Friday, September 23, 2022

Red Satin Shoes

Renato came across this image below recently and I find it captivating in its graphic color treatment. This was published in March 1923 as the Mineralava Tour began, so we find Natacha Rambova in costume. I did learn while researching Norma that Natacha wore red satin shoes for the performances.

I believe that the most valuable Mineralava archive would be Norma Niblock's incredible collection. What a remarkable preservation of photographs and artifacts. She was extremely proud of her win and this is evident in the care she took to safeguard her memories. I shared most of it in the book, but what a collection. 

Voila! Natacha Rambova set to cross the country and dance the tango with her love Rudolph. Thanks to Renato for catching this one!


 

8 comments:

  1. Natacha Rambova was so well respected during her life and is still known as a ground-breaking Egyptologist. Her work is housed in Yale University and studied as academically sound. It is no wonder to me why Rudolph Valentino fell so deeply in love with her and imo they would have had another go at it had he lived. It is also interesting to know that during her later life, her family knew not to mention Rudolph Valentino because she carried such sorrow. Only she could bring up the subject of her great love which according to her cousin Ann, she did quite often and with great affection.

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    1. It certainly shows that they were in love if only the circumstances were different.

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    2. I loved the Norma book and was fascinated by all her memorabilia. Winning the Mineralava Beauty Contest and being crowned by Valentino at so young an age surely would have a lasting impact on Norma.
      And I would never believe Rambova could dance in any other kind of shoes but red satin ones!

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    3. I think Natacha and George Ullman's stories were the most skewed as far as the truth. Michael Morris was spot on to call Natacha, "the woman behind the myth" and Ullman's plight was unbelievable as it came together. They both deserved some truth saying and it was long over due I say.

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  2. Finally got the Norma book. Can't wait to dive into it for some Saturday night in bed reading. Re the shoes, can only imagine Natacha's reaction to how, not only shoes, but fashion also, has changed over the decades. Not much elegance anymore.

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  3. Hi Maggie: Oh, I hope you enjoy the read! So many things fell into place in telling Norma's life story. It was a great project to discover and write. And yes what would Natacha have to say about some of today's fashions? Even in her academic years she was always so stylish and elegant.

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  4. Lovely photo of Natasha.

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    1. 6:40: It is. Her companion the last 20 years of her life, Mark Hasselriis spoke so eloquently to Michael Morris about the subject of Natacha being a glamor icon. On p. 106 of Beyond Valentino, you can find a transcription of the notes Michael took during a phone interview with Mark H. It is really very insightful.

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