March 2nd, 2014

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Madeleine Vionnet (June 22, 1876 – March 2, 1975)

Madeleine Vionnet (June 22, 1876 – March 2, 1975) was a French fashion designer. Called the "Queen of the bias cut" and "the architect among dressmakers", Vionnet is best-known today for her elegant Grecian-style dresses and for introducing the bias cut to the fashion world.

Born into a poor family in Chilleurs-aux-Bois, Loiret, Vionnet began her apprenticeship as a seamstress at age 11. After a brief marriage at age 18, she left her husband and went to London to work as a hospital seamstress. While in London, Vionnet worked as a fitter for Kate Reily. Vionnet eventually returned to Paris and trained with the well known fashion house Callot Soeurs and later with Jacques Doucet. In 1912 she founded her own fashion house, "Vionnet". In the 1920s Vionnet created a stir by introducing the bias cut, a technique for cutting cloth diagonal to the grain of the fabric enabling it to cling to the body while moving with the wearer. Vionnet's use of the bias cut to create a sleek, flattering, body-skimming look would help revolutionize women's clothing and carry her to the top of the fashion world.

Madeleine Vionnet believed that "when a woman smiles, then her dress should smile too." Eschewing corsets, padding, stiffening, and anything that distorted the natural curves of a woman's body, her clothes were famous for accentuating the natural female form. Influenced by the modern dances of Isadora Duncan, Vionnet created designs that showed off a woman's natural shape. Like Duncan, Vionnet was inspired by ancient Greek art, in which garments appear to float freely around the body rather than distort or mold its shape. As an expert couturier, Vionnet knew that textiles cut on the diagonal or bias could be draped to match the curves of a woman's body and echo its fluidity of motion. She used this "bias cut" to promote the potential for expression and motion, integrating comfort and movement as well as form into her designs.

Vionnet's apparently simple styles involved a lengthy preparation process, including cutting, draping, and pinning fabric designs on to miniature dolls, before recreating them in chiffon, silk, or Moroccan crepe on life-size models. Vionnet used materials such as crêpe de chine, gabardine, and satin to make her clothes; fabrics that were unusual in women's fashion of the 1920s and 30s. She would order fabrics two yards wider than necessary in order to accommodate draping, creating clothes - particularly dresses - that were luxurious and sensual but also simple and modern. Characteristic Vionnet styles that clung to and moved with the wearer included the handkerchief dress, cowl neck, and halter top.



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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madeleine_Vionnet

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David Stukas

David Stukas has not written any screenplays, has never received a Pulitzer, and is not a regular contributor to National Public Radio. SOMEONE KILLED HIS BOYFRIEND is his first book. He lives in Palm Springs, California and is now using the pseudonym of David James.

"Author of 4 previously published comedy mysteries under my real name, David Stukas, I'm striking out in new series of twisted novels which I'm calling the Amanda Thorne Mysteries. My first book is irreverant, laugh-out-loud funny, and of course, has a bloody good trail of corpses to follow to the thrilling conclusion. Gay people will love it. Straight people, too. Let's face it, I am appealing to a broad market here because I want to sell some books. Set in the wacky city of Palm Springs I choose to call home, readers will recognize the colorful characters and locations that inspired my novel, but any similarities to people living or dead is purely coincidental and I have a team of powerful and bloodthirsty lawyers willing to back me up on this. So don't try anything. That means you, Mark.

Enjoy"

Source: http://authordavidjames.blogspot.com/

Further Readings:

Someone Killed His Boyfriend by David Stukas
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Kensington (July 1, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0758200412
ISBN-13: 978-0758200419
Amazon: Someone Killed His Boyfriend: A Summer of Sex, Sun and Murder in Provincetown

This fantastic debut novel introduces Robert, an underpaid, lovelorn copywriter for feminine hygiene products, his gorgeous, fabulously rich and totally shallow best friend Michael, and their pal, the statuesque, equally lovelorn Monette. Michael is about to say goodbye to his bed-hopping past and marry hunky Max Crawford - when Max suddenly turns up dead. Now the three friends are pulled into a Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew investigation as they follow the trail of a murderous Bette Davis impersonator, and start looking for the truth - undercover...

