theatrical clothing

The Duet (1624). Gerrit van Honthorst (Dutch, 1592-1656). Oil on canvas.

A hearty man and an alluringly clad young woman stand together over an open book singing by candlelight. Their lips parted in song, the couple wears sumptuous, theatrical clothing of feathers, fur and brightly colored fabrics. The flame of the partially obscured candle provides the only illumination and bathes the soft fur of the man’s robe and the bare skin of the woman’s breast in a warm glow.

Portrait of an actress named Jennie Goldthwaite, c. 1880′s/1890′s.

Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I was sitting in my bath, submerged in bubbles, listening to Radio Luxembourg when I heard David Bowie for the first time. “There’s a starman waiting in the sky.” I thought it was such an interesting song and that he had a really unusual voice. Soon I was to hear that track everywhere, and Bowie’s music became a part of my life.
Was it Bo-Wie, Bowie or B'wee? Everything about him was intriguing. When I saw him on Top Of The Pops he was almost insect-like, his clothing was theatrical and bizarre; was that a dress? No one was sure, but my conclusion was that he was quite beautiful. His picture found itself on my bedroom wall next to the scared space reserved solely for my greatest love - Elton John.
A fantastic songwriter with a voice to match, Bowie had everything. He was just the right amount of weird, obviously intelligent and, of course, very sexy. Ziggy played guitar. And I was there to see his last show as Ziggy Stardust with The Spiders From Mars. The atmosphere was just so charged that at the end, when he cried, we all cried with him.
Working at Abbey Road studios some years later, I popped in to see a friend on another session….I was stopped in my tracks. Standing elegantly poised behind the console was David Bowie. He was lit from above and smoking a cigarette. He said, “Hello Kate.” I froze on the spot and said, “Er…Hello,” and then left the room, caught my breath outside the door and didn’t dare to go back in again. We’ve met many times since then and I don’t have to leave the room any more….or do I?
He’s made all the right moves, each album exploring a new sound, a new way of looking at things, experimental and brave. Starring in The Man Who Fell To Earth made him a successful actor as well. His introduction to The Snowman animation, although brief, made the film more poignant, as if the whole thing somehow belonged to him. I just loved his hilarious Extras cameo, and the quirky Tesla in The Prestige. He is the quintessential artist, always different and ever surprising, an inspiration for us all.
—  (Kate Bush, Foreword, Mojo Classic: 60 years of Bowie, 2007)

Issey Miyake and Twelve Black Women, 1976

Both of us were interested in the creative expression of black people throughout the world. We felt that the theatrical spirit of [Miyake’s] clothes could be beautifully expressed through black dance and movement.
We selected twelve black women, both famous and unknown models. Under Minoru Terada’s direction, these models became fantastic dancers and actresses who blended beautifully to create marvellous theatre. - Eiko on Eiko

anonymous asked:

You talked about fangames in the past, and how developers are totally in the right to shot down projects in order to protect the value of their brand, on that topic, what about developers like Nintendo making copyright claims to youtube videos like Let's Plays and the like? Is ethically correct to extent their copyright to online video, since it technically isn't offering the game experience that their brand sells?

Let me define the terms before I begin, because this can get super duper murky if I don’t. I define “ethical” to mean “legally acceptable”. There has to be an established set of criteria, or else it gets way too subjective… so I don’t care if it bankrupts families or steals food from starving orphans - if it’s within legal bounds, for the sake of this post legality is the minimum criteria for ethical. If you don’t like what a company is doing, you have some recourse - you can complain to the company and vote with your dollars, or you can complain to your legislators and literally vote. Make enough noise to cost them enough money and they will adjust their policies. In the meantime, these companies have a fiduciary duty to their stakeholders to try to earn as much revenue as possible, and part of that means protecting the intellectual property that they have poured vast sums of money into developing.

Now… with regards to copyright claims, it comes down to this - the intellectual property is owned by somebody, and that ownership means that somebody gets to decide what is allowed regarding the intellectual property. Just because it is a game publisher that owns the rights doesn’t mean that they automatically relinquish their ownership of the IP in all other media. Pokemon started as a video game franchise, but it has a trading card game, plastic toys and plushes, several animated series and theatrical movies, clothing and memorabilia, and so on. All of these different forms of expression are developed, created, and sold with licenses/permission from the Pokemon Company. This also means that the Pokemon Company could, in theory, publish their own special and official Let’s Plays as part of their marketing campaign. They could hire specific broadcasters and post exclusive let’s play videos, as is their right as the owners of the IP. Anyone else who published their own Pokemon-based let’s play videos would be competing with the actual rights owners illegally, just like anyone who published their own fan game, fan merchandise, or fan animation.

