Madame Wellington Koo by Horst P Horst, 1942.
In the early part of the Twentieth Century it became fashionable for Chinese women of rank to be addressed as Madame.
An Aesthete's Lament has profiled one of the chicest of these women, Madame Wellington Koo (nee Oei Oui-lan). I think these portraits of her by Horst certainly prove the point.
In our globalised and politically correct society, allure has been traded for acceptance in the name of equality. An inequitable transaction, in my opinion. Madame Koo, and a few other women like her, was, and is, a perfect example of how to preserve one's essence while meeting the world on an equal, and exquisitely shod, footing.
Now playing: Madeleine Peyroux - La Javanaise
Friday, 18 January 2008
Posted by HOBAC at 21:29