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It Happened Today: March 2

Charles Perez & Keith Rinehard: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4236821.html

Charles Perez (born March 2, 1963) is a former American television news reporter, anchor and former talk show host. In September 2009, Perez married his partner, Keith Rinehard, in Westport, Connecticut. In 2010 they have adopted a baby girl in Kansas: Madeline Michele was born Friday, July 9 at 10:06 a.m. in Hutchinson, Kansas. Confessions of a Gay Anchorman, Perez's autobiography, was published in 2011. Perez was the main evening anchor at Miami's ABC affiliate WPLG.

D.H. Lawrence (September 11, 1885 – March 2, 1930): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3488210.html

D.H. Lawrence married Frieda Weekley, from an aristocratic German family. Women in Love is based partly on Lawrence's clamorous relationship with the writer Katherine Mansfield, her husband, the literary critic John Middleton-Murray, and Lady Ottoline Morrell. It was during the composition of Women in Love that Lawrence, frustrated by his failure to forge a deeper bond with Murray, evidently had a sexual relationship with a Cornish farmer named William Henry Hocking in the town of Tregerthen.

David Stukas: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/1193008.html

David Stukas has not written any screenplays, has never received a Pulitzer, and is not a regular contributor to National Public Radio. He lives in Palm Springs, California and is now using the pseudonym of David James. SOMEONE KILLED HIS BOYFRIEND is his first book: this debut novel introduces Robert, an underpaid, lovelorn copywriter for feminine hygiene products, his gorgeous, fabulously rich and totally shallow best friend Michael, and their pal, the statuesque, equally lovelorn Monette.

John Gray & Marc-André Raffalovich: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/2870631.html

John Gray's life partner was Marc-Andre Raffalovich, a wealthy poet and early defender of homosexuality. Raffalovich himself became a Catholic in 1896. When Gray went to Edinburgh he settled nearby. The two maintained a chaste relationship until Raffalovich's sudden death in 1934. A devastated Gray died exactly four months later at St. Raphael's nursing home in Edinburgh after a short illness.

Madeleine Vionnet (June 22, 1876 – March 2, 1975): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3488373.html

Madeleine Vionnet was a French fashion designer. Called the "Queen of the bias cut" and "the architect among dressmakers", Vionnet is known today for her elegant Grecian-style dresses and for introducing the bias cut. Vionnet dominated haute couture in the 1930s setting trends with her sensual gowns worn by such stars as Marlene Dietrich, Katharine Hepburn and Greta Garbo. Vionnet's vision of the female form revolutionized modern clothing and the success of her unique cuts assured her reputation.

Matthew Mitcham & Lachlan Fletcher: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3488750.html

Matthew Mitcham (born 2 March 1988 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) is an Australian diver. He is 2008 Olympic champion in 10 m. Mitcham gained media coverage in Australia as reporters thought he was the first Australian to compete at the Olympic Games as an openly gay man at the time of his competition. Mitcham's then boyfriend, Lachlan Fletcher, attended the 2008 Summer Olympic Games as a spectator. His trip was sponsored by a grant from Johnson & Johnson's Athlete Family Support Program.

Michael Denneny (born March 2, 1943): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3085361.html

Michael Denneny, working for St. Martin's Press, was one of the first editors to publish openly LGBT material in the early 1970s, and he bought the highly literary, experimental novel and enthusiastically likened it to Angels in America. He planned to market it as a "gay novel," but he discovered that his straight colleagues "wondered why I thought of Angels in America as a "gay play" - they just saw it as an award-winning play about AIDS. So we decided to market KoolAIDS as a "literary" novel."

