MARIA:

     Icon of Dangerous Robotic Style

Brigitte Helm as the two Marias in Fritz Lang's 1927 deco-scifi masterpiece METROPOLIS has it all goin' on: Sweet, understated woman-of-the-people, uber-stylized evil robotrix, uber-stylized robot disguised as hip-shakin' temptress, and uber-stylized evil robotrix disguised as sweet, understated woman-of-the-people. That disguise can't work for long... After all, when you're that smokin' hot underneath, it just has to come to the surface.

 

The robot Maria's memorable and influential exoskeletal skin was crafted of polymerized wood fiber. The original no longer exists and was most likely destroyed in the Second World War.  But the image lives on to influence design and pop culture for generations to come...

...to watch my METROPOLIS-inspired music video of obsessive Maria lust. Better yet, feel free to support the arts by downloading the song here:

Wake up my look, Rotwang
Wake up my look, Rotwang

...make me hot.

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The ultimate pearl headpiece
The ultimate pearl headpiece

is this magnificent creation for Maria in her seduce-'em-at-the-Yoshiwara look. The sheer silk top is almost redundant. I mean, who's gonna notice?

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When you're uncomfortable
When you're uncomfortable

...in your skin, it's time for a change. Evil Maria is about to lose her disguise to the flames. But, really, isn't she hot enough?

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Anything for beauty
Anything for beauty

Even this soul-sucking, Maria-transferring device.

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If you were this hot and evil
If you were this hot and evil

...you'd dance, too. Admit it.

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Behind every runway
Behind every runway

...there's a team of stylists. Brigitte Helm cools herself so her hot outfit won't set the room on fire.

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Becoming
Becoming

...fabulous

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Before Claude Montana
Before Claude Montana

...there was robotrix Maria to show us how hard + soft = hot.

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The benefits of exercise
The benefits of exercise

are evident in Evil Maria's super-flex dance moves.

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Perms are out
Perms are out

...unless they give you a wicked exoskeleton.

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Only her electrician knows
Only her electrician knows

...and he's not tellin'. Because he's dead.

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Sheer fabrics
Sheer fabrics

...are made for this.

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The flowing sleeves,
The flowing sleeves,

glowing candles, and angelic look can't fool us. Or can they? The chaste, shapeless bodice and plain collar give it away: It's Good Maria... the one who WON'T give it away.

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Before Shakira
Before Shakira

...there was Maria to tell us that hips don't lie. Except these do, because they conceal a robot.

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And before there was Lady Gaga
And before there was Lady Gaga

...there was Lady Maria. Everything old is new again. But never as drop dead awesome.

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Show's about to start.
Show's about to start.

One last touch from the style team and this model is ready to hit the runway.

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Sheer magic.
Sheer magic.

In fashion, it's not what you see, or what you don't see... It's what you think you MIGHT see that keeps you looking.

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Darling of the runway
Darling of the runway

Fashion season, Fall 1927.

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Wow.
Wow.

Just wow.

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A woman becomes an icon.
A woman becomes an icon.

All it takes is the right stylist. And black magic. And 40,000 volts.

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Toast of the fashion season
Toast of the fashion season

The runway was made for Maria, and Maria was made for the runway.

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