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The Art: I’m pretty much obsessed with this Josephine Baker shot, not that I could ever pull off the banana skirt myself. Josephine’s sex appeal is exuded in everything from her dance like pose to her flapper cropped hair, not to mention her topless, banana skirt clad body. I think I’ve looked at this image a million times, but I’d like to blow it up on a canvas.
The Piece: It’s the closest I’ll ever get to wearing a banana skirt or else it’s Halloween. I can calm down a little because it’s a bracelet, so a wardrobe malfunction is totally out of the picture. It’s like a small symbolic tribute to one of the greatest style icons that’s ever bewitched me. I can thank Michelle Lowe-Holder for the beautiful but demure cop out that I’ve found in the small gold folded cuff.
Josephine Baker had it all, she broke barriers, and danced her way through life with a glamor that is insurmountable. Fringe, feathers and chandelier earrings reigned over Josephine Baker’s look. Although I’m a little dismayed that I can’t find a decent modern interpretation of the iconic banana skirt (completely ignoring Beyonce’s attempt) these picks will definitely suffice. She made her mark in the civil rights movement, was the first black woman to star in a major motion picture, and her risque style was just the tip of the iceberg. As far as I’m concerned, I’d like to perfect my French by laying around with a gramophone belting the sweet vinyl melodies of Josephine Baker’s ‘J’ai deux amours’. If I were to decorate a room in my house a la Madame Josephine I’d jazz up the fringe on everything from tapestries to lampshades, and ensure there was an envy worthy vinyl record collection to accompany this beautiful gramophone. As for dressing the part: I’m thinking a fringe skirt like this one from Cynthia Rowley, a fringe-y feathered kiss-lock clutch like this one from Magid, and the best part is the set of purple-blue Swarovski crystal clip on Evelyn earrings from Dannijo.