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A lovely overview of Omnia Vanitas coordinates!   (/^-^(^ ^*)/ ♡

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Did you enjoy the Omnia Vanitas tea party? Take a look at this cute video (/^-^(^ ^*)/ ♡

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Thanks so much to Princess fancypants for this adorable video report!   (☆ω☆)

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We are ready to start sharing beautiful videos and blog posts about Omnia Vanitas, take a look at this overview of the Indie brands Fashion show  ヽ(♡‿♡)ノ

♡ Guest Announcement ♡

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We hope you’re ready for today’s announcement, because it’s an exciting one!

Street Fashion Europe is honoured to introduce you to our second guest for Omnia Vanitas, Victorian Maiden! ヾ(。・ω・)シ

Victorian Maiden was founded in 1999 and is one of the best-known Lolita brands. Its elegant style with a strong 19th Century European feeling has made a lot of lolitas fall in love with their designs.

We are happy to welcome Aya Nimura, Victorian Maiden’s designer, to Omnia Vanitas, where you will be able to learn more about the brand at our Q&A and chat with her during our tea party. For the first time in a Street Fashion Europe event, you will be able to see Victorian Maiden’s designs during our fashion show and buy your favourite pieces at their stall o(*≧∀≦)o

Let’s make them feel like home in our Street Fashion Europe family! (´∀`)♡

Make sure you follow our event page for more updates on guests, vendors, donators and more!

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I saw a few people making “the last 12 months in selfies” posts, and thought that was pretty neat.  But since I can go months without aiming a camera at myself, I couldn’t do one myself.

So instead, after a bit of rummaging through the archives, I present: The Last 12 Years In Selfies, or A Brief Timeline of Vanity, Occasional Ridiculousness, and the Misuse of Eyeliners.

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vanitas is a type of symbolic work of art especially associated with Northern European still life painting in Flanders and the Netherlands in the 16th and 17th centuries, though also common in other places and periods. The Latin word means “emptiness” and loosely translated corresponds to the meaninglessness of earthly life and the transient nature of vanity. Ecclesiastes 1:2 from the Bible is often quoted in conjunction with this term. The Vulgate (Latin translation of the Bible) renders the verse as Vanitas vanitatum omnia vanitas. The verse is translated as “Vanity of vanities; all is vanity” by the King James Version of the Bible, and “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless” by the New International Version of the Bible.
…By the 15th century these could be extremely morbid and explicit, reflecting an increased obsession with death and decay also seen in the Ars moriendi, Danse Macabre, and the overlapping motif of the Memento mori. From the Renaissance such motifs gradually became more indirect, and as the still-life genre became popular, found a home there. Paintings executed in the vanitas style were meant to remind viewers of the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death. They also provided a moral justification for many paintings of attractive objects.

1. 17th century Dutch still life vanitas by Adriaen van Utrecht

2. from Vanitas by Guido Mocafino

Omnia vanitas (All is Vanity). William Dyce, R.A.(Scottish,1806–1864). Oil on canvas. © Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Dyce was elected a full Academician in 1848, presenting Omnia Vanitas as his Diploma work. In this painting Dyce demonstrated his interests in historical and religious art while also alluding to a very Victorian pre-occupation, the ‘fallen woman’ - represented here in the guise of the repentant Magdalen.