Renata Borgatti (March 2, 1894 – March 8, 1964): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4237142.html

Renata Borgatti was an Italian classical musician. In 1918, she entered into an affair with an Italian socialite Mimì Franchetti, until Franchetti left Capri and linked with American artist Romaine Brooks. Borgatti had an affair with Faith Mackenzie, whose husband Compton Mackenzie wrote Extraordinary Women, about a group of lesbians. In 1920, she also began a liaison with Brooks lasting at least 3 years. During the early-1920s, she became intimately involved with Winnaretta Singer.

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: The Princess and the Outlaw

Lesbian Anthology / Historical Romance
The Princess and the Outlaw by Jean Roberta
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (September 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590214919
ISBN-13: 978-1590214916
Amazon: The Princess and the Outlaw
Amazon Kindle: The Princess and the Outlaw

The women awaiting you in these pages might be fierce Amazons in ancient Greece, maidens and princesses of the medieval era, ingenues like Alice awaiting new and more sensual adventures beyond the rabbit hole, or outlaws and pirates. But each and every one is open to the delights and passions of flesh and fantasy. Most of the couplings are with other women--friends, confidantes, instructors, lovers--but the wealth of erotic encounters is not solely confined to the Sapphic. These are, after all, a selection of erotist Jean Roberta's finer historical short tales. So do not fear a bit of prick for the open petals which may be parted by another woman's hand. Embrace what we all have down below, what we choose to expose and explore.

Charities Donation program progress:
25$ Point Foundation: www.pointfoundation.org/
25$ Lambda Legal: www.lambdalegal.org/
25$ YouthCare: www.youthcare.org/
53$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/
107$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/
125$ Cancer Research Institute: www.cancerresearch.org/
140$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/
275$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/
TOTAL: 935$*

* more than 150$ is a direct donation from a supporter of the Rainbow Awards who isn't submitting; while some authors were more than generous, arriving to donate 5 times the suggested amount, being the submission fee a non mandatory and voluntary direct donation, we were struggling to raise the same amount as last year and there is who decided to cover part of it. I thank you for all you are doing, and if you wish to donate to the above links, please drop me a note with your donation and I will update the total.

2014 Rainbow Awards Guidelines: reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4162490.html

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Gray and Harrison by Tracey Michael

Office romance is a my kink, probably due to my chosen profession. I can relate to the office dynamics, and yes, even to the worries Harrison was having in being involved with Gray, who was one of his employees. This is not a long novel, actually it's a novella, so it's not surprise that the reader was plunged right in the middle of the action, meaning that, attraction is already in place and both Harrison than Gray know each other well, and also that both of them are available, and willing in body if not in mind. There is no hesitance of such, is he gay or not, is he interested or not, and the only obstacle is their professional relationship.

I enjoyed how both were sincere with their feelings, how they didn't deny what it was, and that, even if with hesitance, they were trying to find a way to make it work. Sure, they aren't perfect machine, and so misunderstandings are natural, and that is what makes the story. But there was chemistry between these two and this was the good part of the story.

If I have to find a little fault in the story, they were two events, not so essential to the story, that didn't ring right to my reading: first, ending on the tv news for being stuck in a blocked lift for 1 hour, even if you don't have better things to show, that isn't at all a worthy news to air; second, an emergency doctor who asks out to his patient even before he is dismissed, I think that, at least, he would have waited for the patient to be home. Anyway, maybe this is my perception from big town inhabitant, I didn't catch exactly where these two were living, maybe it was in a medium-small town and so what it sounds strange to me, it is normal to them.

Publisher: Siren Publishing (July 3, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: Gray and Harrison

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Feedback

Every two/three years I need to push people to come out from lurking, also to understand if what I'm doing is good for someone else other than me ;-) so please, this time I'm asking you to comment here and tell me if you read this blog, what you like, what you don't like; do not worry, I'm not stirring polemic, it's a genuine interest in knowing the people reading this journal, cause I know you are out there! Thank you! Elisa



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