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Rita Hayworth by Richard Avedon

oldhollywood: Alla Nazimova & Arthur Jasmine in Salome (1923, dir. Charles Bryant) Production designer Natacha Rambova based much of Salome’s decor and costumes on the decadent illustrations Aubrey Beardsley produced for the first edition of Oscar Wilde’s play Salome. The above still is a recreation of Beardsley’s The Peacock Skirt

In 1931, Photoplay magazine declared that Mexican film actress Dolores del Rio had the "best figure in Hollywood." And while we're loathe to praise any article -- old or new -- that judges women based on their bodies, the piece reveals some interesting things about the way an "ideal body" was discussed and imagined 80 years ago.

Lionel Barrymore, John Barrymore, & Joan Crawford from Grand Hotel (1932)