subculture: ROMANTIC ARTISTS & MUSICIANS
totems: POPPY (narcotic),
SNAKE (sensual & dangerous),
ROSE (heady and romantic)
symbols: EYE, HEART
colours: BLOOD RED,
ANTIQUE PEACH PINK,
historical style: VINTAGE EXOTIC DANCER
Originator of exotic dance in Paris was Mata Hari, supposed spy during WWI. Her style and free-willed attitude made her a very popular woman, as did her eagerness to perform in exotic and revealing clothing. She posed for provocative photos and mingled in wealthy circles. Her death by French firing squad fit her theatrical life, which was filled with tempestuous passion, stoic inner strength and defiant intelligence.
TURKISH OTTOMAN HAREM
Popular subject matter for French ORIENTALIST artists of the 19th Century, whose colour and style used elements from their travels to the Mediterranean, North Africa and the Near East. Women in the Ottoman Harem were taught Music, Dance and Literature; in fact, the site of the first university in Istanbul was originally the "institution" where ex-harem women were accommodated, (when a new Sultan came in to rule).
the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often involving musical, artisitic or literary pursuits. Associated with anti-establishment political and social viewpoints.
ABOVE: (left) Alphonse Mucha 'Salome' 1897; (right) Mata Hari 1906
age group: 25 - 50
geographical distribution: SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, ADELAIDE
social/political/environmental: FREEDOM OF SPEECH, SOCIAL MOBILITY,
product range: DRESSES, SKIRTS, PANTS, TOPS, SCARVES, ARMBANDS, HEADBANDS, FASCINATORS, EARRINGS, NECKLACES, STOLES, BROOCHES, BELTS
types of fabrics: SILK, SILK ORGANZA, WOOL, LEATHER, FAUX FUR
(Ottoman Clothing - leather & felt materials had priority due to natural & social conditions. In addition, sheepskin, fur & wool were major constituents in clothes of that period.)
name of brand: SNAKE AND ROSE,
ABOVE: Bakst's 'Salome'