The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
It begins with a prologue, directly addressed to the audience by the protagonist in a dark, candlelit room. The minimal lighting ensures that the focus is on this one man and what he has to say. He announces that we will not like him and informs us, almost proudly, of his sexual…
A fare odore.
To’ buona acqua rosa e mollatene ne le mani; di poi togli del fiore di spigo e frigate fre l’una mano e latria, ed è buono.
To make scent.
Take fresh rosewater and moisten your hands with it; then take flower of lavender and rub it between your hands, and it will be good.
Aline Petrychenko by Andrew Yee for How to Spend It April 2013
Givenchy by Alexander McQueen, Fall Winter 1999 Ready-to-Wear. Photographed by Thierry Orban.
Sarah Burton: ‘I remember one collection - the prêt-à-porter autumn/winter 1999-2000 collection - which involved a model in a Perspex robotic body. The guy who made the robot told us ten minutes before the model walked out, “If she sweats in the suit, she’s going to electrocute herself. So tell her not to sweat”.
Fritz Zuber-Buhler (1822 – 1896) ,La Reine Bacchanal,detail.
Madame Guillotine: The Transformation of Marie Antoinette
It seems amazing to us now, with the shimmering, luminously beautiful image of Marie Antoinette as painted by Vigée-Lebrun before us, that the young princess was ever anything other than exquisite, with that immaculate grasp of fashion and high maintenance grooming that we scruffy English roses envy so much in our French sisters. But so it was.
When, at the age of thirteen, the young Archduchess Maria Antonia was first proposed as a match for the Dauphin Louis, she was not actually considered to be suitable French Princess material with both her wardrobe and her looks found to be wanting. The Duc de Choiseul, who was busy promoting the match in France, was informed by the French ambassador to Vienna, the Marquis de Durfort and by Maria Antonia’s tutor, the Abbé Vermond that the girl was childish, disliked etiquette, had no interest in fashion and often looked unkempt to the point of scruffiness. They also reported that her teeth were crooked and her hairline was wonky. As for her bosom? Oh la la.