In this version of the painting in the Louvre of Gabrielle d’entrees and the Duchesse de Villars, Chadwick Hall expresses a feeling for Gothic elegance we have inherited from sixtheenth-century France.
The Last Gothic Revival
When was the last time the Gothic mood gripped us? It was a chastened, classicised generation which emerged from the holocaust. Michael English recreates the extravagant style of the last Gothic revival.
The Gothic Face
Pearly-morning colours, translucency, the innocent palate of the illuminators. This is the Gothic look in beauty. In the photograph, Pablo from Elizabeth Arden has created the make-up for Helga Antonia Jones.
Queen’s High Gothic View
…of the Englishwoman 1970…The chrysalis has become a butterfly: The Englishwoman has shed her TIRED GREY TWEEDS and taken wing, gorgeous in ALL the colours of the rainbow – Silks, Satins Velvets, to wear at any time of the Day or Night. This is the new Gothic Dressing.
The new Englishwoman was found at home in a swampy forest not far from the East End of London where she lies with her companion Jasper and her two tame toads, Huntingdon and Hartford…’I love walking and I spend a lot of time sitting on tree trunks. I find this dress wonderfully practical and I wouldn’t be without it.’
‘In the country one always needs something to throw on at a moments notice. This coat and skirt struck me immediately.’
‘I am completely unintellectual in any shape or form, but I do have a sense of history, and I love dressing up.’ ‘…I admire the Wife of Bath enormously…’
‘Ophelia is my heroine. I think she was the most Gothic person who ever lived. Did she live, actually, or was she made up?’
Excerpt from : Scenario for a Morbid Movie by Anthony Haden-Guest
We open with a sequence of images of death. They will be touching. Like the Millais Ophelia, the Death of Chatterton, the Princes in the Tower. There will be a few contemporary images to add a touch of astringency to the sugar content – the newsprint deaths of the Americans and other documentary matters – but our mood is elegiac.
The sound-track will be equally agreeable. Scraps of dirge, a few Famous Last Words, reference perhaps to various Shakespearian demises, and the deathbed of Little Nell. Mainly there will be music, sobbing in the background, dreamily undemanding, like the stuff that thrums in hotel lifts and landing airliners.
The tempo will soup up. The images of death with be intercut with images of an inviting girl. She will be laid out in various positions of rigour mortis. Meantime the music picks up yet more speed, spinning to a glutinous climax of collegiate Rock and Roll. The effect will be vivacious. by Anthony Haden-Guest
I was in a past life and forevermore will be a Gothic at heart – here’s to the next Gothic Revival! xx Natasha xx