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THE STRANGE PARTY REPORT - CONTINUED
REMEMBERING THE EAST VILLAGE EIGHTIES

The event raised over $4,000 toward the year-round storage and preservation costs of the DOWNTOWN COSTUME INSTITUTE, a collection of club costumes and archives dating back to the Sixties. The collection is maintained by THE JACKIE FACTORY NYC. Represented designers run the gamut from household names like MUGLER and WESTWOOD to the largely undocumented underground lights who made some of these creations to wear for a night, in an afternoon. The DCI holds events like these to inspire new generations of designers working in this field, or those who hope to, and the early attendees included many fashion students, young designers and firebrand fashion media who are eager to see more of this kind of work.
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This tradition is still alive and kicking in many downtown drag houses, including the imaginative circle that partygoer CURTSY (above left) represented, who had created their own New Wave-inspired looks. At the psychic center of all this latter-day dragdom was a mannequin wearing the outfit that DEAN JOHNSON had donated from the opening of Rock and Roll Fag Bar at the World in 1986 (above right in photo with DCI co-founder/curator CHI CHI VALENTI and Factory photographer MICHAEL JAMES O'BRIEN.)
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The dazzling black light in the main party room cast an unearthly glow of which Klaus Nomi would definitely have approved. GAS STATION BETTY (above left) was delighted at the way it highlighted her cardboard accessories, and the many cameras popping and video cameras purring added flashbulb accents that added to the room's already other-worldly light. The exhibits were viewed with a mixture of reverence, remembrance and sheer awe (above right.)
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Live performances from and about the era were the final magical ingredient to the night. These began with DCI and PYRAMID co-founder HATTIE HATHAWAY, who performed with her Pyramid Whispers partner in crime, HAPI PHACE (above left.) Other shows included the modern futurist KATYA CASIO, wearing her own origami-inspired top, breakdancers from the TF CREW performing live with MAN PARRISH via video, and a truly unforgettable solo a la Boybar from Glamamore. Above right, new Texas talent at the show confers with local luminary M.C. FLAWLESS SABRINA, whose beaded gown from The Queen (1968) is the oldest original gown in the collection to date. New York hasn't seen a Stranger Party in years!

We would like to thank the fifty-odd volunteers, designers and collaborators who made this night possible. A special thanks to Micheline and the staff of CBGB'S GALLERY for their commitment to this show. All video stills both pages by JACK GULICK from THE JACKIE MOVIE. 2001, All rights reserved.

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