HOTARIOUS SQUARED!!! The MET BALL 2013… it’s all about weird NABOO styles & Pris/Rachel eyes… and I’m all for this!
To step into the world of Swiss photographer Karlheinz Weinberger is to fall down a rabbit hole of such a specific homoerotic fashion obsession that to crawl out would be a missed opportunity.
Zurich-based KHW was a lifelong factory worker by trade, but by nature he was a portrait photographer who zoned in on his erotic obsessions, consistently male, who changed along with fashion itself from teenagers to rockers to bikers as the decades progressed. In the early ’60s KHW began photographing the Halbstark, aka the Half Strong, and these are the images with which he is most closely identified as a photographer. The Halbstark were a tribe of denim-wearing, rock and roll fanatics who took the cliché of the new American phenomenon, “the teenager,” and turned it on its head with sly, deviant rock ‘n’ roll fashion rampant with homo-erotic overtones.
KHW’s was a world populated by feral, sly, outsiders, disdained by their conservative Swiss parents who fashioned their own “gangs” and wore their own “colors” consisting of uniquely customized jeans and leathers that proclaimed their counterculture allegiance. Wearing precious denim and leather, they were walking shrines to their American heroes with giant belt buckles emblazoned with pictures of Elvis and James Dean and Brando. They slung heavy industrial chains over their cowboy shirts and striped tees.
The male Halbstark replaced the zippers of their jeans with bolts and laced them with chains. The women teased their hair into ratty towers and downplayed their femininity with denim jackets and scratchy mohair sweaters. The Halbstark obsessed over and fetishized their trans-Atlantic icons as Weinberger obsessed and fetishized over them. As an observer and recorder of a weird, shifting youth culture, KHW’s images are fascinating. As a record of a twisted, crazy fashion movement they are priceless. READ THE FULL STORY HERE @ HUFFPOST GAY
Audrey Hepburns Oscar Dress
“…The dress also featured in the last scene of the film when Princess Ann meets the press; but when Audrey wore it to the Oscars she had ‘Givenchy-fied’ it. Although originally designed by Edith Head, who also won the Academy Award for Costume Design for the film, Hepburn completely changed the bodice. Taking inspiration from Hubert de Givenchy, it now cut straight across the front, plunging low at the back with pretty spaghetti straps. That night Audrey Hepburn was the personification of elegance and style.”
—-Christine Babington Smith
WIKIPEDIA: Brideshead Revisited is a 1981 British television serial produced by Granada Television for broadcast by the ITV network. The serial is an adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s novel Brideshead Revisited (1945). Although John Mortimer was given a credit in the titles, Valerie Grove’s A Voyage Round John Mortimer revealed that Mortimer’s script was never used and that the series was actually written by the producer Derek Granger and others. The bulk of the serial was directed by Charles Sturridge, with a few sequences filmed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg.
Broadcast in eleven episodes, the serial premiered on ITV in the UK on 12 October 1981, on CBC Television in Canada on 19 October 1981, and as part of the Great Performances series on PBS in the United States on 18 January 1982.
In 2000, the serial placed tenth on a list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes compiled by the British Film Institute, based on a poll of industry professionals. In 2007, the serial was listed as one of Time magazine’s “100 Best TV Shows of All-Time.” In 2010 it was placed second in The Guardian newspaper’s list of the top 50 TV dramas of all time.
Episode 1: “Et in Arcadia Ego” (Original UK airdate 12 October 1981; 100 minutes) In the spring of 1944, disillusioned Army captain Charles Ryder is moving his company to a new Brigade Headquarters at a secret location he discovers is Brideshead, once home to the Marchmain family and the scene of both pleasant and anguished visits for the younger Charles.
Seeing the house for the first time in many years prompts a recollection of Charles’ first meeting with Lord Sebastian Flyte, the Marchmains’ younger son, at Oxford University in 1922, and the rest of the narrative flashes back to that time forward. At Oxford, two young men quickly bond and, although his cousin warns him to avoid Sebastian and his inner circle of friends, Charles is fascinated by them, particularly flamboyantly foppish Anthony Blanche. Short on funds, Charles finds himself fitfully spending the summer holidays in London with his indifferent and rigid father Edward until an urgent message from Sebastian sends him to Brideshead, where Charles is introduced to a world of wealth and privilege dominated by a powerful devotion to Catholicism.
WATCH ALL THE REST OF THE EPISODES AFTER THE JUMP…
I love riding a bike… but not in the city. I can’t do it. These clothes are just for that! But, I love the look of them so I bought 2 of the long-sleeved shirts & a pair of the shorts (I think I want that suit jacket thing too).
Lots of cute details like slanted pockets on the lower back areas of the shirts (places to put your stuff) and added fabric & stitching on the crotch/ass areas of the pants/shorts. I’m 6ft 5in and the sleeves on these shirts fit me really well! kinda LOVE these. Who knew!
‘special care’, ‘you’re the one’ & ‘charity ball’ and a TEAriffic advert too! – FANNY (via gavin e.)
“One of the most important female bands in American rock has been buried without a trace. And that is Fanny. They were one of the finest… rock bands of their time, in about 1973. They were extraordinary… they’re as important as anybody else who’s ever been, ever; it just wasn’t their time. Revivify Fanny. And I will feel that my work is done.” — David Bowie (1999, Rolling Stone)
Fanny was an American all-female band, active in the early 1970s. They were one of the first notable rock groups to be made up entirely of women, the third to sign with a major label (after Goldie & the Gingerbreads and The Pleasure Seekers), and the first to release an album on a major label. They achieved two top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and released five albums.
The men’s fashion revolution is in full swing, with looks ranging from ’30s styles to a revival of grunge and mouth grilles.
SISSYDUDE LOVES: Clara Ward & The Clara Ward Singers on the FLIP WILSON show (1971) & MORE! (for Grant)
Clara Ward & The Ward Singers sings on The Flip Wilson Show in 1971 with a medley of songs like “Come On In My Room”(Clara), “I Sing Because I’m Happy”(Agnes) & “Dry Bones”(Malvilyn). If you see a hairdo with a white stripe in it it’s Clara’s mother Madame Gertrude Ward ( The Professional Business Woman in Gospel)
Left to Right: Madeline Thompson (Tambourine), Agnes Jackson, Clara Ward, Viola Crowley, Alice Houston and Dr. Malvilyn Statham (Tambourine)
Clara Ward (April 21, 1924 – January 16, 1973) was an American gospel artist who achieved great success, both artistic and commercial, in the 1940s and 1950s as leader of The Famous Ward Singers.
A gifted singer and arranger, Ward took the lead-switching style used by male gospel quartets to new heights, leaving room for spontaneous improvisation and vamping by each member of the group while giving virtuoso singers such as Marion Williams the opportunity to step forward in songs such as “Surely, God Is Able” (among the first million-selling gospel hits), “How I Got Over” (which she wrote; one of the most famous songs in the Black gospel repertoire), and “Packin’ Up”. READ MORE @ WIKIPEDIA
MORE AMAZING performances after the jump!