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Velvet Goldmine and Queer Iconography

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David Bowie and Iggy Pop, inspirations for “Brian Slade” and “Curt Wild” in Haynes’s Velvet Goldmine

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Oscar Wilde (“When I grow up, I want to be a pop idol”)

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Brad and Janet, Frank N’Furter, and the maid “servant” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show 

See also this fan website for Velvet Goldmine (thanks to “M” for alerting me to this)

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Is Lady Bracknell Voguing?

Can we think of Lady Bracknell (in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest) as being engaged in a “verbal vogue”?  We debated this in class yesterday.  See examples below.

Definition of Voguing:  See Wikipedia entry and Excerpt from Paris is Burning documentary

Also see this delightful epic sheroes vogue battle:

Highlights from cross-dressed Lady Bracknell performance by Brian Bedford:

See also these pop culture samples of voguing by Madonna (“Vogue”, 1990)

and Beyoncé (“Get Me Bodied,” 2006).

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