Tuesday, April 12, 2022

An Incredible Moment

The image below appears in Beyond Valentino. Center, Ms. Maria Salome holding Natacha Rambova's fabulous Spanish shawl. On the right of the image, W. James who discovered Ms. Salome's Rambova cache. He is a British gentleman and historian living in homes in Valencia, Spain and Mallorca. A local project for school children was initiated in which they would interview elderly people about their lives. When the children who interviewed Maria Salome returned with their story, Mr. James went to see what they found. This was the moment she brought it all out.

You can see in the box the photos which would be included in Beyond Valentino. An incredible moment in Natacha Rambova history. The others present are identified in the book. 
And the tube of lipstick (photographed on one of Rambova's turbans):
 

11 comments:

  1. This is magnificent! How much richer the portrait of Rambova is for the Michael Morris/Evelyn Zumaya collaboration. I will never, ever forget Michael’s short lived membership in the Terhune/Hill forum when his excitement about Evelyn’s discovery of the Ullman memoir and probate court files compelled him to spread the word. His disgust with what he found on that forum was so profound that he terminated his membership almost immediately after joining. He had unerring instincts for decency and good taste.

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  2. We are so used to Valentino and Rambova in black and white (the Forum Colorists notwithstanding), that actually seeing the gorgeous colors of Rambova's shawl is stunning!

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    1. And the size of the shawl! I think the most exciting discovery was a tube of "Natacha Rambova" lipstick. She mentioned she was toying with a cosmetics line and this was the only and first proof it ever existed. I included the photos of the lipstick in the book.

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    2. Natacha’s experimentation with a cosmetics line may be the most charming detail about her yet! The fact that she loved feminine accoutrements is completely endearing.

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    3. I posted the lipstick images (above). What a gem of a discovery.

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    4. Rambova was such an accomplished woman!

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  3. How did Salome get possession of these items? Did Natacha leave them behind when she left her husband?

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    1. Yes Natacha fled Mallorca on a coal freighter with her little dog Bimbo, after she was told her life was in danger for her open statements about the war. Maria Salome's mother and father worked for Natacha and Alvaro (domestic couple) and when she was born Alvaro and Natacha became her godparents. Natacha was in France at the time of her birth. These belongings were left behind.

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  4. Didn't Natasha own a white shawl one time?

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  5. There are many photos of Rambova in a shawl. I've looked at several, but she is not wearing this one. I wonder if she had it while she was married to Valentino?

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    1. Well they bought so many in Spain when they were shopping for Hooded Falcon. She really indulged in the shawls.

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