garden of allah
early hollywood debauchery and decadence amongst a community of bungalows and a grand mansion belonging to a diva from the silent era
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
Her private lifestyle gave rise to widespread rumors of outlandish and allegedly debauched parties at her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, in West Hollywood, California, known as "The Garden of Alla", built in 1919. This mansion in 1927 became the Garden of Allah apartment-hotel complex. In later years, she continued to live in one of the villas there. She coined the phrase "sewing circles" to hide the scandalous lesbian affairs.