Patrick Kelly

A Moment for Patrick Kelly

It's too often the case that recently passed designers, struck down before their creative peak, are simply forgotten, cycled out of memory by an accelerating fashion system. The American designer Patrick Kelly, a perpetually upbeat Mississippian, is one such case. With the clarity of hindsight, his work in the 1980s — before his untimely AIDS-related death in 1990 — is proving to be much more trailblazing than he's given credit for.

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Dec 21, 2016 08:46:00
Tom of Finland

Tom of Finland, the Movie, Has Been a Long Time Coming

Without a doubt, Tom of Finland is a Finnish national treasure. His explicit drawings of ultra-macho men who love men are among the most collected queer images of the 70s and 80s, even gracing the hallowed walls of MoMA. Everything from Diet Coke commercials to Tom Ford's marketing fantasies owe a debt to the lustful libertine, the master of the bulge. His fellow countrymen even made a stamp in his honor some years ago.

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Dec 19, 2016 18:57:00
Nudie Cohn on Dolly Parton, Elton John, Elvis Presley

The Shock of the Nudie Suit

With all the denim and western influences of the fall collections so far, let's revisit the flamboyant, kitschy, rockabilly look of the Nudie Suit by Nudie Cohn, the Rodeo Tailor.

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Dec 18, 2016 15:12:00
Monmon Cats

Cats with Tats

Tattooing for over twenty years, Kazuaki Horitomo is well-versed in the ancient tradition of tebori, Japanese hand-tattooing that utilizes a blade rather than a mechanized needle.

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Dec 17, 2016 14:40:00
Méret Oppenheim

A Moment for Méret Oppenheim

Méret Oppenheim was one of few women in the ranks of the Surrealist movement of the 1920s and 30s. A formidable provocateur, the German-born Swiss Surrealist artist held her own in the boys club and was a muse to many...

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Dec 16, 2016 20:29:00
Putin Fan Club

Putin Fan Club

In 2007, Hungarian-born photographer Bela Doka documented Russian kids so enamored with Vladimir Putin — who was shrewdly turning up the propaganda to maneuver around his presidential term limit, slated for 2008 — that they formed the Putin Fan Club.

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Dec 13, 2016 21:00:00
Li Xiaofeng

Porcelain Man

There's ceramic art, then there's Li Xiaofeng. The Beijing-based artist creates outfits not from fabric, but from shards of old dishes — very old dishes.

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Dec 11, 2016 18:33:00
Pieter Hugo X Hood By Air

Respect for Jamaica's Underclass

Turns out photographer Pieter Hugo's fantastic images of Jamaican porn actors, sex workers, and assorted 'gully queens' — so named for the large drain underneath the city of Kingston in which they live — wearing archival pieces by Hood By Air were just the beginning.

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Dec 07, 2016 20:10:00

Hello, Man Coif

Move over, man bun. The 70s man coif, a tonsorial triumph, is making its heroic return. Or at least we'd like it to. Can it please, men?... 

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Dec 07, 2016 13:26:00

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