Now, this gif always annoys me, because it shows up on my dash with comments like “omg this is the sexiest thing eva” and “men in suits hhhHHH” which is fair enough.
But this gif is a very poor example of a sexily suited man. His jacket is extremely ill fitted, as if it were made for a man four sizes up from him. His tie is crooked, too tight, and mis-lengthened. His shirt’s collar is the wrong size for him, and the way he buttons it makes it look as if he’s never done it before.
Here, ladies and gents, is how it is done.
For the new followers, this is why I made these gifs to begin with.
I AM CRYING BECAUSE ASSERTIVE BODY LANGUAGE AND SUSPENDERS
Tie clips and cufflinks.
I would do rude things to this suit and I make suits for a living.
Sami folk costumes from Kautokeino, Norway
The Arena Stage in Washington DC’s 2013 production of My Fair Lady stars actress Manna Nichols as Eliza Doolitte.
For her production, director Molly Smith set out to cast actors of color for the role of Eliza Doolittle (and her father, Alfred) from the start—adding additional depth to the musical’s existing themes of classism and sexism. To do so, she had her literary team do some research on Edwardian London’s racial and ethnic demographics. This nontraditional casting is a perfect historical fit.
After researching London in the time Edwardian Era and discovering the large pockets of Asian immigrants, the director concentrated on casting Asian-American actors for the roles.
“Anytime casting is done in a different way, it confronts the audience. We want the theatre to grab us and make us question our preconceptions,” said Smith. [source]
Nichols is of mixed race; her mom is Chinese American and her dad is part Native American and part white; the role of Eliza, a cockney-accented flower seller, has been traditionally played by white actresses in hundreds of productions, including by Julie Andrews and Audrey Hepburn.To prepare for the role, Nichols researched the era the show is set in and also studied George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion.
When asked by a journalist from Washington City Paper about a racial “double standard” in her casting, Nichols said:
“No one ever questions the logic or the reality of a group of people singing and tap-dancing in the rain, but if a director casts an Asian person in a [typically white] role, people automatically question that choice.”
The production also decided to incorporate elements of steampunk into the costuming. (Less historically accurate than an Asian Eliza, but also awesome.) All in all, a creative and innovative take on a musical classic that deserves kudos.
It has come to my attention that there are fully legal adults who are not familiar with this, who do not know what to do when they hear it, and indeed, were born after it came out.
This is unacceptable.
It is irrevocably tattooed into the brain of anyone vaguely associated with Western culture who was old enough to form cognizant memories in the mid 90s. And yes, we can all do the dance. I guarantee you Dean Winchester can do the dance. Bobby can do the dance. Sherlock can do the dance. Tony Stark has made sure all his robots can do the dance.
And all of you over the age of 25 already know what it is before you press play.
someone should draw sherlock doing this.
Truefax. We have freshmen in our costume shop that looked at the grad students wierd when we could all do the dance.
How stripping off to play Helen of Troy on the London stage changed the way I feel about my body
It’s October. It’s dusk. It’s the second week of rehearsals for The Trojan Women, a modern version of Euripides’ tragedy in which I’m greedily playing three different roles: Cassandra, the…