Belle Epoque Harlot @ Elena Valez – 2022

Posted by on Mar 21, 2022 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Belle Epoque Harlot @ Elena Valez - 2022

Fashion Photo Left: Isadore Montag.  Beauty Photo Right: Helen Oppenheim

This is the Belle Epoque Harlot Look at the Elena Valez New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2022 show held at the Freehand Hotel.  The makeup by Maite Moreira featured “soft lips and soft eyes with a unique feminism vibe,” said Claire Louise Perez, CEO/Founder of the New York Makeup Academy.   Elena Valez is an emerging new talent, reviews for the show, which opened with the soundtrack “She was a disgrace to all women”  included “gutsy” (Cathryn Horn, NY Magazine) … “Goth-grunge””gritty glam” a bit Mad Max: (WWD) … “tough and gritty, very hot” (Vogue.).  The theme was “Maidenhood & Its Labors.”  The hair, by Rodney Cutler, Cutler/Redken, was mostly “lived in” hair, very varied styles, always interesting. To see more hair inspirations, makeup which included black smudged lips, more of the aggressively delicate American artisanal deconstructed avant-garde fashions, CLICK HERE

Makeup: Maite Moreira, New York Makeup Academy … Hair: Rodney Cutler, Cutler/Redken … Model: Veronica … Photo Left: Isadore Montag … Photo Right: Helen Oppenheim

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Toulouse-Lautrec Belle Epoque Hair – 1900

Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Toulouse-Lautrec Belle Epoque Hair - 1900

La Modiste by Toulouse-Lautrec

This is Henri Toulouse-Lautrec’s La Modiste, 1900. She is Mlle. Renée Vert (Mme. Le Murgouin) and she had a shop in Montmartre. No idea if this will be in the MoMA Museum Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition opening on July 26 in NYC but her hair was Belle Epoque, trending for 2014.

For more Toulouse-Lautrec, Belle Epoque and Art Nouveau inspiration, scroll down this blog, all the way down Page One, and to Page Two. From the book, Toulouse-Lautrec, with text by Douglas Cooper, Thames & Hudson, published in 1955, a great resource with 55 reproductions in full color and 63 illustrations in monochrome.

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Stylish Blouses & Shoes Belle Epoque – 1900

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

New York Herald

New York Herald – 1900

For Fall, consider stylish blouses, shoes and buckles inspired by these Belle Epoque illustrations published in 1900 by the New York Herald for its first fashion supplement instructing ladies about style and fashions of the era.  (From the “La Belle Epoque” catalog by Philippe Julian and Diana Vreeland for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, published in 1982, with a forward and descriptions by Diana Vreeland about the era, the fashions, the mood, the times. Click to get the catalog for more research: 

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Memories. Diana Vreeland Letter – 1983

Posted by on Oct 18, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Memories. Diana Vreeland Letter – 1983

Letter from Diana Vreeland

Memories. A letter to treasure. Forever. From Diana Vreeland, famous for her years at Harper’s Bazaar, as Editor in Chief at Vogue, the 12 extraordinary exhibitions she consulted on for Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute, her wit, her often outrageous quotes and much more.

Diana Vreeland, also a classy lady, sent me this letter in 1983 after I had devoted my whole column, about 8 pages, in Peluquerias Magazine to her 1982 exhibition, La Belle Epoque.  I had researched visuals of the art period from 1890 to 1914 extensively, and asked various hairdressers to send me photos and sketches of updated versions of the hair looks for the era. Peluquerias did us all proud with a great layout design. But I never expected a letter like this from The Great One. What an honor.

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Photos on Helen’s Blog – April 19-May 17, 2014

Posted by on May 17, 2014 in All Photos on Blog | 0 comments

Collage: helenoppenheim.com

Collage: helenoppenheim.com

Check out the photos on Helen’s Blog from April 19th to May 17, 2014. You will see there are many Toulouse-Lautrec, Belle Epoque, Art Nouveau posts. Scroll down to Page 2 where there’s more to be seen, including the most detailed Toulouse-Lautrec post, and plenty of other interesting photos and stories, plus credits. Scroll right to the end of the Blog, if you want to see all the photos on the Blog, or  for collages of them all, click here.   If you really want to know your hair history, check the website where are now over 3,000 photos with lots of information and tutorials and more …

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Photos On Helen’s Blog – April 19-May 17, 2014

Posted by on May 17, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Collage: helenoppenheim.com

Collage: helenoppenheim.com

Check out the photos on Helen’s Blog from April 19th to May 17, 2014. You will see there are many Toulouse-Lautrec, Belle Epoque, Art Nouveau posts. Scroll down to past the first few pages where there’s more to be seen, including the most detailed Toulouse-Lautrec post, and plenty of other interesting photos and stories, plus credits. Scroll right to the end of the Blog, if you want to see all the photos on the Blog, or for collages of them all, click here.    If you really want to know your hair history, check the website where are now over 3,000 photos with lots of information and tutorials and more …

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MUCHA’S ART NOUVEAU – 1895-1905

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Drawings by Mucha

The Belle Epoque, the Art Nouveau era will trend with the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition at MoMA Museum in NYC, opening July 26. Be inspired … And scroll down to the second page, where there’s more, including the key Lautrec background to know.

Art Nouveau drawings and design in the landmark Style Book published in1905,  Mucha’s Figures Decoratives are by one of the most-famous decorative artists in Paris at the turn of the century, Alphonse Maria Mucha (1860-1939.)  He loved long hair, was obsessed with curves coiling around idealized women which, with his Sarah Bernhardt posters, made him famous then, and to this day.   For the book on Amazon, click (but know the front cover color is warmer on my copy!)

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Art Nouveau Hair Ideas from – 1897-1901

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Helen's Blog | 0 comments

Art Nouveau Hair and Fashion Ideas - 1897-19-1

Illustrations: Privat Livemont

There are so many books and so much online to inspire from the Belle Epoque/Art Nouveau periods.  I give some of the inspiration I have used over the years, from one of the books on the period in my personal research library.  I have always thought hair as well as fashions today can be inspired by hair and  fashions from the past.

The Art Nouveau illustrations here are from the book –  La Belle Epoque:  Masterworks by Combaz, Leo Jo, Livemont, and all  illustrations shown are by Privat Livemont of Belgium.  The hair, hair accessories, fashions, and the corset are interesting! For link to book on Amazon, click here

Top left to right: Woman Sculpting, 1901 … Hair detail from Corsets PD, undated … The Corsets PD full length, undated.  Bottom left to right: Biscuits de Beukelaer, 1900 … Corsets ad Bruxelles (Manufacture Royale, not in the book) … La Vague, 1897, something special technically and very beautiful

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