Parisian Proto-Goth Beauties, 1910

(The Lene & Nina of their time?)

Darling Madame Darla Teagarden recently shared this image, saying “Early Parisian Goths, 1910. How amazing were they? Very.”

Oh, indeed! VERYvery. That is some unparalleled late fin de siècle bohemia-infused fierceness, for sure. A bit of Google-fu has helped me trace this scrumptious photo as far back as one Mrs. Inman on Flickr. Inman’s photostream is full of all kinds of wonderful vintage postcard scans… she’s a seriously devoted collector and curator. Her tags indicate that this is a century-old French photo postcard from her vast personal archive.

Dang, right?

9 Responses to “Parisian Proto-Goth Beauties, 1910”

  1. heather Says:

    Is it just me or does the one on the right look a little like amanda f palmer? Gorgeous image anyway, thanks for sharing!

  2. Meredith Yayanos Says:

    I can see that. I think she looks a lot like Madonna, actually!

  3. Nadya Says:

    If this wasn’t an old B&W photo, I could believe that it was from WGT. Or from the Edwardian Ball, if that was in the daytime.

    Gal on the right definitely has this “I’LL CUT YOU” look about her.

    I love this!

  4. owlet Says:

    Second the WGT-impression:-D (oh how I miss Leipzig!!!), would make great outfits for the festival and that umbrella is so much cooler than those generic lace-monsters that are being sold today

  5. Kambriel Says:

    My people!

    This photo was likely taken whilst they were attending the horse races at Bois de Boulogne in Paris. Like today, these events were used as an occasion to show off the latest fashions as much as for watching the race. Poiret sometimes showcased new designs on his models here since it was such a high profile event.

    Continuing the tradition, I had some of my own Kambriel designs photographed there back in 2009.

  6. G Says:

    I very intensely love this photo.

  7. danno Says:

    Just beautiful. And we can pretend there is no pretense because of the age.

  8. xtiaan Says:

    very cool image,

    but looking at her photostream it always puzzles me when people disable downloads from images they dont even own, and in this case, half of which seem to be all over the net anyway ( I stopped counting when Id seen 20 of “her” images which I already had saved on my external drive from various wanderings round the interwebs). Seems a tad hypocritical/elitist in an “I found all these great images on the net and Im not letting you have them” sort of way, combined with the worst aspects of goth scene pretension gone digital, ditto for self scans.

    just sayin…

  9. Jennifer @ Auxiliary Magazine Says:

    Wow, very nice find.