Monday, April 7, 2008

Umbrellas Affair

guy de jean's sexy umbrellas - 'inside-out umbrella' produced by guy de jean for jean paul gaultier, 2006 -2008

'corset' umbrella produced by guy de jean for jean paul gaultier, 2006 -2008

'double layered canopy' with the top layer heavily rouched to give a pompadour extravagance,
by guy de jean for jean paul gaultier, 2006 -2008

more sexy lingerie umbrellas produced by guy de jean for chantal thomass, 2006-2008
the umbrellas produced by french company guy de jean will keep the sun off and also the showers.sun protection factor - 50+, tested by the french textile institute. also, specially treated with water resistance.
how to use them?
that umbrella song will not stop playing ever.
the umbrella is derived from a stately family, that of parasol, since it was a protection against the
heat of the sun that it was first used for. the origin of parasols is not clear, but chinese history goes a long way back ... you might want to read about its history here though the difference between a parasol and an umbrella may seem confusing today, it was absolutely clear and unquestionable to victorian society. a woman who carried an umbrella was admitting publicly
that she could not afford to own or hire a carriage for transportation when it was raining.but a woman with a parasol was most assuredly a lady. the main reason for the popularity of the parasol was the admiration for a fair complexion. it was more than a sign of beauty, it proved to the world that it was a woman, who didn't have to work outdoors like 'common' females did. because they were so precious and so expensive, parasols became one of the most popular gifts for a lover to give his sweetheart. like jewelry, they were not a proper present from a young man unless his intentions were serious, and would not be accepted by a lady unless she intended to accept the giver, as well. at the same time like the fan and the lacy handkerchief, the parasol was both an object with a practical purpose and an indispensable aid to the subtle art of flirtation. it could mysteriously shadow a lady's expression, dramatize her sparkling eyes and smile, and even camouflage her imperfections. lady hamilton, lord nelson's notorious, no-longer-young mistress, always favored pink and pink-lined parasols, because the rosy light they cast on her face made her look more youthful.(exerpt taken from 'flirtatious fashions', by kristina harris, 1998)

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