Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Femme Fatale

I made this set the other day, inspired by a deep red velvet handbag with the keyhole so suggestive of things that should not be seen. It made me think of a certain Evelyn Nesbit, known as the girl in the red velvet swing, and all the secrets the swirled around her.

I knew so little about this infamous beauty until I read American Eve a few months ago. I had seen photos of her for years and years, never realizing it was Evelyn. A Gibson Girl whose photos where used for all sorts of advertising purposes, chances are you've seen her too. (A strange bit of trivia: Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote Anne of Green Gables with a photo of Evelyn up on the wall as inspiration.) Evelyn's is a riveting story of an underage beauty and the powerful, obsessive men around her.

the girl in the red velvet swing

A couple of links for you...

Evelyn's former environs. (You'll need to scroll halfway down the page.)

A fading beauty in 1914.



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