Alexander Cavaluzzo

Post image for Does It Suck? Another Look at ‘Showgirls’

Long brushed off as a horrendous excuse for a film, Paul Verhoeven and Joe Eszterhas’s epic flop Showgirls may have more than meets the eye. Or, at least, its vulgar superficiality may be worth critical re-evaluation

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Chelsea Rae Klein,

SAN FRANCISCO — Can the stories of queer soldiers being marginalized, brutalized, and disenfranchised in the United States be considered dreams, or would it be more appropriate to call them nightmares?

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Post image for Consummating the Erotic Art of Two Souls

Invisible-Exports’ current show represents the agglutination of two transgressive, visionary, and carnal artists born 50 years apart in the 20th century.

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Post image for Picturing the Transfigurations of Fashion

“Fashion” can be characterized as many things: a business, a craft, a lifestyle. At its core, though, it’s a visual culture that embodies one very important quality: transfiguration.

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Playground: Growing Up In The New York Underground by Paul Zone

Many of us probably remember our formative years sitting in class, taking the SATs and trying to lose our virginity. Few of us probably spent that time hanging out with Debbie Harry, playing Max’s Kansas City, or finding success in an underground band.

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Still from 'Yves Saint Laurent'

Very few figures in fashion have embodied the archetype of the talented and tortured artist like Yves Saint Laurent.

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Post image for A Fashion Mag with Beauty and Brains

There will always be fashion magazines that instruct readers which silk faille caftan is appropriate for lounging on a yacht over Memorial Day weekend, but what about one that traces the sartorial origins of the safety pin as an accessory?

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Post image for Transcending Trends: Charles James at the Anna Wintour Costume Center

Charles James is probably not a name that is as instantly recognizable in fashion as Coco Chanel or Christian Dior, but as the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new exhibition, Charles James: Beyond Fashion shows us, his work and legacy transcend the zeitgeist and ushers us back to a period of supreme, magnificent decadence in American fashion.

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Post image for Nuclear Wintour at the Metropolitan Museum

It’s clear that money is the ticket to fame and success in the world of culture, even — OK, maybe especially — if you’re not an artist. Cue the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s renaming of the newly renovated, soon-to-be-opened Costume Institute as the Anna Wintour Costume Center.

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Post image for The Utopian Vision of Jean Paul Gaultier

Sailor stripes, corsets, and men’s skirts are not just the cheeky trademarks of a brilliant designer, but tools for a deeper excavation of culture.

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