The decade of the 1960's brought such a turning point in popular culture, a revelation and a revolution of the spirit and mind. All those cool suits, shoes and moves from Elvis to the Beatles and the Stones, all that makeup, great hairdos
And fashion creativity from Bolan to Bowie to Siouxie and the Banshees and Robert Smith's Cure. To be young and cool, your only insurance was the impression and influence of words from lyrics, cool clothes and a teenage dream.
"Rock n Roll is King
From Blues to Jazz,
From Rock to Punk,
From Glam to Gothic,
From New Wave to New Age.
So you want to be a Rock n Roll Star".
And a dream it was, triggered by the mannequin in the window of some store you saw earlier that day and the first scene was at the cinema showing a non-stop film footage fest from "Dracula" to "Nosferatu", or the innocent coolness in "Born to Boogie" and the killer looks in "Velvet Goldmine" or the outrageousness of "Rocky Horror Show".
Then came the second scene like a flash of lighting, the place a downtown
library remembering seeing, reading and imagining the characters, the style,
the antiquity, the setting, the fashion and dress of the times as well as
the spark of inspiration from pages upon pages of book after book.
Charles Dickens' "David Copperfield", Bronte's "Wuthering Heights", and certainly "Jane Eyre", the ladies frocks and dresses and the men's jackets and coats, numerous books by Edgar A. Poe filled with suspense, mystery and imagination in cellars and gothic arched halls in "The Raven" or "The House of Usher". The eloquence and elegance of style was also ever present in other books like "Poldark" and "Rapunzel" where the beauty and art in their dress really made the lady and the man.
A costume showroom was the place of the third scene where one could see the romantic, antique and spartan costumes of the French revolution or the world ushering in the modern age through the structured, transforming corsetry of the Victorian era. Or for instance how about the back stage decadance of the Moulin Rouge, or the cheeky fluff of fans and feathers of the vaudeville burlesque.
"The greatest thing in the art of corsetry
is that the corset seduces the body
and makes beautiful like desire
is made by temptation".
The last scene of this dream occurred in a gallery where one could see the
beautiful inspiration in the style and color of Botticelli's "La Primavera"
and the sensuousness of "The Birth of Venus", or the mystery of
beauty in the inspired scenes of the sensuous delight and desire of the female
enigma very well captured in the colors of flesh and desire.
Artists like George Frederic Watts, John William Waterhouse, Edward Burne-Jones, Frederic Lord Leighton,
Willian Bonguereau as well as a few others with color and brush, made mystery, beauty, imagination and desire become flesh on canvas. From Venus or Aphrodite
To the Lady of Shallot, Ophelia, Tristan and Isolde, Cyber,
Narcissus, Adonis in personifications of sirens, mermaids,
nymphs, enchantresses, virgins, gods and goddesses.