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Embroidery wizard Francois Lesage

Embroidery wizard Francois Lesage

Embroidery wizard Francois Lesage

Embroidery wizard Francois Lesage

December 1, 2011 after a serious, prolonged illness died famous embroiderer and owner of the famous Parisian Embroidery House Francois Lesage. His amazing work and contribution to the development of haute couture is immense. French Embroidery wizard Francois Lesage (March 31, 1929 – December 1, 2011) was a Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur. “I never forget that I am only an embroiderer, craftsman, and my imagination should be framed in a simple matter of fact materials – silk, sequins, stones. But they give birth to a firebird dream that I just want to catch on the tail. But the dream can not be caught – it is always in front, making our life more beautiful …” – François Lesage. Fashion without embroidery – the same as Bastille Day without fireworks!”- said Karl Lagerfeld, and added: “For me, this embroidery means Lesage”.
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Legendary House of the Rising Sun

Lana Del Rey in the legendary House of the Rising Sun

Lana Del Rey in the legendary House of the Rising Sun

July 9, 1964 the group The Animals hit the first line of the British charts with the song “The House of the Rising Sun”. Simple plot of the song about the hard life of a poor boy and rhythmic strumming of British folk won the hearts of millions of people from around the world. What was the reason for such popularity? The paradox of the Legendary House of the Rising Sun was the fact that The Animals were not the first one who told the story of the fateful “House”. For several centuries prisoners, drunks, vagrants sang this song in UK and Ireland and, of course, there was no New Orleans yet. The British sailed to discover the the New World and took a simple motif with them, close to everyone story that they could sing, even without musical accompaniment.
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Chatelaine Jewelry

Chatelaine Jewelry

Chatelaine with cameo decor. Gold, silver, diamonds, rose, emerald, amethyst, glass, enamel. Duke Jean Jacques. Great Britain, Russia. 1777

Chatelaine Jewelry was popular from the 17th to the early 20th century, among both – men and women. From the early Middle Ages plain rings with chains turned into extremely detailed jewelry masterpieces made of precious stones and enamels, carvings. They were worn on the belt (usually a tailcoat), by men from aristocratic circles.
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Beauty queen of 1950s Betty Brosmer

Beauty queen of 1950s Betty Brosmer

Beauty queen of 1950s Betty Brosmer

Beauty queen of 1950s Betty Brosmer started her model career at the age of 13. The result was more than impressive – she has won over 50 beauty contests, has appeared on magazine covers more than 300 times, her image decorated more than a hundred calendars, billboards across the country, and she was the highest paid model. She was a forerunner of such stars as Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield. Her phenomenal measurements: 38-18-36 (in inches) and 96-45-91 in centimeters gave her the title “The most gorgeous body of 50s”.
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Evita Peron of Argentina

Evita Peron of Argentina

Evita Peron of Argentina

Evita Peron of Argentina was the second wife of President Juan Peron and the First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952. Argentinians loved her not only for responsiveness and generosity, but also beauty. Chiseled body in white dress from Chanel, thin fingers in rings with heavy jewels. Famous phrase in the theater “Colon”: “These jewels, my people, I wear for you!” aroused a storm of applause. Argentinians perceived her as a deity, she was a saint and they prayed for her. Let Juan was president, Evita was considered the spiritual leader. She empowered the masses by becoming a symbol of triumph over the poverty and oppression of the old social order. Her life forever changed the society of Latin America by showing her people that even the most disenfranchised among them could rise to the highest levels of influence, and could do so from within the system and not by revolution.
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Mosaic Picassiette House by Raymond Isidore

Mosaic Picassiette House by Raymond Isidore. Chartres, France

Mosaic Picassiette House by Raymond Isidore. Chartres, France

Chartres – one of the most magical places in France. Of course, the cathedral with magnificent stained glass windows – the main miracle. Here and there was an amazing event, that’s what Raymond Isidore recalled: “I was blind as a child (metaphorically), I was in the cathedral, when first saw a wonderful light. It was dark, at first I did not notice anything, and then fabulous light poured out of the windows, illuminating the cathedral … ” But Chartres is also famous for its Mosaic Picassiette House by Raymond Isidore – the most beautiful mosaic-decorated house in the world. The house attracts thousands of visitors annually. The man who built the Mosaic House – Raymond Isidore (1900-1964), a simple worker of a local cemetery.
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Norman jewelry

Norman jewelry Holy Spirit pendant

Norman jewelry Holy Spirit pendant

Norman jewelry – Holy Spirit pendants. In Normandy the design of the suspension included a dove flying to the ground with an olive branch in its claws. Less commonly, a bunch of grapes in its beak. Sometimes you can see the suspension, on which other, smaller birds eat up olives or grapes of this dove. Typically, these pendants were made ​​of silver with rhinestones, less gold. Were initially fairly simple with a few crystals, but quickly turned into a complex product, with more than a hundred crystals.
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