Is it ethical to exercise their ownership of the property? Sure. Players are entitled to play the game they purchased in the privacy of their own homes as much as they like. However, people are not entitled to broadcast copyrighted works without the permission of the copyright owners. Fans aren’t allowed to broadcast themselves watching a movie and adding commentary without the movie company’s permission. Fans aren’t allowed to broadcast a football game while adding their own commentary without the NFL’s permission. Similarly, fans aren’t allowed to broadcast themselves playing a game without the publisher’s permission. That concept has been baked into the foundations of copyright law, and it’s been there since the very beginning. The only real exception to these rights fall under “Fair Use” which is an entire discussion for another day, and even then it’s usually a case-by-case basis which are decided by the courts, and won’t stop the rights owners from serving a takedown notice.  

It is entirely within Nintendo’s rights as the owners to dictate what is and isn’t allowed when people want to broadcast their copyrighted works, especially if those videos are monetized. That’s what the Nintendo Creator’s Program is for - it’s a way for Nintendo to protect their IP and still work with creators. Its terms might not be completely acceptable to the youtubers, and that’s totally fine - it’s up to the broadcasters to decide whether the restrictions are worth doing the broadcasting. It’s a work in progress, and Nintendo can always revise it to make it better for everybody involved. But broadcasters are still never legally entitled to use somebody else’s IP unless it’s in the public domain. 

PS. You might not know this, but the vast majority of streams are actually licensed. Twitch has an agreement with most game publishers out there for broadcasting rights, and they will take down streams for games whose publishers have disallowed them from being broadcast. However, most of the streaming is licensed and permission has already been granted. Most of the arguments over broadcasting and IP comes from Youtube videos and monetization claims there.

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Alexander McQueen A/W 2007: “In Memory of Elizabeth Howe, Salem 1692

Lee McQueen was known for using history to influence his collections, but for this season, he found a connection even beyond fashion. His mother discovered, while doing research on family genealogy, that they could in fact trace their lineage back to Elizabeth Howe, who was hanged during the Salem Witch Trials in Massachusetts in 1692. Accused of ‘afflicting’ several girls in Salem with the use of witchcraft, she was imprisoned and set to be executed. 

McQueen certainly portrayed the macabre tone by setting the runway with a large, blood-red pentagram. The stadium-sized room was pitch black, and the stage was barely lit, with hovering screens overhead in the shape of an inverted pyramid (fitting with the other theme of Ancient Egypt) that played gruesome footage of diseased and decaying flesh and eerie naked women. Ancient Egypt was present in the beauty look of the collection, which featured Cleopatra-esque eyeliner, vivid green eyeshadow (all from McQueen’s collection that year for MAC), and dark, defined brows. 

The clothing was surprisingly wearable, given the intensely dark subject matter. McQueen’s signature silhouette, of the tiny waist and exaggerated shoulders, was still shown, but he also eschewed that for several tops that looked like leather pods, with rounded backs and flat fronts. Gowns that seemed fit for a queen of Egypt, decked in shimmering fabrics in black with accents of green and gold, were topped with elaborate hairstyles and headpieces such as the half-moon shown above. 

Though critics panned the collection for its 'over-the-top’ theatrics, the clothing was indicative of Lee’s love for strong women, and his use of fashion as armor. 


Everybody knows I have a slight obsession with Denver, but the Fever era is probably my favorite of all of Panic’s eras.  They were young and pretty and thrown into fame faster than you could blink an eye.  I really am disappointed I missed out on this show and wish I could take a time machine back to see it in person.  The awesome theatrics and stage clothes they had fit them to a tee and let us know that we’d be treated to not only an excellent show, but a great future of music to come from Panic.  Celebrating 1,500 followers today, I thank you by spamming you with Fever era Panic!

Next logical steps for marketing Splatoon
  • Splatoon comic book
  • Splatoon kids’ meals at Burger King and McDonald’s
  • Splatoon music CDs
  • Splatoon action figures
  • Splatoon-branded art supplies
  • Splatoon wallpaper
  • Splatoon cartoon on Nickelodeon (because of the orange splat, you see)
  • Splatoon anime
  • Splatoon multi-million-dollar budget theatrical movie
  • Splatoon clothing line
  • Splatoon sneakers
  • Splatoon sports equipment
  • Splatoon water park
  • Splatoon paintball guns
  • Splatoon-themed dishes at P.F. Chang’s
  • Splatoon on Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • YOU’RE A SQUID KID music videos 24/7 on MTV
  • Splatoon crossover with Mercedes-Benz
  • Splatoon Painted Desert
  • Random giant pools of paint in every city (we’ll call it “viral marketing!”)
  • President Obama giving a State of the Union Address on Splatoon
  • Splatoon- uhm…

Aw, screw it- just put Splatoon on everything to ever exist.