By James DC
The legendary spectre of Louise Brooks, born over 100 years ago, commands a shimmering, hypnotic hold over 21st century art and pop-culture, still highly influential to the realms of fashion, photography, literature and film. Brooks was born in 1906 and died in 1985. Between that three-quarter of a century she, and her various artistic collaborators, created a modern day icon – a spectacular, multi-faceted myth, which conflated her screen persona with her own irrepressible and often fantastic – and fatalistic – personal life. With her famous bob hairstyle, classical features, prodigious acting talent and fiery intelligence, she embodied the archetypal 1920's flapper; an ethereal Art Deco beauty as well as a lethal, seductive vamp.