japonisme: vamp

21 June 2007


"in 1919... models had their faces made-up in a new style that recalled japanese prints:

white powder, black kohl and mascara, thinly drawn eyebrows and heart-shaped deep-red mouths."1

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Blogger Clandestina said...

That's right, models of 1900... looks like some Japan Geishas style

22 June, 2007 04:56  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

very cool observation--i had never made the connection till i read that yesterday!

22 June, 2007 18:55  
Blogger harlequinpan said...

i did not fully understand the word "Vamp" in the definition of Western culture, so i do not agree that it is tantamount to the Japanese Geisha, As the true spirit of "Geisha" is not the most Westerners can fully understand.

24 June, 2007 03:12  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

oh no--i certainly did not mean tht to apply to geisha, or any japanese woman. it was the name of the stylke of the western women who borrowed elements of the makeup from japan.

at least that's how i understand it.

and you're right--geisha is widely misunderstood in the west. but we're trying.

24 June, 2007 03:41  

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