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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • RAINIER NATIONAL PARK: c. 1920s

Chiaroscuro: 1920

Chiaroscuro: 1920

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New York circa 1920. "Isadora Duncan dancers." Nitrate negative by the Prussian- born American photographer Arnold Genthe (1869-1942). View full size.

 

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Isadorables

These are three of the six women known as the "Isadorables" and called Duncan's adopted daughters. Fortuny's Delphos dresses, with the famously fine and intentionally uneven hand-pleating that no one has ever been able to reproduce, were so expensive that it's hard to imagine dancing in them, but the Isadorables weren't the only ones who did.

Mariano Fortuny

The dancers are all wearing Mariano Fortuny Delphos gowns. These couture gowns today can cost up to several thousand dollars. Mariano introduced this gown in 1907 and it was very much in style up until the 1930's.

The Three Graces

Now this is a work of art! Slightly Witkinesque.

Stunning

What beautiful, ethereal women. The condition of this makes it kind of other-worldly. Love it.

Superbly

Surreal.

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