Monday, June 1, 2015

Mad Mad Modes for Moderns Monday - Paper's the Thing!

Happy Monday! I hope you had a fantastic and relaxing weekend. A big thank you to everyone who took the time to read and/or comment on my last post. It was a bit emotional to write, so thank you for being so wonderful!

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It's been awhile since I've shared a "Mad Mad Modes for Moderns," so when I came across this gorgeous Tony Abruzzo piece from Young Romance #147 (April/May 1967) over the weekend, I just had to share. I don't know about you -- I probably wouldn't wear a paper dress, but these are absolutely elegant. If you are interested in learning more about Abruzzo's background, be sure to check out my artist spotlight on him and his contributions to both comics and the world of fashion.

Not sure how I feel about paper pants.
Methinks the chafe factor would be too high!

Speaking of fashion... 

I'll be contributing an article on the fashion of the romance comics to the second issue of the new Rosy Press romance anthology, Fresh Romance. Issue two is slated to drop June 30th, so be sure to pick up a copy and stay tuned here for more info! In the meantime, treat yo self and check out issue one. The stories are sweet and the art is killer, so don't miss out on this modern foray into the romance genre!

A preview of Fresh Romance #2

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  1. Your last post got me thinking (usually a bad sign) about writing, and your talking about emotions, in your writing.
    As I wrote the other day, I had been thinking about writing a novel, but I can't for the life of me decide if it's gonna be in the first or third person. Whatever is less incriminating, I guess.
    I have about five titles lined up, each stupider than the last.
    This lady who was my high school English Lit teacher in high school passed away a couple of weeks ago. I was no fan of school, but she was okay. She gave us a list of American classics to read, and you had to pick for or five of' 'em.
    That's how I discovered Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller, post-WW II guys, and read To Kill a Mockingbird, Catcher in the Rye and the Great Gatsby.
    Vonnegut and Heller changed my world view, and maybe unconsciously led me to end up as a soldier in Germany myself.
    Lucky for me there wasn't a war going on at the time.
    While Heller could be chillingly bleak and cynical, I was struck by the way he wrote about how, in the midst of death and horror, and anger, he fell deeply, passionately, hopelessly in love with practically every woman he saw, a sentiment I could very much relate to when I was sixteen.
    I still kinda feel that way!
    Without emotion there wouldn't be any point to writing. You might as well be reading a Standard Operating Procedure Manual from the Army or a cabinet factory, both of which I am familiar with.
    The internet and the universe in general are full of hacks and typists, and most of what they write is either inane or downright repulsive, but to be a poet, a real writer....that seems to me to be a worthwhile thing to do.
    Anyway, your last post got me thinking, Jacque.
    I don't know whether to be greatfull or be annoyed for having a bee put in my bonnet.
    I guess now I have to start writing that damn book. (sigh)

    1. I'm glad to hear you are inspired!!! There are some hacks out there, but I believe that so many people have interesting things to say. Many just haven't tapped into that side of them that lets the words flow out (whether in written form or otherwise). Best of luck with the novel!!! :)

  2. Not that Wikipedia is a trustful source, but their article on paper clothing seems accurate enough I find it interesting that the fad can be dated from 1966-1968, and that most of us will probably eventually will wear paper clothing - hospital gowns.

    1. Good point! Guess I never thought about THAT paper clothing! The fact that the fad was around from '66 to '68 definitely points to how on trend the romance comics were -- if not always in story, but in aesthetics and fashion. Thank you for the link, SangorShop!

  3. Thanks for posting this piece, Jacque--Abruzzo did nice work on narrative stories, but his art for fashion pages was fantastic!

    Thank you, too, SangorShop, for the link to the informative article on paper clothing. I've seen references to paper dresses a few other places (there was an Archie gag about them circa 1967) but I never actually knew anyone in real life who wore one. I guess that's because they went out of fashion by the time I was three years old! :)

    And Jacque, I'm sure your piece in Fresh Romance will be a lot of fun!

    1. Thank you, David -- I sure hope the article goes over well!

      Come to think of it, I believe I've seen a comic book ad for paper dresses -- at least I think they were paper. I feel like it was from the late '50s, however. I'm going to have to look through some of the older issues in my collection and try to find the ad!

      Glad you like Abruzzo's fashion work as much as I do!