Category: 1960s

Decadent Photos!

Decadent Photos!

Finally! Here are some photos from Decadent: 100 Years of Burlesque. From Dandy Dillinger’s 1920s showgirl fabulosity to Candy Applebottom’s 2010s tribute to staying connected, we traveled through time on Saturday, April 22 and never looked back. Thanks to everyone who came out to The Triad and made the voyage so fantastic.

1920s

Dandy Dillinger kicks us off with an ethereal number reminiscent of a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis.

1930s

Ruby Mechant gives us some 1930s glamour with just a touch of Italian sass.

1940s

Spicy L’amour blows her bugle for the boys “over there.”

1950s

Shimmy LeCoeur shows us the devil in disguise with her tribute to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

1960s

Hellz Kitten asks the age-old question, “will you still love me tomorrow?” with a shocking twist at the end.

1970s

Munroe Lilly loves to love us and takes another little piece of our hearts.

1980s

Luscious Lane revisits the Cold War with a “pop” of color.

1990s

Tutu Toussaint gives us montage of the best ’90s hip-hop.

2000s

Twinky Boots takes the red pill with his tribute to the Matrix.

2010s

And finally, Candy Applebottom lights up our world with her sassy futuristic moves.

Behind the scenes:

Photos: Veronica Toone

 

Party Like It’s 1969: The Old Fashioned

Party Like It’s 1969: The Old Fashioned

Yes folks, it’s the ’60s and cocktail parties are all the rage. Here’s a great article  on how to throw the perfect ’60s soirée. All you need is booze, bacon (to wrap everything in, natch) and of course, a boatload of cream cheese.

But you’re going to need something to wash down your bacon-wrapped cream cheese, so how about Don Draper’s favorite drink, an Old Fashioned?

Esquire calls the Old Fashioned the “OG cocktail” and it’s hard to argue with that.

The Old Fashioned

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Ingredients
2 oz. rye or bourbon
3 dashes Angostura bitters
1 Sugar Cube
Club Soda
1 old fashioned glass

Directions
Place sugar cube (or 1/2 teaspoon loose sugar) in an Old Fashioned glass.
Wet it down with 2 or 3 dashes of Angostura bitters and a short splash of club soda.
Crush sugar with a muddler
Rotate glass so sugar grains and bitters give it a lining
Add a large ice cube
Pour in the rye (or bourbon)
Serve with a stirring rod and garnish with an orange slice (and a maraschino cherry) if you’re so inclined.

Variation: You can also muddle the sugar and bitters with an orange slice and cherry for a fruity version that would probably make Don Draper angry. (Oh who are we kidding, Don would drink anything.)

Recipe: Esquire

There you have it – the perfect drink to quaff while banging your secretary.

And don’t forget to get your tickets to Decadent: 100 Years of Burlesque.

Fashion Flashback Friday: The ’60s

Fashion Flashback Friday: The ’60s

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, peeps! We hope you’re getting your green on today. And speaking of fashion, the ’60s had some dope styles.

’60s fashion ran the gamut from buttoned-up and tailored at the beginning to wild and crazy at the end. Jackie Kennedy was the style icon of the early ’60s, with her tailored, smart Chanel-type suits and pillbox hats. The mid-’60s gave us the bright colors and patterns of the Mod movement and by the end of the decade, “anything goes” and hippie chic were all the rage.

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Early ’60s dresses resembled ’50s styles
More ’50s style in the ’60s. Tight waist and full skirts. Shorter hemlines, though.
And then along came Jackie
And her pillboxes
And effortless style
Women copied her look
Women copied her look
The mid-60s gives us the mod look, with bright patterns and colors.

Twiggy was the mod “It Girl”
She embodied the “pixie” look
Audrey was another popular pixie
Brigitte Bardot rocked the sex kitten scene
More Brigitte
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The Babydoll look was big in the mid to late '60s
The Babydoll look was big in the mid to late ’60s.
More babydoll looks
More babydoll looks
And then there were the hippies…London’s Carnaby St.
More British hippies
More British hippies
Festival hippies
Festival hippies
Protesting hippies
Protesting hippies
Who needs fashion? 1967
Who needs fashion? (1967)
Men's silhouettes were tighter
Men’s silhouettes were more tailored to the body
Mod Men, London
Mod Men, London
Male hippies
Male hippies

We hope you liked this groovy journey through history. To see more ’60s fashion, including hair, shoes and accessories, try the sites below. They have amazing info and you can even buy stuff.

vintagedancer.com
retrowaste.com
whowhatwear.com
twiggylawson.co.uk

Be sure to come back next week as we dust off our bell bottoms and tackle the Me Decade.

And if you haven’t gotten your tickets for Decadent: 100 Years of Burlesque you can do so HERE.

