Posts Tagged: La Belle Otero

Dress-down Friday: Liane de Pougy

Postcard images of the grande horizontale

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Dress-down Friday: La Belle Otero

Even given Otero’s reputation it’s surprising just how far she goes: dressed as a nun, a torera and a Byzantine empress; clad in a daring catsuit or scandalously baring her shoulders.

Dress-down Friday: La Belle Otero

Even given Otero’s reputation it’s surprising just how far she goes: dressed as a nun, a torera and a Byzantine empress; clad in a daring catsuit or scandalously baring her shoulders.

Belle Époque Paris

The cultural sector turned out new ideas, forms and sensations at a rate which mimicked the ceaseless flow of products and novelties in the booming consumerist-led economy.

Belle Époque Paris

The cultural sector turned out new ideas, forms and sensations at a rate which mimicked the ceaseless flow of products and novelties in the booming consumerist-led economy.

Otero in motion

This footage, shot in St Petersburg in 1898, vividly communicates the vitality and exuberance which made Caroline Otero one of the highest-paid bed partners of her day.

Otero in motion

This footage, shot in St Petersburg in 1898, vividly communicates the vitality and exuberance which made Caroline Otero one of the highest-paid bed partners of her day.

The quest for Backhouse

Backhouse evidently roamed the globe, summering in Russia with Tolstoy, discovering the joys of eunuch sex in Constantinople and appearing on stage with Sarah Bernhardt in Paris…even the Dowager Empress herself succumbed to his charms.

The quest for Backhouse

Backhouse evidently roamed the globe, summering in Russia with Tolstoy, discovering the joys of eunuch sex in Constantinople and appearing on stage with Sarah Bernhardt in Paris…even the Dowager Empress herself succumbed to his charms.

Feasts, princes, champagne

The life of dancer and courtesan La Belle Otero offers a fascinating insight into sex, power, money, class and fame in the Belle Époque.

Feasts, princes, champagne

The life of dancer and courtesan La Belle Otero offers a fascinating insight into sex, power, money, class and fame in the Belle Époque.