The Power of Lace: A Voluptuous Soundtrack
Article by: Katrina Eugenia
Self portraits by: Katrina Eugenia
Makeup by: Ananda Khan
Hair by: Ananda Khan, Susie Mars, Beau Preston & Stefanie Stalder
Lingerie courtesy of: Rhonda Shear
Facebook, twitter, tumblr, blogging and most of all E-MAILS consume my days and suck me dry of creativity too often. I wake up with the intentions of developing new work and the next thing I know, it’s four in the afternoon and all I have done is sit at my computer, firing off email after email. Recently, one of the things I’ve changed about my life is my usage of the internet, limiting the amount of time I offer the intangible world to two hours a day, unless I am using it for research, or to read a column (Ahem). At times I’ve considered falling off the face of the Internet, but unfortunately, like many of us, my career has no mercy for those of us who suffer from online anxiety. Many aspects of our work and lives depend on the cyber beast known as the Internet.
“The nightgown is an all encompassing, timeless wonder, symbolizing the fragility and vulnerability of the female soul while also remaining erotically charged, filling a girl up with confidence, grace, and power.”
I’ve come to the conclusion that I was born into the wrong era, intended to be in my 20’s in the 40’s if you will. Rhonda Shear’s old world nightgown and robe offer encouragement to this idea, and these self-portraits feel like evidence to back up my theory. This luscious lavender number embraces my hourglass figure as I slip it on and the feathered robe provides comfort through concepts of costume; making it the ultimate escape from technology for every girl.
I suppose there are some areas of technology that I am thankful for such as the birth of the “talkies.” My hyper -ADD brain can barely sit through an entire movie as it is, I can’t imagine what I would do if they were all silent! But then again, my boyfriend insists that my lack of ability to concentrate is partially due to the Internet as well, so who knows? Regardless, in reading about the “talkies,” I was fascinated by the fact that these beautiful nightgowns and robes created a “voluptuous sound track” in Hollywood films. We have heroines such as Rita Hayworth and Jean Harlow to show gratitude for the nightgown’s progressive sophistication in mainstream households and we have Rhonda Shear to thank for bringing it back to life.
“This luscious lavender number embraces my hourglass figure as I slip it on…”
Before the days of Rita and Jean, as late as the 1930’s, nightgowns came with holes in them for intercourse, and eroticism was only meant for prostitutes. The nightgown flourished however, and by the 1940’s, it was too elegant not to be worn by the woman of the house, and too sexy not to turn that woman into pure seduction. As a result, sex goddess was added to the list of wifely duties. Amen! Thank God things have changed, otherwise this sexy number would not have scored so high on the, “Buffalo Meter” (as my boyfriend, Buffalo, likes to call it) 4 out of 5 Buffalo, not bad!
When I slip into Rhonda Shear, I am the lady of the house more than ever. The nightgown doubles as my dressing gown, another common piece worn in the 1940’s, (which I highly recommend bringing back, designers!). The piece gets me into the right mind as I paint on my cat-eyes and set my hair for a night out on the town.
“The piece gets me into the right mind as I paint on my cat-eyes and set my hair for a night out on the town.”
The nightgown is an all encompassing, timeless wonder, symbolizing the fragility and vulnerability of the female soul while also remaining erotically charged, filling a girl up with confidence, grace, and power.