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The explosion in the Puritan society

June 2 2006

Native Muscovite, French fashion designer Alexandre Vassiliev decided to once again shock the former homeland. As a fashion historian, he introduced the residents of the capital unique photos 10-20 years, who blew up the puritanical society of the last century.

Vasiliev teaches set design at the prestigious colleges and art schools, and also manages to be both editor-in prestigious journals and VOGUE HARPER'S BAZAAR. What makes this man, always attracts attention and arouses interest.

Was no exception, and exposition "of the great stars of silent," which just opened at Gallery House Nashchokina. There are black and white photographs of stars of world cinema, the original American model 1910 - 1920's, also fashion accessories era of silent films from his collection.

He organized this exhibition to people interested in personalities, which are depicted in the photographs. "Viewers want to know what their fate, rather than just doling date of birth and death." "I'm the man of few who knew them in person, may immediately give the name and some biographical facts of the star. This post-war period, when "women were more than males, and they began to undress," that would attract attention. Alexander Vasilyev said the fact that the exhibition there is a "segment of history," "wealth, Art Deco."

In the photos you can see the actresses from Hungary - Leah De Way, Lucy Dorein, Austrian and German stars Jenny South, Hans Stuve, Dolly Haas. Of course, the emphasis is on the Hollywood talent: Louise Brooks, Gloria Swanson, Clara Bow, but have not gone unnoticed, and prominent Russian silent film actress. Among them are born in Yalta, Alla Nazimova, Hollywood star Anna Sten, who played in the Soviet film "The Girl with the box, after emigrirovshaya in Germany, and then did the United States.

Were presented several models of dresses, many of which are decorated with sequins, the fact that while only came electricity, the stars would shine, not only talent but also overflows in the truest sense of the word.

Also on show was a presentation of the new book from the series "Carte Postale. History of Fashion" - "Star of world silent cinema," which included the pictures of Alexander Vasilyev. If we talk about his journalistic activities, his other book "Beauty in Exile," written on the memoirs of Russian immigrants, was named the best illustrated edition of 1998. This is the man who all his life engaged in collecting. For its volume of Russian fashion, "he began collecting photographs in his childhood. Many valuable pictures, he found a second-hand bookshops, and even a landfill. It must be noted that it was possible to see the autographs of some actresses.

Of course, this kind of event could not attend Violetta Litvinova. This is the man whose name is synonymous with the most incredible hats. On opening day, it too was in a pretty black headdress. She said she will certainly feel sorry for the time when women were "air, light and thin," but "nostalgia for those times helps artists embody these women on stage."

Demonstration videos on style, fashion stars of those years did not leave anyone indifferent. Movies with Charlie Chaplin was forced to smile and maintain a good mood.

Vasiliev said that "let the women were silent on the screen, but they are pathetically conveyed passion and despair, jealousy, lust, joy and sadness. In this sense, the silent movie was kind of akin to ballet - dance moves the viewer not less and sometimes more , acting monologues. "

Katerina Boyarkina


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