LINDA EVANGELISTA: SUPERMODEL SUPREME

Written by  on August 26, 2013

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Linda Evangelista is one of the  world’s top models and has enjoyed a rich longevity in her chosen career; she was one of the original ‘Supermodels’ who came to prominence in the late 1980’s.The daughter of Italian parents who emigrated to Canada, Linda is often referred to as “The Chameleon” within the fashion industry due to her frequently changing hair colour/style and a innate ability to reinvent/transform herself/look in front of the camera. She will probably be best remembered by the general public as the Supermodel who made the infamous quote : ” “We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day.” back at the birth of the Supermodel cult.She is the longtime muse of photographer Steven Meisel and holds the record for her multiple appearances on the cover of ‘Vogue Italia”, all of which were photographed by him.Enjoy this fabulous selection from Linda’s extensive portfolio, which I believe shows her at her very best!

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House Of Retro/Gary Alston makes no claim to the ownership of images shown on thispage; copyright remains with the respective owner(s).

PULP-FATALE!

Written by  on August 26, 2013

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The notorious ‘Femme Fatale’ has long been a mainstay of the ‘pulp’ genre and has provided a rich and erotic source of inspiration for countless generations of  artists.Here is  a small selection from pulp’s heyday and some of the finest illustrators of the late 20th century who worked in this field…

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House Of Retro/Gary Alston makes no claim to the ownership of images shown on thispage; copyright remains with the respective owner(s).

JACQUES KAPRALIK – MOVIE CARICATURIST EXTRAORDINAIRE

Written by  on August 25, 2013

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Romanian-born Jacques Kapralik  (October 29th 1906 – November 28th 1960) was one of the great 20th century caricaturists, who is best remembered for his work with the major Hollywood movie studios in their 1930-50’s heyday, including MGM,  Paramount and 20th Century Fox.His speciality and artistry was pretty unique ; he essentially created collages made from a variety of materials including wool, plastic, cloth and printed  paper  (amongst others) which depicted various Hollywood movies and movie stars of the day and which ultimately served as advertisements for the movies/studios.Kapralik began by designing miniature models of the film stars, which were then photographed against various backdrops to produce a three-dimensional effect .The resulting photographs were colourful, quirky and charismatic though curiously they were only seen professionally within the film industry (where Kapralik was considered a ‘genius’)  and were not displayed for public consumption.Kapralik’s colourful and quirky work is imbued with great humour (as one would expect) and rooted in a craft-focused technique.I present here for your delectation some marvellous examples of this highly-talented individual’s work!

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GO WEST (1940) The Marx Brothers

I MARRIED AN ANGEL (1942) Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy

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Hedy Lamarr and Clark Gable

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HONKY TONK (1941) Clark Gable and Lana Turner

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Lana Turner, Spencer Tracy and Zachary Scott

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Lana Turner, Spencer Tracy and Ingrid Bergman

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Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonaldANDY HARDY'S DOUBLE LIFE (1942) Ann Rutherford and Mickey Rooney

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SHIP AHOY (1942) Tommy Dorsey, Red Skelton and Eleanor Powell

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House Of Retro/Gary Alston makes no claim to the ownership of images shown on this page; copyright remains with the respective owner(s).

CALL ME MISS SUPERSTAR!

Written by  on August 12, 2013

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Hers is the sultry and fiery vocal featured  on some of the most enduring and classic hit-songs of the last century;  from  lead-singer of  the legendary  ‘Supremes’ to  a spectacular solo career which went into orbit after the release of her eponymously-named debut album and more specifically, her near-operatic  (in dramatic musical-arrangement) version  of Ashford & Simpson’s ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, which hit the #1 spot in the USA on the pop and rhythm & blues charts.The lady is of course, Diana Ross, who in 1976  was named  the “Female Entertainer of the Century”  by the prestigious ‘Billboard’ magazine. In 1993, the Guiness Book Of World Records declared Diana Ross to be the most successful female music artist in history due to her success in the United States and United Kingdom and for achieving more hits than any other female artist in the charts with a career total of 70 hit singles with her work with the Supremes and as a solo artist.I have  a very special affection for the early solo career of Miss Ross – namely the years between 1970-1973 when (in my opinion) she would produce some of the best-ever work of her long and successful career.Here are some fabulous pictures of her from that time (some colourised by me) begining with an amazing shot by Harry Langdon which appeared on the back cover of her first solo album (Harry also produced the ‘ghetto -child’ Diana image for the album’s front cover and so often  captured  her at her most glamorous best!).

