I bet you that, through the crystal ball of the last entry, you could see exactly what's coming: a look that has been firing not only my imagination, but that of many others and, since the beginnings of film, with Hollywood itself as a main contributor to creating a fad for exotic temptresses and their sultry ways...
A compound was born, out of mixed ethnic influences not only of gypsy background but coming also from various and exotic travel destinations such as Middle East, North Africa or Mexico (let alone the wonderful land of imagination), melted down to an inch of their life and whipped up in the most exciting hybrid: pure show.
In spite of or perhaps due to its obvious artifice, this look, referred to as exotic, bohemian or sometimes gypsy (with or without cue from reality), responds to my theatrical taste. Not only that, but it is built around a much loved accessory: the good old scarf.
Jean White, via Doctor Macro
Theda Bara, the epitome of the dark vamp, via ibitemyownteeth tumblr
Myrna Darby, via Doctor Macro
Carmel Myers, via Doctor Macro, the very pastiche of gypsy as created by Hollywood
Lupe Velez and Dolores Del Rio, July 1928
via legrandcirque tumblr
Clara Bow photographed by Alfred Cheney Johnston, via adeline's attic tumblr
Mary Brian, via Dotor Macro
Pola Negri via Valentino vamp tumblr
more Pola Negri, via gypsyeyesblog tumblr
actress and opera singer Grace Moore, via valentino vamp tumblr
A lovely lady modelling a stunning scarf on etsy
Joan Blondell, via Doctor Macro
Bohemian scarf look on the catwalk (a previous collection of Galliano's, I think)