Allure, then and now--and tomorrow

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Posted by HSG on January 04, 2005 at 06:43:24:

In Reply to: Angelo Asti posted by Emily on January 03, 2005 at 02:19:38:

Here are two more illustrations by Angelo Asti. The damsels in these paintings again display the soft figures and facial features that distinguish both his personal style, and timeless beauty itself.

The fair maiden in this painting has a lidded expression that is remarkably similar to the gaze that Valerie adopted in one of her marvellous "What's Hot Now" Fashion Bug ads:

The clothing in many of Asti's images is quite similar to the styles of today's "New Femininity"--so much so, that one would be hard pressed, from the dresses alone, to determine whether they represent the fashions of 1905, or of 2005:

And the skin tone of Asti's models is, indeed, very fair.

One other point worth mentioning is that Asti's images--which were collected into calendars, and sold as individuals postcards--are today viewed as the forerunners of the "pin-up girls," which in turn later spawned "men's magazines."

However, it reveals a great deal about the coarsening of popular culture over the course of the 20th century when one compare's Asti's fair damsels (who have poetry and romance about them, and mix a degree of innocence in their expressions with a sense of dignity) with the so-called "sexy" images that are the narcotic of today's population (which feature images of unattractive and artificial-looking women in crude poses and tawdry attire, trying to pass off "mean" expressions as signs of intelligence).

Over the past hundred years, we sacrificed beauty, and an appeal to the imagination, for crudity and a deadening of the senses. But plus-size modelling is helping to restore an appreciation of true beauty to contemporary society.

And extraordinary as it may seem, timeless beauty is actually . . . "what's hot now."

Anna (Irene Marie, size 14/16) modelling Aurora D'Paradiso bridal wear:

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