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 Gary Alston makes no claim to the ownership of images/artwork shown on this page; copyright remains with the respective owner(s).

PEPE & THE SENORITAS

Written by  on August 12, 2013

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A wonderfully exotic and colourful example of the vintage paper doll genre at its best – Pepe and the Senoritas was inspired by the George  Sidney-Pasa Films International starring Cantiflas as “Pepe”!

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 Gary Alston makes no claim to the ownership of images/artwork shown on this page; copyright remains with the respective owner(s).

‘THE GREAT PLAID PARTIES’

Written by  on August 9, 2013

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This fabulous set of vintage menswear photographs comes from an  article originally published in the October 1957 edition of “Life” magazine in which staff-writer John Graham sets out to expose to the general public the rather extravagant & bohemian social activities of a small group of Hollywood  avant-gardists.In 1957, this particular group of ‘Hepcats’, ‘Hipsters’ and ‘Barn-Burners’ began to host a series of exclusive parties at the legendary Chateau Marmont hotel, which was located at 8221 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California.The parties became known as the ‘Great Plaid Parties’ and enjoyed a certain (if short-lived) notoriety, due not only to the  exclusivity  and ‘elitist-hype’ they generated , but largely because of the regular attendence of a group of major Hollywood stars such as James Dean, Sammy Davis Jr, Henry Fonda, Ingrid Bergman, Katherine Hepburn, Anthony Perkins and Robert Stack, who brought electricity (and infamy) to the proceedings.The people, the ambience, the dress-code and the mood of the parties was strategically and consistently hip, cool and cutting-edge; in addition, these colourful soirees screamed wealth and luxury to the casual, ‘outside’ observer.The dress-code for men at these functions was (naturally) plaid, which was worn in a formal, yet flamboyant manner; this usually took its form in the shape of rather striking plaid tuxedos – preferably with an attitude to match (interestingly, although plaid was embraced as a ‘hip’ fabric amongst style-enthusiasts of the day, ‘Middle America’ at that time considered it to be the fabric/style of a counter-culture – one which was more suited to brigands and rebels!).Before John Graham wrote his article about the ‘Great Plaid Parties’, the identities of the big movie-stars and other party attendees had been secret/guarded, however, with such decadence now openly flaunted in the world’s press for all to see, worried studio heads threatened to terminate the contracts of their participating contractural stars unless the parties were disbanded; this ultimatum meant that the ‘games’ were finally over – but, fortunately for us , “Life” magazine captured this unique and stylish moment in time for prosperity, lovers of pop-culture and fashion-history.The stunning pictures shown here display a unique slice of decadent, but oh-so-dashing, colourful and swanky Americanna!

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Text ©Copyright House Of Retro/Gary Alston 2013

“TOY SOLDIER”

Written by  on August 7, 2013

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Mitchell Brown (above) in an editorial for ADHD magazine entitled “Toy Soldier”, styled by Edrick Paz & Jhobes Estrella, lensed by Rxandy Capinpin = FABULOUS!

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COLLEGE-STYLE PAPER DOLLS : MERRILL PUBLISHING 1941

Written by  on August 4, 2013

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Another fabulous paper-doll book from Merrill, also circa 1941.Unfortunately this set is not complete, but I have included a image of the complete set which includes Patsy’s partner – the missing boy doll Peter.This set was illustrated by the famous pin-up artist Alfred Buell, and captures the era with effortless charm and style –  a hallmark of this publishing company’s titles.

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AIRLINER PAPER DOLLS : MERRILL PUBLISHING 1941

Written by  on August 3, 2013

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A delightful vintage paper-doll set from Merrill publishing circa 1941, called “Airliner Paper Dolls’ with charming artwork and colourful outfits for both on and off-duty adventures.Come fly with me!

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