”The Kiss”▸ Elvis and Barbara Gray photographed by Alfred Wertheimer backstage at the Mosque Theater, Richmond, June 30, 1956.
"The whole episode took about a tenth of a second. A minute later Elvis was on stage. Just then I was coming down from the men’s room and saw this scene. Of Elvis and the girl flirting, kind of having this private moment. I said to myself, "If I shot this… Elvis may have me fired and I lose my job" but then I said to myself, "What the heck I’ll take the chance…" While I’m having this internal conversation I put the camera to my eye and see these two figures in silhouette with a window background. So I got a little closer and closer and before I knew it and start snapping. Now they block my way so I stand up on the railing to get another angle. I get one picture where Elvis is in close. Then Elvis makes his move… sticks out his tongue… and the rest is history." — Alfred Wertheimer.
#prom2014 Shot at the luxurious and historically-rich Parkwood Estates, we took a day to wander and cause bewitchment with my 2014 prom look featuring the Ava dress by Pinup Couture, matching Pinup Couture shoes and my own personal vintage touches.
#retro #classic #vintage #1950s #vivalasvegas
Ms. Idelle is a woman who knows no bounds."No the crowd was more interested in seeing me perform" she has said, recalling her early days as a burlesque dancer, often banned from all white clubs, the same white clubs she would later integrate. Idelle got her start in Katherine Dunham’s New York based experimental dance company and it was there that she was discovered by the infamous burlesque nightclub agent, Minsky. Idelle,though facing racism, became one of the most sought after burlesque performers in both the US and Canada, honing her fan signature act everywhere she went.
This past weekend at The Mother’s Day Burlesque Brunch show, Idelle was there, gracing the stage, a testament to her growing legend. What remains a solid testament to burlesque, is the awareness and eagerness of newer burlesque performers to pay tribute to those that came before. At 83, not only is Idelle an example of a living burlesque legend, who continues to grace the stage, at a time in a woman’s life that is very much considered “not sexy”, but that she She thrived in an era of segregation, not only becoming the first black woman to perform with white dancers, but to bring a wave of integration to burlesque clubs across North America.
We can’t imagine a more worthy woman to highlight and are forever honored to see her continue to grace the stage everywhere
Business meets #streetchic *xo
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