Madame Yevonde

Friday, November 27, 2009



(Above) Lady Bridgett Poulett as Arethusa

The pioneering photographer first set up her studio in 1914 London. She became famous by using vivid more contemporary approaches to studio portraiture. One of her best known projects was the Goddess Series (ca.1935) in which she photographed London elite as Greek and Roman goddesses...

(Below) Lady Diana Mosely, as Venus



Nadine Muriel, Countess of
Shrewsbury as Ariadne




Lady Anne Rhys
Photographed as Flora




Miss Susan Bligh as Calypso



Isn't her work gorgeous?

I love that through her genius these women were able to indulge their fantasies of being goddesses. Also very much love these etsy finds that I think would help me do the same...



Left to Right (From Top): Golden Lightning Headband by Quirky Beauty, 1940's Navy and Saffron Embroidered Dress by Margaret Pearl, Hydrangea Blossom and Diamond Stacking Ring by Patrick Irla Jewelry, 1960's Vintage Ribbon Belt Embroidered Linen Dress by My Favorite Vintage, Juliet Print by Matou en Peluche, Four Leaves Gold Headpiece and Beaded Silver Phoenix Headpiece both by Quirky Beauty, Budding Twig Cuff Bracelets by Kristin Coffin and Baby Blue Greek Goddess 70's Dress by See Vintage Jane.

35 comments:

Emily said...

Gorgeous, indeed! The color and composition of the first photo especially is truly extraordinary.

Leah said...

These images are so gorgeous...

Clorivak said...

I am so in love with these images...stunning. they are so lovely. I also ADORE your etsy choices,I would love to get my paws on some of those headpieces. They are gorgeous!!

LENORENEVERMORE said...

So beautiful Gabbi!
And your selections as well, such great taste you have! Have a restful weekend, I know you had a stressful week...next should be better I hope!
xo as always~

Jenna said...

Wow these photos are amazing! Very interesting!

Alicia (The Red Deer) said...

Beautiful photography and I love your etsy finds :)

muchlove said...

These are gorgeous photographs, Gabbi! and I love the roman goddess-inspired finds.

P.S. I gave you awards and tags on my blog. Come and play along it you like :)

abril en paris said...

Me cuesta mucho entender el texto en inglés pero las imagenes hablan por si mismas. Preciosas fotos con un toque de distinción.
Encantador post.
A Kiss from Spain

PinkBow said...

love your blog! thanks for following & let me discover you!

Couture Carrie said...

Stunning, darling!
Love that Four Leaves gold headpiece!

xoxox,
CC

drollgirl said...

what beautiful images! i would love to be a goddess too, but i am afraid that is something i am very far from. ha hahah. perhaps the etsy items would bring me a tad closer to this fantasy. :)

and thank you for your sweet comments. i am kind of a wreck lately and i am sorry i have been missing out on you and your beautiful blog. :(

Mondo said...

Amazing Gabbi~Arethusa is my fave, they're almost a cross between canvases and photographs. Have you checked out Albert Kahn's early colour work?

Certain Creatures said...

Definitely gorgeous photography, you're right!
.. and your etsy finds! I love them! Those hair bands are so cute and the ring too is very pretty!
Happy Sunday, Gabbi

til soon
F

Sam said...

Oh joy! Another wonderful Gabbi post introducing me to a gorgeous artist! She is wonderful! I especially love the top one with all that shimmering gold and the last one with the contrast and daisies.

And your picks are superb as always - thank you so much for including me - very flattering!! I adore those head pieces - I love this new fashion for pretty head wear!!

Hope your weekend is treating you well and that George is having a good relax also! XXXXX P.S. Thank you for all your lovely comments on my blog!!

Stéphanie said...

Gabbi, this post is just marvelous !

Maddie said...

ooh beautiful photographs! and i want one of those headbands, like, right NOW! so cute! and yes, i did get my giveaway package :) she sent me the tea cup and plate (which is what i listed as what i loved from her shop, i believe), it's SO beautiful and i'm so happy with it, thank you :) oh yes! i saw Fantastic Mr. Fox last night and thought of you! i reallllly liked it, it was very different but really great :) have you seen it yet??
hope your weekend is going well gabbi!

Sarah said...

What a brilliant concept and the photos are just gorgeous! I love the etsy finds too.

dEsoRdeN said...

Ciertamente curioso... feliz fin de semana!

MAISON CHAPLIN said...

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Crystal Ball said...

Wow, wow, wow! Gabbi, these are incredibly gorgeous. And as always, you did a beautiful job of finding items that reflect the artwork.

Hope you had a beautiful Thanksgiving and have a lovely weekend <3

emma wallace said...

How stunning! I adore the first one and the fourth one best. How marvelous would it be to have a photo shoot like that.

Love your Etsy finds too!

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Andrea S. said...

I LOVE the goddess portraits! I'd forgotten all about them and then you remind me... thank you!
I want that ring. A lot.

Hey Harriet said...

They sure are gorgeous photographs! I love the idea too! And your inspired finds are once again lovely! I hope you are enjoying your weekend Gabbi :)

PinkBow said...

very beautiful! i love the etsy finds too, especially the headpieces.

Lady Thirty said...

lovely post Gabbi :D

with love
lady thirty

sinnlighet said...

I'm just in love with your blog! It is so incredible sensual & beautiful!!

Thank you soooo for your nice comment on my blog!

I hope it's ok that I add your blog to my 'love love love' list.

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Keith said...

Hey there. I'm back from my blogging vacation. I hope you had a great week and weekend. I enjoyed myself this Thanksgiving holiday. I did miss your blog. Take care. Have a fantastic week ahead. Cheers!

Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

the vintage pictures are SO cool! i especially love the one with the seashell in her hair. you did a great job with the 'how to' create the look as well.
xox

Rebecca said...

How amazing! Wouldn't it be fun to be photographed like that? Your etsy finds are lovely as well!!

_nina_malvada_ said...

"this all greek to my"

it's so nice to see how much greek history and culture inspires designers through the years..

Diana said...

This is beautiful, Gabbi! Beautiful collage! I love her work and thank you for the introduction- I love the artists you portray.

Kristin said...

Ummmmmm, can I get one of each please? Every piece is so gorg!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Cool! Love this - the photos are great! How you come up with all of these brilliant things to post about is beyond us!
Hey - send us your address - we want to send you some of our tea :)
It IS yummy!!

gracia said...

So many inspiring and beautiful visuals that I do not know where to begin. Happy to have found my way to your blog by happy accident.

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