Not sure why, but once in a while old Sissydude posts disappear from public view, like this one. Since Walt Cessna’s Tumblr works always reminded me of Carl Van Vechten’s beautiful photos I thought I’d do a repost. Enjoy!
Jan 12/2011: So I’ve just been falling in love with these Van Vechten photos of young up & coming African American stars like Pearl Bailey (picture above), Billy Dee Williams, Jeffrey Holder, Diahann Carroll, Eartha Kitt, Ruby Dee & James Earl Jones… the patterned fabric backdrops, the silly (yet perfect) props… sooooo good. NOW let me share my faves (get ready… there’s a lot). Extensive archive HERE @ BEINECKE LIBRARY
Copyright Sarah Lee – Leon Bridges, gospel and Soul singer from Texas. Shot in Shoreditch for Arts interview.
How could I not LOVE this collection?! Designer Alessandro Michele is still doing his dazzling Wes Anderson meets Peter Max meets Ossie Clark in the Beatrix Potter country side thing (which I’m all for). It’s got a punk yet elite vibe, a Zandra Rhodes romantic feel… yet incredibly opulent. Millionaire hippies basically. I’d wear so much of this stuff… seriously, I do love me some kitties, butterflies & flowers! Those bull head rings tho.
Yes We Can Can! Perfect song for all marching Saturday in support of the Women’s March on Washington.
Thanks Rachel Giese!
Side note: The Pointer Sisters’ 40’s look is one of my fave things of all time… the BEST. So enjoy these lovely photos of the girls working this iconic look…
Photographer: Karl Slater www.instagram.com/slaterkarl/ Stylist: Hannah Rose Fry www.instagram.com/hannahrosefry/
Model: Matt Lister from Established www.instagram.com/mrmattlister/
SISSYDUDE FAVE GOGOGENTLEMAN has a TUMBLR of his nudies!…
first 5 photos by Manuel Moncayo
Likey? GOGOGENTLEMAN TUMBLR HERE!
Jim Wigler & more GOGO-GENT after the jump…
Sometimes I get obsessed/ inspired about someone (or a group of people) and I can’t stop searching for info on them. Recently I’ve had my Hockney LOVE (re-reading 1976’s Hockney by Hockney) resurface and with it, Hockney’s friends- muse Celia Birtwell and “maybe Hockney’s lover” and Celia’s husband and creative partner Ossie Clark. Birtwell popped up recently in 2015 when she collaborated with Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino’s beautiful pre-fall 2015 collection. So here you go. Come join my new obsession! I’ve got Julia Watt’s 2003 book ‘Ossie Clark 1965-1974’, The Ossie Clark Diaries & Birtwell’s 2011 picture book coming in the mail, so I’ll be busy reading and observing images through now and into 2017. Probably share more images as well. Don’t worry… hairy assholes will be coming soon!
Wikipedia: Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy is a painting by the British artist David Hockney. Painted between 1970 and 1971, it depicts the fashion designer Ossie Clark and the textile designer Celia Birtwell shortly after their wedding at which Hockney was Clark’s best man. Hockney and Clark had been friends since the early 1960s. One of their cats sits on Ossie’s knee (the cat in the painting was not in fact Percy — this was the name of one of their other cats — but Hockney thought Percy made a better title than Blanche, the cat he painted). The work is in acrylic on canvas, and measures 2170 x 3084mm in its frame. The painting featured in the final 10 of the Greatest Painting in Britain Vote in 2005, the only work by a living artist to do so. The painting is in the collection of the Tate Gallery.
INDEPENDENT UK: In the painting, Birtwell wears a dress co-designed by her and her husband. Theirs was one of fashion’s most volatile but successful marriages. Success is an odd word to use, given that the couple divorced in 1974, and Clark and his business were declared bankrupt in the early 1980s. But their professional and personal partnership defined the 1960s and 70s, forming a blueprint for contemporary British fashion. That blueprint comprises spectacular shows, painstakingly constructed clothes, a global influence on other designers and, paradoxically, creative abundance shackled by financial reality. Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell represented its first cresting wave – one that inevitably came crashing down. Read the rest HERE.
Hockney drew on both The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck and A Rake’s Progress by William Hogarth in the symbolism and composition of the painting. A copy of Hockney’s own interpretation of A Rake’s Progress is seen on the wall. The positions of the two figures are reversed from the Arnolfini Portrait with the conclusion that Birtwell is the assertive partner. The lilies next to Birtwell, a symbol of female purity are also associated with depictions of the Annunciation (at the time of the portrait Birtwell was pregnant). The cat on Clark’s lap is a symbol of infidelity and envy. In this case, Clark continued to have affairs which contributed to the breakdown of the marriage in 1974.
