Constantinople “Lady”

I love this image. It’s a photo from National Geographic . The caption reads:

“Perched on a tassled divan, swathed in silks, her face demurely veiled, this elegant Constantinople lady just might not be a lady.

“Western curiosity about the Ottoman imperial harem created a demand for exotic postcards like this in the early 1900s (the National Geographic Society’s archives received this photo in 1911). But because Islamic tradition discouraged Turkey’s Muslim women from being seen by men who weren’t their husbands, photographers sometimes asked men to pose dressed as women.”

Well this “lady” may be a he, but I’d love to know where he shops.

~ by Tess (Piyadassi) on November 30, 2009.

2 Responses to “Constantinople “Lady””

  1. How fun. Rock the casbah, baby!

  2. Turkey was secular, at least until recently. Hijab/scarf wasn’t required before.

    Be careful!

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