Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Nancy Cunard


I discovered the amazing Nancy Cunard a while ago, but due to the fails of my memory I instantly forgot her name. However, thanks to the interview Chloë Sevigny gave to UK Elle I rediscovered her.

The polifacetic Nancy Cunard was a born in 1896 into an English wealthy family. She soon rejected her background, and started fighting racism and fascism.

In the 20's she moved to Paris, where she was in touch with people like Man Ray or Aldous Huxley. This atmosphere made her publish her first poems, establishing years later the Hours Press to support young and upcoming writers and discovering people like Samuel Beckett.

Nancy dressed according 20's fashion, but her signature touch were the bangles she brought from her frequent trips.

Unfortunately, life wasn't very kind to her. During her last years, she suffered mental illness aggravated by drugs, and ended penniless.


Song: Walk away - Ben Harper

9 comments:

Bobble Bee said...

What an amazing woman. I have read wonderful stories about her! And look her style... WOW
Cecil Beaton was friends with her, imagine how beautiful such couple of friends!

susie_bubble said...

I love that biography...

Héloïse J. said...

she was emblematic. love that biography too. +maybe you remember one photoshoot of 2007 with Kate Moss for W mag (i think) which was clearly inspired by Cunard's style!

aka scrunchie girl said...

If Chlöe likes her, i love her. Kiss!

Mash said...

you're welcome for the make-up help sweety ;)

Allure said...

Héloïse: yeah, totally! You could tell for the bangles mainly.

indie said...

ooh

I love stories of tragic belles in the old days..

nannies crochet said...

her collection of bangles are amazing!!

FASHIONPICS said...

LOVELY BLOG

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