Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Their Harmony

The aesthetic of Natacha Rambova and Rudolph Valentino is astounding. What they accomplished in their few years together changed fashion, influenced hair styles, home dΓ©cor, pets to own, turbans to wear and art to hang on your walls. How many people decided they needed a few Pekinese puppies after admiring Natacha with her adorable little pack? How many people bought silken robes, and followed directions to figure out how to wear a turban? Rudy and Natacha had a compatible aesthetic which made every one of their public appearances iconic. I think Michael Morris had some great words on this in Beyond Valentino. Words I share:

"Of all her lovers, Natacha Rambova exercised her greatest influence on silent film icon Rudolph Valentino. She would transform him from the mustachioed villain of his earliest films, prior to their meeting in 1920, into the pomaded leading man he became. Natacha's influence over Valentino catapulted him into the paragon of style and costumed elegance thereby defining his legacy and ensuring his role as a Hollywood icon."

It is so widely known how young men emulated Valentino's every fashion nuance, but it was also so true of Natacha. This image is certainly dynamic as testimony to their harmony on so many levels. How homogeneous they were. Exotics!

12 comments:

  1. Exotic indeed! It is high time that Natasha Rambova get the recognition that she deserves instead of the tired Hollywood myths. Glad that
    Michael Morris told her story at last.

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  2. Rambova was definitely a fashion icon. She may not have been the first to wear a turban in the 1920s, but no one wore it with more style and flair. I am sure she was the image women wanted to emulate.

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  3. Gribbin writes on the 'Babykins' page: "In their relationship Natacha had the edge in worldliness and cultural sophistication, and Rudy enjoyed playing apprentice to her sorceress." She seems more of a booster of Rambova's cause than Terhune, Bret, etc..
    That's something, I guess.

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    1. imo it is nothing at all coming from her. How could Ms. Gribbin pretend to champion the cause of Rambova when she completely blocks my work on Rambova from even being mentioned, let alone shared with her group. How could she pretend to champion the Rambova cause when she is Terhune's minion, worked and works in tangent with the likes of Simon Constable and when she allows Bret to skulk about under his well-known aliases. Gribbin is one of them, truly one of the Rambova haters and until she publicly distances herself from them and embraces legitimate material she is nothing but charade. She has told people my books are "ravings of a mad woman" and posted feces emojis with warnings I am not to be mentioned. I am sorry I can not agree that what she does is "something". And I do not see Rambova as a "sorceress". Not at all. She did not bewitch Valentino imo, they fell in love.

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    2. Valentino and Rambova were in love and such a shame that they could not stay together.

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    3. To the comment above regarding Gribbin's "something" on her Babykins page: Gribbin is just quoting Leider's book, the only Valentino bio she has ever bothered to skim.

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  4. Ms. Gribbin will never be able to explore Rambova's life very well as she rejects Mrs. Zumaya's works on her and her relationship with Valentino. When MAtB member Etienne Piscine asked for feedback about Mrs. Zumaya's books, Gribbin replied curtly "Any posts and/or books by Evelyn Zumaya are not welcomed in this group. An explanation is not necessary, just trust that administration has just cause for such a request.". Gribbin is not open to anything but the party line espoused by Lord Terhune. She is not capable of original thought beyond his control.

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    1. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Cult.

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    2. Etienne Piscine is David Bret. He revealed that himself.

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    3. Definitely a cult.

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  5. I didn't realize that Etienne was David Bret. I wonder if Etienne/Bret was just trying to bait Gribbin into going on a rant about the Zumaya works? It would seem that that's how those people operate.

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