A few vintage photographs of people celebrating Halloween
Usually I don't go to any Halloween parties but this year close friends invited us to one such party and it was not possible to refuse. So I had to think up what to wear. I didn't want to be dressed in a costume of some particular movie or cartoon personage, I just wanted to look Halloween-ish. And here came this outfit which to myself I call "a Halloween-ish doll". But if I wore a different head piece and a white apron I would look a Halloween-ish waitress...I guess there are some other variations...A versatile look indeed.
Recently I was invited to join an international photography project "Portraits" started by a London-based artist IMPREINT. The artist collects portraits of different people holding a common item - a balloon. Why a balloon? While painting a project "1000 balloons" a couple of years ago the artist came to the idea that we people are just like those balloons: all different, imperfect yet all beautiful. And he decided to start this new project "Portraits" where the balloon symbolizes the common ground that we all have not depending on age, shape, skin colour, culture background, social status: we all are human beings, we all can love, hate, cry, laugh, feel pain or feel happiness.
A pencil skirt...What can be more classy and elegant? And a polka dot pencil skirt? Here I am wearing one teamed with a polka dot top. All polka dottish today. The polka dots of the skirt are rather small and the print can be seen only from a close distance. And the bigger polka dots of the top contain a surprise. Here, have a closer look
"Red Underwear", a painting by Liushi Zong source
What do you think the young lady on the painting above is wearing? As the painting's title suggests it is an underwear. But what kind of? Actually it is a dudou. The garment with such unusually-sounding name has a long history. It was invented by the Chinese somewhen in the 17th century with the sole practical purpose to keep the chest and stomach area warm. It is just a square or rhomboidal piece of cloth with attached straps that were tied around the neck and at the back. The dudou often has a pocket where ginger, musk or other medicinal herbs believed to keep the belly warm were put. It was worn by children, women and men alike to prevent not only cold but, according to some sources, diarrhea as well.