Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Retro Culture - Cheesecake Pinup Leg-Art

Books of Arbert Vergas and Gil ElvgrenDo you know the term of "Cheesecake"? I don't mean a kind of sweet confectionery, lol.
It means images portraying attractiveness of women with pretty legs who shapely clothed, at times in lingerie, stockings and heels. Cheesecake also correlates with "Pinup" and "Leg-Art", they can be categorized in a similar group of subculture.

Originally modern leg show biz began since end of the 19th century.
French Can-Can has been loved by many people at Moulin Rouge, as you know the movie starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, in Montmartre of cosmopolitan city Paris Lautrec loved to live in.
In 1930s, Marlene Dietrich glittered with her million-dollar legs. She had already got a fame in the screen movie "The Blue Angel" in Europe.
She also met with success after she came to America in the 1939 movie "Destry Riders Again". She was so smart she knew well how to show her attractiveness, prominent figure with beautiful long legs, to advantage.

As for me, I love next generation the most..1950s!
I've got enthralled by so-called midcentury's, glamour Hollywood actresses in photos, posters and illustrations. The first Hollywood goddesses who captivated me were Jayne Mansfield and Marilyn Monroe when I was young, as you can see former articles in this blog. (..actually I'm not sure which one first exactly, I was so young lol.)
I'll write about other international favorite movie stars and goddesses later, for example Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, Raquel Welch and so on.

You can see many cheesecake related stuff in many posters, calendars, T-shirts, advertising publicity, postcards, figures in magazines and comics. Also you might have seen some pictures painted on the nose of airplane.
The thumbnail picture shows some works of Alberto Vargas and Gil Elvgren which I have. I really love them.

In recent days I recommend some illustrations of Olivia De Berardinis and Hajime Sorayama, comics of Buichi Terasawa. In addition, you can learn more it's history and variety in my respecting site.


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