I’m honored to be included in a show of Christopher Makos’ photos on view now at Ralph Pucci International – 44 West 18 St NY, NY 1001. The series is, “Stand Up Portraits” by Christopher Makos and I’m thinking this was taken about 1993. I remember feeling great about just being asked to pose and to be included. Christopher’s photography has always been pure class so I was inspired to try and portray some.
The outfit was a working sample from the Todd Oldham showroom, came with the beret and was returned quite heavily smudged with derma-color pretty much all over the entire inside. Oops. Is it too late to say, “I’m sorry?” Funny the things you remember… Todd and Tony and Angel had quite a few tricks for cleaning the samples though, I remember a paste of Cascade being one of their secret big guns. Was it Granny who discovered that one? Such are the details that remain among the faded spots that make up, “The Stains of Our Lives.” Wait, if my stains are my story then what about all the ones that came out!?
The shoes were the Blahniks I wore in a few of Todd’s shows – black duchess satin (who said duchess satin?) with gold straps and gold “actual woman height” heels. They were so perfectly balanced, it was hard to know you had them on. I once saw Carrie Donovan wearing the same exact style at 60,000 feet in the air while traveling at mach 2.0. True fact. Pointed with no pinch. Comfortable? You put those on and you say, “What shoe?” “Am I wearing a shoe right now?” “Seriously, look at my foot, am I wearing a shoe on my foot right now?” That’s a shoe. What a shoe.
I borrowed the wig from Sister Dimension.
“A wig and a hat, no questions asked.” – that’s a quote from Teri Toye. I never forgot it. Now you never will either.
Please join author and mag mastermind. Michael Economy and the rest of the Pansybeat crew on May 4th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Printed Matter – 231 11th Ave, NY, NY 10001 – in the heart of OUCH (Outer Chelsea) as we celebrate the launch of this important publication. I’m predicting paper cups.
Yes, that’s right maam/sir, fresh copies of the Pansybeat book will be available to the general public for under forty dollars. Yes that’s right sir/madame I did say, under forty dollars.
I’ll tell you what miss/mister, you can barely get home from a Tyler Perry movie for under forty dollars. Not these days…and if you feel like Raisinettes – well – your in over fifty by the time you get home. Raisinettes are high. That’s true.
Between you and me I find this book more entertaining than most feature films as of late. I really do.
OK then sir/madame, I wish you a wonderful evening and I look forward to hearing about the event.
Thursday and Friday, October 22 and 23
Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium
Marvin Feldman Center, Second Floor
The fifteenth annual fashion symposium, Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch, will explore the creative links between Bartsch’s 30 years of sartorial self-expression and its influence on the global fashion scene.
Twenty speakers will discuss the impact and the influence that Susanne Bartsch has had on fashion and nightlife. Speakers include Simon Doonan (Creative Ambassador-at-Large of Barneys New York), Stephen Jones (milliner), and Peter McNeil (professor at University of Technology Sydney and at Stockholm University).
Dr. Ann Ilan Alter, “Costumes, Cross-Dressing, and Masquerades at Parisian Carnival Balls: Transgressive, Reactionary, or Fashion as Usual?” Joey Arias and Dr. Peter McNeil, in conversation” Zaldy and Dr. Valerie Steele, in conversation Waleed Khairzada and Jessica Grindstaff, in conversation Jeffrey Hinton and Billy Beyond (Erb), in conversation, followed by a screening of the film 80’s Is a Blur, by Jeffrey Hinton
You are the night, you are the ocean.
You are the light behind the cloud.
You are the end and the beginning.
-The world where time is not allowed-
There’s no such thing as competition.
To find our way we lose control.
Remember, love’s our only mission.
This is a journey of the soul.
The perfect song is framed with silence.
It speaks of places never seen.
Your home’s a promise long forgotten,
It is the birthplace of your dreams.