Venus – Now & Then…

Venus is the Roman mythology counterpart to the Greek Aphrodite. She embodies sex, love, beauty, enticement and seduction. And with such persuasive female charm, no wonder she was and still is a leading muse to artists, thinkers, poets and…dreamers….

Venus of Willendorf, a small statuette of a female figure estimated to have been made between about 28,000 and 25,000 BCE. Although it pre-dates the mythological Venus by millennia, the figurine earned the nickname “Venus” thanks to her emphasized parts of the body that are associated with fertility and childbearing. Researchers believe that the voluptuous Venus may have portrayed a fertility goddess.

Venus of Willendorf

Venus of Willendorf

Aphrodite of Milos, better known as the Venus de Milo, is one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture. The de Milo statue is praised by many artists and critics as the epitome of graceful female beauty.

Venus de Milo

Venus de Milo on display at the Louvre, Paris

During the Renaissance period in Europe Venus became a popular subject of painting and sculpture. As the goddess of sexuality, a degree of erotic beauty in her presentation was justified, which appealed to many artists and their patrons. Since Venus-Aphrodite was born of sea-foam, The Birth of Venus by Botticelli as well as countless other artworks depict her rising from the sea in a clam.

Birth of Venus by Botticelli

Birth of Venus by Botticelli

Dr. No, filmed in 1962 and starring Sean Connery was the first James Bond film. Ean Fleming the author of James Bond series had a specific painting in mind when he wrote the scene of sexy Honey Rider rising from the sea in front of an excited James Bond (hint: check the above Botticelli painting). In what later became an iconic moment in cinematic and fashion history, Ursula Andress rose out of the Caribbean Sea in a white bikini sporting a large diving knife and two seashells.

Ursula Andress, iconic Bond girl

Ursula Andress, iconic Bond girl

In 1986, the British girl group Bananarama remake of the song “Venus” (originally written & sung by the 60’s band Shocking Bluebecame a hit. The music video for “Venus” received heavy airplay on MTV.  It featured the group in various costumes including a devil, a French temptress, a vampire and a Roman goddess.

Venus video by Bananarama

Venus video by Bananarama

For her fall-winter 2014-2015 collection Dori took a classic yet fresh approach to the Venus theme. Basking in golden glow that brings to light feminine fluid shapes and delicate shell-like textures, Dori’s Venus is timeless.. and just like the goddess, positively irresistible…. 🙂

Venus earrings by Dori Csengeri

Venus earrings by Dori Csengeri

 

team Dori holiday wish list

‘Tis the season when….he’s making a list; he’s checking it twice; gonna find out who’s naughty or nice…. And while we at team Dori are not made of sugar and spice, we’re most certainly nice…so here’s what’s on our Holiday wish list this year…

much love from Dori

Dori’s ♥ list:

guggenheim-bilbaoI’m facintaed with the Frank Gehry “Guggenheim Museum” Bilbao, Spain. I’m amazed how Gehry incorporated “light” as one of the structure materials.  The reflections from the titanium scales create a sense of movement and I would love to just sit and watch how the the whole structure seems to alter throughout the day.

new zealandI’m a big fan of “The Lord of The Rings ” trilogy.  The scenary in the movies is out of this world…but… I would need to overcome my fear of heights before attempting a lord of the rings new zealand tour…oh well, at least I have tickets for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”…thank you Peter Jackson…. 🙂

Esti our store managerEsti’s (store manager) ♥ list:

Radiohead in concertI LOVE Radiohead and would be thrilled to get concert tickets (VIP box tickets anyone???) to anywhere in the world….London, Paris, Berlin….here I come… 🙂

marathon

I started running this year and if all goes well I plan to run the Tel Aviv marathon 2013, so being in top shape and…a pair of great running sneakers are pretty much at the top of my wish list.

desert rose earrings

One of the greatest team Dori perks is getting sneak peeks on Dori’s “latest and bestest”.  Here’s to the Desert Rose earrings from the spring-summer 2013 collection. I can hardly wait to see them at the store and get “to play” with them… 🙂

esti pics - dodo show 046Irina’s (atelier manager) ♥ list:
free diveSeeing the world from a bird’s-eye view, being able to fly and…the unbelievable adrenaline rush…what’s not to love about skydiving????

kakslauttanen-igloo-village-finland-thumbWinter is my favorite season and my idea of an ideal vacation is all about cuddling in front of the fire place, walks in the woods and watching the snow falling outside my window…

bellagioAfter seeing so many movies about Vegas, I’m very curious to have a firsthand “Las Vegas experience” …preferably with 1 or 2 million Dollars in my pocket to cover my “necessary expenses”…  🙂

sharon @ NYIGF 2011Sharon’s (USA sales & marketing) ♥ list:

meerkats

Ever since watching Meerkat Manor on Animal Planet I’ve been obsessed with these lil’ fellas. I’m practically all packed and ready to go to South Africa’s Kalahari desert…and being on the tall side,  I’m sure that the meerkats would be happy to stand sentry on my shoulder…or head… 🙂

 Super Bowl XLVI

My name is Sharon and I’m a NY Jets fan….need I say more? 😦  And even though the Jets are not going to make it to the playoffs this year…my inner quarterback would love to see super bowl XLVI live from New Orleans 

bog-p891It’s not a nice thing to do…but I do play favorites with Dori’s jewelry pieces. And this time, I fell head over heels in love with Bogart the blue-eyed quirky pin….

share with us your holiday wish list… 🙂

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL OF YOU AND YOURS!!!! 🙂