dynamicafrica:

In Photos: “Signares” by Fabrice Monteiro.

Exploring history and fashion along the west coast of Africa, for his series ‘Signares' Belgian-Beninese photographer Fabrice Monteiro recalls a time in history where distinct cultures collided.

As European traders and explorers began to ascend on Africa’s west coast around the 15th and 16th century, as these men where forbidden from bringing their families and wives from their home countries, they began to intermingle and intermarry with African women in the Senegambia region. As a result of these relations, many of these women began to orchestrate business dealings to their benefits “using these partnerships to bolster their socioeconomic standing and personal trading enterprises”. One signare in the 1770s from St Louis, Senegal, is noted to have been a property owner and dealer as she bought and sold property in Saint-Domingue, while “five other signares in Gorée signed a petition against a poorly run French company that had been awarded an exclusive contract with the island”. 

Although these relations were not at first recognized by colonial and European authorities, it later became acceptable for Europeans living in Senegal to marry and have their descendants profit from these unions through heritage rights. Most of these women were considered to be of a high class and often married “middle-class executives or French and English aristocrats”. Naturally, a new sense of fashion was born as the women combined their own traditional styles with European attire at the time.

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vintagechampagnefever:

19th century Russian headdress 

vintagechampagnefever:

19th century Russian headdress 

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r3volutionaries:

meorzo:

me, freezing my butt off in the name of art

your tattoos though omg

r3volutionaries:

meorzo:

me, freezing my butt off in the name of art

your tattoos though omg

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fckyeahantm:

Analeigh Tipton | Cycle 11

fckyeahantm:

Analeigh Tipton | Cycle 11

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fckyeahantm:

Elina Ivanova | Cycle 11
Photo: Nando Esparza

fckyeahantm:

Elina Ivanova | Cycle 11

Photo: Nando Esparza

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fckyeahantm:

Kiara Belen | Cycle 19
Photo: Ken Alcazar

fckyeahantm:

Kiara Belen | Cycle 19

Photo: Ken Alcazar

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centurycreeper:

allcoveredinglitter:

Nidhi Sunil & Radhika Nair - Grazia India

photographer Taras Taraporvala

styled by Ekta Rajani

Hair and makeup by Mira Parmar

OH

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wylona-hayashi:

When all my girlfriends wear high heels and i don’t…

wylona-hayashi:

When all my girlfriends wear high heels and i don’t…

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beautifulsouthasianbrides:

Outfits by:Cuckoo Fashion

beautifulsouthasianbrides:

Outfits by:Cuckoo Fashion

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books0977:

Portrait of a Ballerina L.A. Ivanova (1922). Zinaida Serebriakova (Russian, 1884-1967). Pastel on paper, laid on cardboard.
In 1922, Serebriakova’s best ballet portraits - Marietta Frangopulo, Lidya Ivanova and Alexandra Danilova in their costumes for the Pas de trois in Nikolai Tcherepnin’s ballet Armida’s Pavilion, E. Svekis in the costume for her character in Sleeping Beauty and a number of others - were shown at the World of Art exhibition in Petrograd.

books0977:

Portrait of a Ballerina L.A. Ivanova (1922). Zinaida Serebriakova (Russian, 1884-1967). Pastel on paper, laid on cardboard.

In 1922, Serebriakova’s best ballet portraits - Marietta Frangopulo, Lidya Ivanova and Alexandra Danilova in their costumes for the Pas de trois in Nikolai Tcherepnin’s ballet Armida’s Pavilion, E. Svekis in the costume for her character in Sleeping Beauty and a number of others - were shown at the World of Art exhibition in Petrograd.

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luckymag:

And now, @evachen212 as Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo. Big thank you to @temptu @mizunyc and @dmartnyc. #luckyloveshalloween

luckymag:

And now, @evachen212 as Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo. Big thank you to @temptu @mizunyc and @dmartnyc. #luckyloveshalloween

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seraphica:

Rohit Bal’s collection for India Bridal Fashion Week - absolutely stunning, and (in my opinion) way more interesting and personal than current western trends.

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