“He moved to Bangkok shortly after I moved to Mexico City, and when I decided to move there six months ago, he sweetly invited me to be his roommate! We, naturally, had a clothing optional house, and I photographed him quite often in the course of our daily lives. Here he is, modeling at my apartment in Bangkok, my roommate and good good friend!” - felix d’eon
more from D’Eon’s blog HERE
D’Eon’s lovely work HERE
TASCHEN: Every harrowing day for a serviceman during World War II was potentially his last. To help bolster troops against the horrors of combat, commanders encouraged them to form tight “buddy” relationships for emotional support. Many war buddies, together every moment, and depending on each other to survive, formed intimate friendships. When they weren’t fighting side by side, they relaxed together, discharging tension in boisterous—sometimes naked—play. The full extent of nude horseplay among men during World War II can’t be known, as cameras were rare and film hard to process, but some men did document this unprecedented male bonding in small, anonymous photos mostly kept hidden away until their deaths.
Los Angeles photographer Michael Stokes has spent years searching out these photos and building an archive of over 500 images. His collection includes soldiers and sailors from Australia, England, France, Italy, Poland, Russia, and the USA, cavorting on the sand in the South Pacific, shivering in the snow of Eastern Europe, posing solo in the barracks, and in great happy groups just about everywhere. These images show men barely out of boyhood, at their physical peak, responding to the reality of battle by living each day to the fullest—a side of the war never before made public.
The introduction is by Scotty Bowers, an 89-year-old ex-Marine and author of Full Service, the best-selling memoir of his sexual exploits in Hollywood, and how the war forever altered his attitudes about gay and straight, just as these photos may alter our attitudes about World War II and war buddies.
“Celebrating the golden age of the Television Variety Show… for better or worse.”
I couldn’t LOVE THE REDUNDANT VARIETY HOUR more! Miss Barbara Bain singing, Liza singing in German, Margaux Hemingway singing… badly. It’s all here with the help of Safety Gays and Wiglets! Seriously, if you call yourself a gay… bookmark this blog and watch a few clips everyday… and tell them Sissydude sent ya! CHECK IT OUT HERE
watch this in motion HERE
Private Birthday Party is a private collection of found photographic slides that depict Kansas City’s early drag ball culture throughout the 1950s and 1960s. With over 200 images, this collection is a rare, important look into the rich history of mid-century drag ball culture in middle America.
Thanks Dusti Cunningham!
Luigi + Iango for Vogue Germany, April 2014, Opulenz À La Marie Antoinette & Kopfarbeit (via LE BEEHIVE)
NYT: In 1968, 20 years after his arrival in New York and before he made his name chronicling fashion and society in pictures for The New York Times, Bill Cunningham began another fashion project, a body of work that became a 1978 book, “Facades,” and is the subject of a delightful yet subtly profound exhibition at the New-York Historical Society through June 15.
“Bill Cunningham: Facades” is the result of a long-term collaboration between Mr. Cunningham and his friend, fellow photographer and neighbor at Carnegie Hall Studios, Editta Sherman, who died last year at the age of 101. Like Mr. Cunningham, “the Duchess of Carnegie Hall” was a devoted collector of vintage clothes. On weekends, Mr. Cunningham photographed her on the streets of New York wearing ensembles put together from their collections. Each image matches clothing with architecture that exemplifies the period, ranging from the late 18th century to the 1950s. The exhibition features most of the 88 gelatin silver prints from the series, which Mr. Cunningham donated to the New-York Historical Society when the book was completed. READ THE FULL STORY HERE.
“MY BOYFRIEND” CHRIS BROWN in DARK NEON LIGHTS for Men’s Health Best Fashion March 2014 (via FORD MODELS BLOG)
*note, for some reason the pics after the jump show up HUGE (which is nice) but if you want to see the full image just click it and it will become smaller and you will see the full image.
FORD MODELS BLOG: After starring in composed campaigns for the likes of Strellson and Dunhill London, Ford Men’s Chris Brown shows a more rough-and-tumble side for the newest issue of Men’s Health Best Fashion. Shot by Sven Bänziger, the editorial sees Chris exploring the city of Hamburg after hours. With bruised knuckles and a silver chain around his neck, this is a guy you wouldn’t mind running into in a dark alley.
Producer: Yilmaz Aktepe
Photo Assistant: Mico Cvijetic
Hair/Makeup: Marco Hülsebus,
Styling Assistant: Christian Schiebold
My January 14/2014 NEW BOYFRIEND POST of CHRIS BROWN HERE!!!
A 1934 linen dress printed with New York buildings at Allan Katz Americana. Credit Philip Greenberg for The New York Times (click image twice to see the details)
Perhaps the most captivating fashion statement this season in New York was not on the runway or the street, but at the Winter Antiques Show: a modest black and white vintage dress, in mint condition and priced at $135,000, displayed by Allan Katz Americana, that was vigorously photographed, shared on Instagram and Facebook, and pinned on Pinterest.
The design was simple, with cap sleeves, a V-neck and a long full skirt. There was a cloth belt and two small cherry-red Bakelite buttons. But it was the fabric that truly astounded. It was a dynamic photographic tour of 1930s New York City: Grant’s Tomb, the Automat, the Empire State Building, illuminated marquees for a James Cagney movie, and signs for Planters Peanuts and Maybelline. In his catalog, Mr. Katz wrote, “The amazing manipulation and blending of these images create a surrealistic collage.”
Story on the show HERE
SISSYDUDE LOVES: Valentino Fall RTW 2014… PERFECTION (click images twice to see the detailing up-close)