Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Mariko Magic: Whom the Angels Name Lenore

Dream-like images of the romantic hold a fascination for me. Myths and folklore. Scenes of ruined landscapes. Ancient estates and families, once thriving, now long fallen into decay. Dark Byronic scions of aristocracy struggling with hidden secrets, inner conflicts, and repressed passions. Hauntingly lovely, yet fragile, heroines who are drawn to their fates like moths to an all consuming flame. The rational giving way to the irrational and the fantastic. It's a deliciously atmospheric mix. This collection of pictures presented here is my hopeful evocation of romanticism and a portrait of 'the rare and radiant maiden whom the angles name Lenore.'

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                 Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
          Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals ever dared to dream before

And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

                       Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
                       And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
                       Eagerly I wished the morrow;--vainly I had sought to borrow
                       From my books surcease of sorrow--sorrow for the lost Lenore--
                       For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore--
                      Nameless here for evermore.

                     Excerpts from The Raven, Annabel Lee, and A Dream within a Dream
                     By Edgar Allan Poe

I found this wonderful dress for my Lost Lenore at Shiki, in their 50% off discount room. It's called The Vermillion Dress. It was designed by Shinichi Mathy, ower of Shiki Designs, and is on sale for L$300. The Vermillion dress comes complete with a short sculpted skirt, sculpted sheeves with ribbons, a ribbon belt, and a long flexi prim skirt with a beaded belt. I was initially atracted by the dress's japanese chrysanthemum print - which is a well-known japanese textile design. Although, not a historical period fashion, it worked so well in evoking a romantic sense of innocence and delicate beauty that I wanted for Lenore.

And this hair is so perfect for this dress and for my Lenore. It's the latest hair from DrLife and is called Qian. DrLife's hair employs a fantastic color technology which consists of 11 color textures and 10 filters that can be combined using the menu to create over 100 different colors. Qian sells for L$350.

Shiki Designs

DrLife Skins and Hair are available at Mariko in Mont Saint Michel

The pictures were taken in the grotto under the Villa Vesuiana in Westphalia. These photos are windlight free.

Principato di Melioria, Villa Vesuiana in Westphalia

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