Have a great weekend!
xoxo

The ’60s: To Hellz and Back

The ’60s: To Hellz and Back

Hellz Kitten channels Betty Draper
Instagram: @hellzkittennyc
Websitehellzkitten.com

 The ’60s were explosive, uprooting everything from music to art to fashion to politics and taking us from the staid ’50s to the “anything goes” ’70s. Hellz Kitten is obsessed with the ’60s, so who better to represent this debaucherous decade?

 1. What is your favorite thing about the ’60s?
I love everything about the ’60s, from the clothes to the music. I like how the decade started out buttoned up and conservative, but by the end, all bets were off and YOLO was the name of the game. I mean it probably wasn’t good for society, but it looks like a lot of fun.
 
2. If you could have drinks/dinner with any person from that era, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
Well, Don Draper, obviously, since I’m obsessed with Mad Men and because despite all his faults, he’s a gentleman who knows how to treat a lady (at least in the moment).
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 But I’d also like to get into Jim Morrison’s leather pants.

Or maybe a young(ish) Marlon Brando (although he’d probably bore you death with his causes all night).

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I’d love to see Janis Joplin live.

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And maybe someone who could teach me how to do a cat-eye properly.

3. Is there anyone from today you think embodies the idea of the ’60s?
I’m hopeless about today’s pop culture, unless Wendy Williams is talking about on Hot Topics. But there are a lot of songs on my “Hipster Cocktail Party” Pandora station that sound kinda neo-groovy, so I’ll go with that.
Come get groovy with Hellz Kitten on April 22 at The Triad.
Click HERE to buy tickets for Decadent: 100 Years of Burlesque
Throwback Thursday: Burlesque of the 1960s

Throwback Thursday: Burlesque of the 1960s

Hello lovers,

Welcome back to our overview of burlesque history. Well, it’s the ’60s. Between the censorship of the ’50s, when a lot of clubs were closed, and the general loosening of society, burlesque as an art form was pretty much over. Around this time, club owners began asking dancers to mingle with the audience in a bid to increase alcohol sales, a front-runner to lap dance culture at the modern strip club. It was no longer about the tease, but about the hard sell to increase revenues. As one dancer put it, “anyone willing to get naked could get work.”

In 1960, the Playboy Club opened in Chicago. While it didn’t feature dancers, it employed beautiful women in bunny costumes to serve drinks.

Despite Playboy’s later reputation, the club was swank and classy rather than sleazy. Members were known as “keyholders” and you could even take your wife, although it’s unclear how many men actually did that. Eventually, clubs opened all over the world and featured some of the most famous musicians and comedians of the era. Being a keyholder was a major status symbol.

Another fad born of the ’60s is the go go dancer, which is said to have originated (appropriately enough) at L.A.’s Whisky A Go Go. Modeled on a Parisian bar of the same name, the Whisky opened on the Sunset Strip in 1964 and became one of the most famous (or notorious) clubs of the decade, hosting pretty much every famous act you would associate with the era, from The Doors to Jimi Hendrix to The Beatles. The club is still in business today and some of the most famous rockers of the last 50 years have played there. The club featured dancers in “cages,” who eventually became known as “go go dancers.”

Another famous dance club of the era was NYC’s Peppermint Lounge, which also claims to have invented go go dancing.

The Peppermint Lounge is said to have launched the Twist craze of the early sixties, and according to lore, the go go dancer evolved out of people dancing the twist on tables. Wherever it started, the go go dancer is one of the most iconic symbols of the ’60s.

In 1964, a dancer named Carol Doda made international headlines by becoming one of the first public topless dancers at San Francisco’s Condor Club.

(She was also known for having her breasts injected with silicone, taking her from a size 34 to a size 44, earning them the nickname “San Francisco’s New Twin Peaks.”) Her act showed her descending from the ceiling onto a baby grand piano, where she would perform a few numbers before being raised up again. She is credited with launching San Francisco’s topless craze (which I guess was a thing?).

Finally, meet Tammi True, who worked during the ’60s at Jack Ruby’s Dallas nightclub The Carousel Club (yep, THAT Jack Ruby!).

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Ruby and dancers

She actually had to testify in Washington during the investigation into Ruby’s murder of JFK shooter Lee Harvey Oswald.

Ruby shooting Oswald

So there you have it. While burlesque wasn’t big in the ’60s, you could still see your share of beautiful women shaking and shimmying. Come back next week to explore the ’70s with us!

Check out these sites for more info:

burlexe.com
loti.com
burlesquebabes.wordpress.com
retrospace.org

Did you miss a week?

1920s
1930s
1940s
1950s

AND! If you haven’t bought tickets for Decadent yet, you can get them HERE. See you at The Triad on April 22!

xoxo