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

 

Bonjour Paris

Meet our Studio Manager…that is Irina. Irina is our wonder-woman of organization who  manages a team of 25 embroidery artisans and gets all our orders shipped out in time.  Additionally, she maintains the extensive Dori designs library and…is our “go to person” for all fashion emergencies. Vogue needs a Dori haute couture piece for a photo-shoot in 2 days? An anxious hubbie desperately needs a pair of Dori’s earrings for a 10 years anniversary that is just around the corner? Irina remains calm and her motto is: “Yes, we can!”. So no wonder we think that she’s awesome and as a fun thank you gift Dori & Giora invited Irina to join them to the Premiere Classe Tuileries show in Paris. And yay! She did.
esti pics - dodo show 046The first few days of Irina’s visit were dedicated to the famous “must-see” spots in Paris (and the burbs) such as Château de Versailles, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Arc de Triomphe. She was even “invited” to a wedding just outside The Louvre…. 🙂

20130304_123935Notre Dame Cathedral

20130302_124859Fontaines de la Concorde

20130304_172125Wedding bells at The Louvre ♥♥♥

Dori enjoyed strolling with Irina in the streets of Paris and showed her some of her
favorite specialty stores.

20130301_224100             They had fun sampling gourmet olive oils at the…olive oil specialty store….

peterhof paris 2          They were drawn to the beautiful matryoshkas (nesting dolls) at Peterhof Paris

20130304_221716      And they tried to guess who would be the perfect cutomer for the hippo head at the
Le Douze antique store. 🙂

And then…it was time to get serious and get ready for the Premiere Classe Tuileries show, so Irina rolled up her sleeves and helped Dori & Giora to set-up the booth and give it the final touches of the Dori signature look… 🙂
20130303_202336                  Dori, Irina & Giora happily pose for a “before” picture on set-up day……

Irina had a good time “touring” the show, finding great designers and peeking at the upcoming fall-winter 2013-2014 trends…

20130301_185935Pasotti umbrellas had on display a medley of umbrellas & walking sticks studded
with Swarovski crystals

20130304_175353Dominique Denaive exhibited his statement resin jewelry pieces

5876599974_837aca34fb_z[1]And Finsk shoes dazzled Irina with their style icon wooden wedges.

sdl-e797But…at the end…Irina’s most favorite item was….surprise surprise…
Dori’s red hot Scandal earrings…. 🙂

After the show ended, it was almost time to go back home, so like a true fashionista Irina rushed to Galeries Lafayette for some fun shopping or rather eye shopping…
20130305_135321But Irina’s trip couldn’t come to an end until her “finding the best macarones in town” mission was accomplished…and the announced winner was….Pierre Herme
pierre-herme-macarons1(1)[1]Bon Appetit! 🙂