For Bowie fans outside of the UK, BBC4 documentary. Includes rare clips.
Billie Dove, born Bertha Bohny, (May 14, 1903 – December 31, 1997) was an American actress
She was born to Charles and Bertha (née Kagl) Bohny, Swiss immigrants. As a teen, she worked as a model to help support her family and was hired as a teenager by Florenz Ziegfeld to appear in his Ziegfeld Follies Revue. She legally changed her name to Lillian Bohny in the early 1920s. and migrated to Hollywood, where she began appearing in silent films. She soon became one of the most popular actresses of the 1920s, appearing in Douglas Fairbanks’ smash hit Technicolor film The Black Pirate (1926), as Rodeo West inThe Painted Angel (1929), and was dubbed The American Beauty (1927), the title of one of her films.
She married the director of her seventh film, Irvin Willat, in 1923. The two divorced in 1929. Dove had a huge legion of male fans, one of her most persistent being Howard Hughes. She shared a three-year romance with Hughes and was engaged to marry him, but she ended the relationship without ever giving cause. Hughes cast her as a comedian in his film Cock of the Air (1932). She also appeared in his movie The Age for Love (1931).
At the height of the Roaring ’20s, Louis B. Mayer acclaimed her the “most beautiful woman in Hollywood,”
Alice Babs (born Hildur Alice Nilsson on 26 January 1924) is a singer and actor from Kalmar, Sweden. While she has worked in a wide number of genres – e.g. Swedish folklore, Elizabethan songs and opera – she is best known internationally as a jazz singer. Making her breakthrough in Swing it magistern (Swing It, Teacher!) (1940), she appeared in more than a dozen Swedish language-films. Despite playing the well-behaved, good-hearted, cheerful girl, the youth culture forming with Alice Babs as its icon caused outrage among members of the older generation. A vicar called the Alice Babs cult the “foot and mouth disease to cultural life”.
In 1958, she was the first artist to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in 4th place with the song “Lilla stjärna” (“Little Star”). The same year, she formed Swe-Danes with Ulrik Neumann and Svend Asmussen. The group would later tour the United States together, before dissolving in 1965. A long and productive period of collaboration with Duke Ellington started in 1963. Among other works, Alice Babs performed his second and third Sacred Concerts that were originally written for her. Her voice had a range of more than three octaves; Duke Ellington said that when she did not sing the parts that he wrote for her, he had to use three different singers.
Alice Babs currently resides in Sweden.
Seeing as Michael Jackson wore a fedora as one of his signum attributes i just had to have something about the hat here (there was a couple of Michael Jackson documentaries on TV recently).
After all, is there any head gear more iconic for male wearers?
It looks darn good on women too, possably because it has such male insinuations.
A fedora ( /fɨˈdɔːrə/) is a felt hat most commonly worn by men. The term is usually generic, describing any men’s hat that does not already have another name; a few fedoras have names of their own, including the trilby.
The hat is typically creased lengthwise down the crown and “pinched” in the front on both sides, though the creasing does not define the hat. Fedoras can also be creased with teardrop crowns, diamond crowns, center dents, and others, and the positioning of pinches can vary. The typical crown height is 4.5 inches (11.4 centimeters).
The brim is usually approximately 2.5 inches (6.3 centimeters) wide, but may be wider, can be left “raw edged” (left as cut), finished with a sewn overwelt or underwelt, or bound with a trim-ribbon.
The term fedora was in use as early as 1891. Its popularity soared, and eventually it eclipsed the similar-lookingHomburg (which is also a type of fedora). Fedoras can be found in nearly any color, but black, grey, tan (“fawn”), and dark brown are the most popular.
The word fedora comes from the title of an 1882 play by Victorien Sardou, Fédora, written for Sarah Bernhardt. The play was first performed in the United States in 1889. Bernhardt played Princess Fédora, the heroine of the play, and she wore a hat similar to what is now considered a fedora. The fedora had been a female fashion. When the fedora became a male fashion item in the late 19th century, it was popular for its stylishness and its ability to protect the wearer’s head from the wind and weather. Since the early part of the 20th century, many Haredi and other Orthodox Jews have made black fedoras normative to their daily wear.
The hat is sometimes associated with the era of Prohibition, Great Depression–era gangsters, and detectives. Film stars in the 1950s popularized the fedora in their movies. In past Hollywood movies, the fedora was widely worn. In the late 1950s, the hat began to lose favor in the West due to the advent of more casual clothing.
The fedora enjoyed a revival only a few years after its waning popularity, dating back to the mid-1970s. The fedora as a personal statement has made impacts on American and global culture: Indiana Jones popularized his fedora in the Indiana Jones franchise.Among historical figures: Coach Tom Landry wore a fedora while he was the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. It would later become his trademark image. A cenotaph dedicated to Landry with a depiction of his fedora was placed in the official Texas State Cemetery inAustin at the family’s request. In addition the Cowboys wore a patch on their uniforms during the 2000 season depicting Landry’s fedora. Michael Jackson frequently wore a fedora in public appearances, concerts and video clips. In the television series Fringe, the mysterious figures, the Observers, all wear fedoras. In Phineas and Ferb, the pet platypus Perry, who is a secret agent, is known for wearing a fedora.
Combining and composing
Usually when i think of a fedora i think suit or zoot suit but it is amazing with what you can actually combine it to create a very special look.
Thinking back i HAVE seen it worn with almost everything.
These sets of attributes are so known that almost anyone on earth would recognize them even without a person in them.
They are like iconic attributes, brands or logos.
You Can Leave Your Hat On – Nine and a half weeks 16:9 widescreen-Joe Cocker
What I think most of us overlook is just how stylish Frank Sinatra was. His ability to make a suit look comfortable, something as accessible as a t-shirt and jeans, is a feat no one man has matched to this day. The lazy fedora, the sway of the cigarette in hand, the not so straight yet perfect pocket square. All these elements he made classic, easy, and straight up cool as all hell.