Anna May Wong and Cross-Racial Masquerade

The Chinese-American star, Anna May Wong, regularly appeared in films in roles that were non-Asian but always racialized. I am currently obsessed with how often imagery linked her with blackness, as in this Paramount Studio photograph by Eugene Robert Richee:

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Desperately Seeking Photographer

I have been unable to identify the photographer of the following portrait of Anna May Wong. It was likely taken in 1934 when Wong was starring in a film tltled Chu Chin Chow, aka Ali Baba Nights.

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If anyone knows, please let me know using the comment field or email me at camara.holloway@icloud.com

The Pathé Fashion Archive

Fashion, Textile & Costume Librarians

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This is a very nice and very shareable collection of (very short) film footage of fashion related items from the British Pathé archives. Of the 76 films that have been uploaded until now, the oldest dates back to the 1890s and the newest was made in 1970. Closer inspection reveals an emphasis 1950s and 1960s footage.

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1890s Fashion Footage
1920s How to Make a Handbag
1930s: A 1939 Conjecture of Fashion in The Year 2000
1940s How To Tie a Turban
1950s Nylon Vs. Cashmere
1960s Space Age Hair Fashion


See all at 
The Pathé Fashion Archive.

Fred Goudswaard
librarian AMFI – Amsterdam Fashion Institute

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Ava DuVernay and Fashion Fair’s “Say Yes” Film Featuring Lance Gross and Issa Rae

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Ava DuVernay is the visual mastermind the new short fashion film, “Say Yes.” The new film partnership between the “Middle Of Nowhere” director and Fashion Fair Cosmetics  “explores the power of the affirmative, and the beauty that blossoms from embracing life.”

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“I was thrilled to be asked to create a film for Fashion Fair, a brand that has always embraced women of color, and that women of color have so often embraced. The film is a meditation on the power of ‘yes,’ illustrating what can happen when we affirm our family, our friends, ourselves. I also thought about the many ways that Fashion Fair says ‘yes’ to us. Yes to our variance of skin tone, yes to our different ages, yes to our body sizes, yes to…

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Keira Knightley stars as Chanel in Lagerfeld’s short film ”Once Upon a Time…”-Film review by Lady Sybilia

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Karl Lagerfeld’s latest short film. Titled ‘Once Upon a Time…features Keira Knightley as ”Coco” Gabrielle Chanel,film on the occasion of the 100 years anniversary since the opening of the first Chanel shop in the luxurious style haven of Deauville,France. Directed by Karl Lagerfeld, in black and white,the short film is an amalgama of excellent dresses and jewelry,vintage cars and fabulous settings.

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Lagerfeld always keep a straight line regarding script, calling the whole vision ”Invented reality,”at WWD (Women’s Wear Daily) whilst on set.You can’t really take Lagerfeld’s short films literally as films,its better to be judged and appreciated.Most of the cast were dressed in historically accurate costumes perfect to detail while Keira Knightley also appears in several cream pieces especially designed for her. Actor Clotilde Hesme appears as Chanel’s close friend,collaborator and Aunt, Adrienne,a figure prominent in Chanel’s life and work.

Karl Lagerfeld uses as an main narrative idea the recreates one of Chanel’s first…

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