Author Judith Watt comments: “Celia collaborated with Ossie. This was a joint effort. People say that she was his muse, which indeed she was, but their work absolutely went hand in hand. It was her designs that he used to create his. I think it’s unfair that she not be given that voice”
Ossie was noted, from this period on, for buying six new record albums a week, all from the newest and most popular recording artists. His love of music and art were legendary amongst Ossie’s friends. Also at this time Ossie began to take hard drugs more recreationally with friend and business partner Alice Pollock. “This is when his character began to change” says longtime friend Lady Henrietta Rous.
What price Hollywood? was the title of an early George Cukor film, but is a question every closeted movie star has probably asked himself. In 1930, the top box office star was a gay man. Billy Haines lived with his lover, Jimmie Shields, and never posed on the red carpet with a beard on his arm. By 1933, he was washed up in show business; and by 1936, he had become hugely successful in an entirely new line of work-interior decorator. Out of the Closet, Off the Screen: the Life of William Haines details the extraordinary life of Billy Haines, the only matinee idol who ever decided that Hollywood’s price was too high and walked away from film stardom.
Love this drawing! Look at his arm/chest hairs and that cat. Purrrrfect!
“YOUR ACCOUNT HAS BEEN TERMINATED” FUCK YOU TUMBLR MEGA-POST!!! w/ CECIL, XL, JAKE, TEGAN & “The Rest”…
Cecil Beaton images (some from) and all inspired by the awesome “MattAdore”
SISSYDUDE @ FACEBOOK GROUP on August 4: Just read this interesting piece by Slava Mogutin about censorship on social media. I related a great deal, having myself been “terminated” and “blocked” on several occasions. I lost Sissydude on Blogspot in Sept 2009 (I was Dennis Cooper’d)… with no explanation or warning, been blocked from Facebook for several “month long” periods with no explanation as to why. And seriously, just after reading Mogutin’s article I went to log into Tumblr to find that today my account has been terminated! Ugh. No explanation of course, I’m waiting to hear back. Nine years of curation gone and connection to all the blogs I followed… gone. I think it’s really time to stop all this and go analog and just make real art and stop sharing things I love online. I’ve had enough of this. XO
August 6: Still nothing from Tumblr. I’m sure they won’t be back. So glad I moved Sissydude (thanks Aubs!) to it’s own site/server so many years ago. No one can censor me here. Though I may have take a break at some point. Thanks for coming here everyone! Much love to all. XOXOXO
Just MEGA-ADORE the art direction/ vision and pinkness of WOO YEAH! Solidly AWESOME…
INPSIRED LOOK OF THE DAY: BEARDY MODEL in PRETTY SNAKE & MASSIVE’S CAVEMAN GUU “surfing raw steak through the universe” SWIM BRIEF…
MASSIVE X PRETTY SNAKE SWIM BRIEF: CAVEMAN GUU
Pretty Snake and MASSIVE have teamed up again to bring you the latest in FOIN ASS swimwear. It’s JIRAIYA’s iconic Caveman Guu surfing raw steak through the universe and it will make you want to get wet.
This awesome swim brief fits even more sexy and snug than our first swim drop with Pretty Snake. Made entirely in USA, this item ships from Brooklyn NY.
Model shown wearing a Size L
86% Polyester, 14% Spandex
Printed and Assembled in USA of imported fabric
S (26-28″), M (28-30″), L (32-33″), XL (34-36″), 2XL (38-40″), 3XL (42-44″)
NYT: The British fashion stylist IB Kamara, originally from Sierra Leone, and the South African photographer Kristin Lee-Moolman have collaborated on a project titled “2026,” which addresses heteronormative attitudes to self-expression through fashion. The photographs imagine what men’s wear may look like in 10 years, through the use of fabrics rescued from garbage bins and thrift shops in Johannesburg and made into contemporary garments.
“I wanted to create a utopia where you can be whatever you want to be, without emphasis on masculinity or sexuality,” Mr. Kamara said last week, as he put the finishing touches to the large-scale photographic prints of young African men in dresses now hanging from the walls of Somerset House, one of Britain’s grandest palaces. “I wanted men, in particular black men, to just be able to be and breathe like every other type of man has been able to breathe for centuries, without the pressure and policing of black masculinity lingering over them.”
Articles & Images:
VOGUE RUNWAY: Haute couture is inherently a push-and-pull of old and new: old techniques, new materials; old maison, new designer; old silhouettes, new interpretations. Today, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren transformed their old collections into dramatic new clothes. This wasn’t an ordinary exercise in upcycling, nor a trip down memory lane. Rather, it relied on varying proportions of everyday base layers handwoven with leftover fabrics, boosted with swirling tulle volumes and embellished with heaps of hardware and buttons. Essentially, the designers performed a wondrous feat of conflating rag rugs with riches.
pics @ VOGUE RUNWAY
LOVE these three collections!
We’ll start with my fave pieces for the Valentino Resort 2017 collection and move to Chiuri (off to DIOR?) & Piccioli’s Red Valentino Grey Gardens inspired Resort collection 2017 and finish with Sarah Burton for McQueen Great inspired visuals abound!