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Egyptomania

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” Egyptomania …………..was the renewed interest during the nineteenth century as a result of Napoleon’s  Egyptian Campaign (1798–1801) and, in particular, as a result of the extensive scientific study of Ancient Egyptian remains & culture inspired by this campaign.”  (Wikipedia)

Napeoleon Bonaparte before the great Sphinx (ca 1868) by Jean-Leon Gerome, Hearst Castle.

Napoleon Bonaparte before the great Sphinx (ca 1868) by Jean-Leon Gerome, Hearst Castle.

The Egyptomania that interests me was much later, a hundred years later to be precise, Egyptomania in the beginning of the 20th Century! As you see the seed had already been planted many years before,  Sarah Bernhardt had played Cleopatra (1890) , while Arthur Conan Doyle’s story “Lot No. 249” (1892) helped popularize the evil reanimated mummy. This mesmerizing land had seduced the now popular film industry  and Theda Bara’s vampish silent version of Cleopatra was on everyone’s lips Bara’s transparent, wispy costumes became iconic at a time when fashion was turning away from corseted silhouettes.

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Sarah Berhardt as Cleopatra

Silent film star Theda Bara in Cleopatra

“The Vamp” The unmistakable Theda Bara as Cleopatra

The press had covered Carter’s earlier six seasons of excavations in the Valley of the Kings before his find, so there was a move towards Egypt in fashion and architecture before Carter actually found King Tutankhamun’s tomb in November 1922. The trend was to continue and be reinforced.

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In 1925, International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts in Paris featured clothes that used Egyptian patterns to influence geometric shapes and simple, basic lines. Assiut (Egyptian hand woven net with precious metals woven through) was a status of well traveled bohemian lifestyle.  The starlets off screen would collect Assiut shawls to wear as elegant accessories or even as garments themselves. There were ancient Egyptian patterns on handbags, cigarette holders, and jewellery. Images of sphinxes, lotuses, camels, and palm trees could be found in stores across the world. Kohl was fashionable as eyeliner in the 1910s and 20s, and this vampish look was altered to a heavier, more authentic Egyptian look.

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The starlets off screen would collect Assiut shawls to wear as elegant accessories or even as garments themselves.

Temple of Hathor Dendara, Egypt.

Temple of Hathor Dendara, Egypt.

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The costume drama “House of Elliot” recreates the look with an authentic Dress created from Assuit cloth

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Kohl was fashionable as eyeliner in the 1910s and 20s, and this vampish look was altered to a heavier, more authentic Egyptian look.

Architecture & home decor all fell into this exotic trend

Architecture & home decor all fell into this exotic trend

Coral, Enamel and 18K Gold Suite Including a necklace suspending a phoenix eagle with blue and white enamel body, and plique-a-jour enamel feathers, further decorated with three coral shen symbols

Coral, Enamel and 18K Gold Suite Including a necklace suspending a phoenix eagle with blue and white enamel body, and plique-a-jour enamel feathers, further decorated with three coral shen symbols

THEODOR FAHRNER Art Deco Pendant Gilded silver Enamel Smokey Quartz Marcasite Egyptian revival, German, c.1930

THEODOR FAHRNER Art Deco Pendant Gilded silver Enamel Smokey Quartz Marcasite Egyptian revival, German, c.1930

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Original 1920’s Black silk velvet semi lined ‘Tabard’ style straight tunic dress, sleeveless, split on either side. Highlighted front seam with sheer silver lamé binding. The hem and side splits are embellished by hand with silver embroidery, multi faceted glass stones & silver beads.

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                      Original Antique Egyptian Assuit shawl made from Egyptian cotton net,                               geometric design woven with real silver tape.

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Original Antique Assuit shawl

 

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Scarab Czech glass beads made by The Neiger Brothers Spider brooch made from Czech Lapiz Glass c. late 20’s

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