I have exactly two of my Coney Island prints left - once they’re gone, they’re gone forever!
via Etsy

I have exactly two of my Coney Island prints left - once they’re gone, they’re gone forever!

via Etsy

I (finally) have a new print up at Society 6! I’m particularly entranced with the onesies (every baby should have a punk rock girl onesie!) and tote bags.
via Society 6

I (finally) have a new print up at Society 6! I’m particularly entranced with the onesies (every baby should have a punk rock girl onesie!) and tote bags.

via Society 6

What better says July 4th than two lovely Octomaids?
via Society 6

What better says July 4th than two lovely Octomaids?

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Happy Pride Day, everyone!
The proceeds of this print are being donated to the Ali Forney Center in NYC.

Happy Pride Day, everyone!

The proceeds of this print are being donated to the Ali Forney Center in NYC.

I’ve been adding tons of small originals to my Etsy store - this Red Riding Hood with her docile (but not tame) wolf is the newest.

I’ve been adding tons of small originals to my Etsy store - this Red Riding Hood with her docile (but not tame) wolf is the newest.

Just added to my Etsy store - this graceful, extra-legged ballerina.

Just added to my Etsy store - this graceful, extra-legged ballerina.

Two more entries in my Charles James: Beyond Beyond Fashion series.

Inspired by the chorus girls who performed in the legendary musical review, Shuffle Along which premiered on Broadway in 1921 with songs by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake. The show made instant stars of Florence Mills and a teenage Josephine Baker.
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Inspired by the chorus girls who performed in the legendary musical review, Shuffle Along which premiered on Broadway in 1921 with songs by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake. The show made instant stars of Florence Mills and a teenage Josephine Baker.

via Etsy

I really love my little winged schoolgirls, but they’ve never really gotten much love. That notwithstanding, I think it would be fun to do a larger sized piece with more girls, more wings, etc. But I probably won’t get to it for a while due to commissions, other projects, etc.

They’re both available on Etsy (here and here - if you’d like both, drop me a line and we can work something out).

I’m kind of assuming this is something that happened off stage in The Road To Oz.
via Etsy.

I’m kind of assuming this is something that happened off stage in The Road To Oz.

via Etsy.

I just added these two lovely little sea creatures to my etsy shop. Available together or separately. 

Free shipping at Society 6! Click on the graphic above.
I have TONS of mermaid-y summery items.

Free shipping at Society 6! Click on the graphic above.

I have TONS of mermaid-y summery items.

For the first time in 90 years audiences were lucky enough to take a look at the first Marx Brothers Broadway show, I’ll Say She Is (and I’ll have a hand in the design of the upcoming full production at FringeNYC!). I was there, in the front row of The Players Theater in NYC, drawing.

Another entree in my Charles James: Beyond Beyond Fashion series.
This one might be my favorite.

Another entree in my Charles James: Beyond Beyond Fashion series.

This one might be my favorite.

Last week I saw Charles James: Beyond Fashion at The Met, though I sort of knew going in that it wouldn’t be 100% my bag. I’ve never been super in love with the elegant, tasteful aesthetic that was prevalent at the middle of the 20th century. To me, the tyranny of “good taste” is as much about class and race as it is about aesthetics (I wrote a bit about this here) and for me, it quickly gets boring.

All that said, the dresses are exquisite. They are masterpieces of design, deceptively simple until you look at the seams and the construction and the geometry. These are indeed the princess gowns for a sleek mid-century princess. The garments themselves are perfect things. But (and there’s always a but), after an hour or so of looking and sketching, something about the cool WASPy splendour started getting to me. 

I sketched a dozen or so dresses and decided the answer for me would be to recontextualize them. I decided to remove them from Newport and Belgravia and to place them on the carnival midway, in the ocean and in other places they never before ventured, being worn by the sort of beings who, though purely fictional, are rarely seen dressed in such opulence.

Enjoy. There will be more to follow.