 1940s, was to Alain de la Falaise, a French count. During those years, she worked as a model for Ms. Schiaparelli and afterward created clothing for the French ready-to-wear designer GĂ©rard Pipart.

Later settling in New York, Ms. de la Falaise was a food editor at Vogue magazine. A friend of Mr. Warhol’s, she appeared in “Andy Warhol’s Dracula” (1974), an underground film he helped produce, and often cooked lavish meals for him and his retinue. (Ms. de la Falaise helped design the menu for the Andy-Mat, Mr. Warhol’s unrealized plan for an avant-garde automat.)

See the Telegraph's fantastic obit here.