For Bowie fans outside of the UK, BBC4 documentary. Includes rare clips.
Major Tom is a fictional astronaut created by David Bowie, heard in his songs “Space Oddity”, “Ashes to Ashes”, and “Hallo Spaceboy” (particularly in the remix by the Pet Shop Boys). Bowie’s own interpretation of the character evolved throu
David Bowie – Ashes To Ashes (HQ 1080p HD Upscale)
I actually knew a girl who was present when this was shot (long story)!
… is a style i really love!
Clubbing in my hometown (Gothenburg, Sweden) in places with an industrial look (and often combining Cybergoths, Goths, Fetish people and other wonderful freaks ) is an experience i miss a lot.
Personally i prefer the pounding, monotonous industrial type of music to more “bright” rave.
While the term ‘Cybergoth’ was coined in 1988 in the United Kingdom, by Games Workshop, for their roleplaying game Dark Future, the fashion style did not emerge until a decade later. Valerie Steele quotes Julia Borden, who defines cybergoth as combining elements of industrial aesthetics with a style associated with “Gravers” (Gothic ravers). Gravers hybridized “the British Raver look and the NYC ClubKid look with a ‘freak show’ spin.” This fusion between New York and London styles began in 1999.Borden indicates that initially the hair extensions and bright fishnets did not mesh well with goth fashion, but that by 2002 “the rave elements of dress were replaced by Industrial-influenced accessories, such as goggles, reflective clothing, and mostly black clothing.” Steele summarizes:
|“||Today cyber goths tend to wear primarily black clothing with hints of neon colors, as well as clothing made of reflective materials and PVC, and huge platform boots. Their hair extensions or falls often incorporate a bright color and multiple piercings are typical. Goggles are often worn. Some cyber goths also wear gas masks or (in what appears to be a kind of medical fetish) shiny PVC doctors’ masks.
Nancy Kilpatrick indicates that David Bowie‘s look in the 1970s is the initial inspiration for the style, and that Fritz Lang‘s Metropolis provided the prototype for cyber aesthetics.Kilpatrick also notes a link to cyberpunk science fiction, particularly William Gibson‘s Neuromancer.
Cybergoth fashion combines rave, rivethead, and goth fashion, as well as drawing inspiration from cyberpunk and other forms of science fiction. Androgyny is common. The style sometimes features one starkly contrasting bright or neon-reactive theme color, such as red, blue, neon green, chrome, or pink, set against a basic, black gothic outfit. Matte or glossy black materials such as rubber and shiny blackPVC can be mixed and matched in an effort to create a more artificial look.
The black-and-monochromatic juxtaposition can take a variety of forms, including brightly colored hair and make-up, cybernetic patterns such as live LED circuit boards, body modification, gas masks and goggles (especially aviator-style), typically worn on the forehead or around the neck rather than on the eyes. The most common use of a theme color is in the hair or eye make-up. Artificial, extended hair or “falls” are sometimes used to create this added effect. Falls can be made of various materials, ranging from yarn to fluorescent tubing to electrical wiring. Popular club gear for cybergoths includes tight black pants, tight black vests or shirts cut from ripped, solid or fishnet fabrics, resembling costumes from 19th Century Gothic novels or early black and white horror films from the mid-20th century. Companies that specialize in the style include Cyberdog, DANE in London, Pen & Lolly Clubwear based in Sheffield (UK), Lip Service, based in Southern California, Robotic Kitty Fashions which specializes in custom, made to order cybergoth gear, based in Chicago, and Diabolik, a shop in Montreal.
Cybergoth, Dark Electro And Industrial Style
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.
All found here: http://thestuartkings.tumblr.com
Portrait of the Duke of Monmouth 1685c.
Studio of Willem Wissing
James, Duke of Monmouth was one of the seventeenth century’s most colourful and engaging figures. As Charles II’s eldest, though illegitimate, son Monmouth was assured a life of favour and wealth. The King treated him as his favourite, and showered him with high office and honour. But from an early age, Monmouth felt burdened by the inevitable disqualification of his illegitimacy. The frustration born out of it ultimately caused his downfall and execution in 1685.
Portrait of John Evelyn (1620-1706) c. 1648
By Robert Walker
John Evelyn (1620 – 1706) He is chiefly famous for the diary which he kept for the whole of his life, from the Civil War to the reign of Queen Anne.
He took an active part in government, often being consulted by Charles II, and was highly regarded as an expert on both architecture and forestry. His writings also encompass the arts, politics, science and military affairs.
Portrait of George Villiers Duke of Buckingham (1592 – 1628) 1625c.
By Sir Balthesar Gerbier
Buckingham, who was praised for his good looks and charm quickly became a favourite of James I. Under James he rose from the title of Viscount Villiers in 1617 to Earl of Buckingham before being awarded a Marquisate in the following year. When questioned about his admiration for George Villiers, the King, who referred to his favourite as his ”Sweet Steenie” and his “sweet child and wife”, is said to have responded by proclaiming, ”You may be sure that I love the Earl of Buckingham more than anyone else…Christ had his John, and I have my George”.
Portrait of Gertrude Sadleir, Lady Aston of Forfar
Unknown artist, English School Early Seventeenth Century
Portrait of Lady Mary Boyle and her son Charles 1700c.
Sir Godfrey Kneller Bt, Studio of 1646 – 1723
This image is remarkable, and to all present researches, unique in the work of British portrait painters in the decades either side of 1700. There is no immediately comparable image of a mother suckling a child, and despite the obvious references to the Virgin Mary -a play on the sitter’s name- the painting is unmistakeably a true and tender image of motherhood.
Prince Rupert as a boy by Sir Anthony van Dyck