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Some time ago my friend Dan Costello approached me; he said that I had a unique style and I should talk to Jessica, his lovely lady friend, and Bethany, about guest appearing here at Frivolous Universe. I was excited that someone should think I would be a good model and writer regarding how each one of my outfits are idiosyncratic to my personality. So here is my first outfit of choice…

No big deal. Photo By Bethany Walter

The outfit I focused on attributes the idea of Wonder Woman’s powerful voice and femininity that I feel all women should parade, especially concerning the media’s topics dealing with rape and the issues of abortion. I honestly can’t believe this is still an issue: the right of choice thingy… The suggestion that women do not have a choice on private issues contorts my mind with the idea that American society is diminutive of any successful future because it would seem that people are egotistical; containing only a paltry ideology of how the person next door should live their life. (Soapbox) When I think of Diana Prince’s attire in the Wonder Woman television series (her role in the comic series changed too frequently) I think this dress, it screams femininity because of its innocent girl next-door look with its gray reverse graph paper pattern and white lacey details, but when it’s coupled with ‘Frye’ boots it commands the chores of the day to finish themselves.

 

Superheros comes in all shapes and sizes. Photo By Bethany Walter Before the change: Lynda Carter as Diana Prince

 

I love the yellow-mustard color. It reminds me of the warm Autumn colors, and with summer ending, leaving us nothing but traces of heat and the smell of campfire, I thought this would be the perfect accessory. Not to mention the dress is so relaxed it slips down past one’s comfort level without the addition of a belt. Adding bright colors to gray backgrounds helps the color palate stand out more and create an illusion of the outfit being more vibrant.

 

Get some colors in there! Photo By Bethany Walter

 

Hold up Photo By Bethany Walter Frye… Photo By Bethany Walter

There are some things that are worth over $300.00: ‘Frye’ boots being one of them. Nothing beats a great pair of boots for any outfit. Seriously. These boots are American made, stylish, versatile, real leather, round toed, sleek, sexy, and quality. I’ve never made such an investment to my wardrobe before, but when those beautiful boots came in the mail, I shrieked for joy! I also purchased them online, the original price was $300.00, but I was able to get them for $150.oo on an eBay bid. Normally I would never purchase shoes or boots online, however I researched my size before the purchase. Thanks, Macy’s associate for helping me buy standard boots for a lesser price!

Keeping a straight face… Photo By Bethany Walter

All superheros need sidekicks. He needs a lot of training and looks harmless, but I assure you someday instead of licking the ruffian to death, he’ll take them down one limb at a time (probably will never happen). It’s also a good idea to make sure your sidekick is not trying to take you down as well. Pino, wolf-hybrid sidekick, is getting confused by all of the excitement. You need to tame the beast and look classy while doing it. Here I’m holding his teeth so he doesn’t “nibble” my arm (it’s a good move).

 

Tired. It’s hard work fighting evil doers (sidekicks). Photo By Bethany Walter

Despite my $150.00 (originally $300.00<– I LOVE THAT) purchase on boots, I’m a pretty frugal shopper. I try to limit purchases to discount outlets, American made items, or as local as possible. The dress (Kimchi) was purchased at The Lux Fashion Lounge for $20, the boots were purchased online from California-AMERICAN MADE ($&#@ yeah!), the necklace was my mothers (it contains the original pictures of her cat and dog from the 70’s<— Vintage score!), the ring on the necklace belonged to Kevin Chapton, my man friend, and was given to me when we first started dating. I purchased the purse at ROSS for $10 (missing strap). The belt was the only purchase out of context, I bought it from some store in the mall for $20. I can not remember the store’s name for the life of me. Just a forewarning, I may “cheat” there again if needed because the clothes seemed decent quality and they were fairly inexpensive. Other than that, all of my clothes are off the forgotten rack at Idaho Youth Ranch, The Good Samaritan, The Lux, or Salvation Army.

Obviously Pino is really tired from helping us take all of these pictures. Thanks, Pino! Photo By Bethany Walter

 

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I know what you’re thinking, and, no, Nicole and I have not unexpectedly sprouted adam’s apples. This is Jason and his best friend, Tim. I styled them for dinner with Marcus and Bethany at Flying Pie last Thursday.

Jason and Tim are basically boos. They have been friends since before their voices changed, and their senses of humor always seem to be perfectly in tune. Like Nicole and me, they are always doing stranger and more extreme things to make each other laugh.

I’m pretty sure Tim thought it was a funny joke to suggest I dress them out of my closet, but I knew I could create genderbending outfits that could still pass as legit street fashion. I started out with menswear staples, vests, trousers, and loafers to ground the looks in the familiar.

Jason wore a blouse that Lisa Sanchez gave me. It has great embroidery detail and a billowy shape. There’s a little bit of pirate, a little bit of hippie, and a lot of plunging neckline.

Tim wore a sheer floral number that fits me like an over-sized kaftan but fits him like a slim men’s tunic. The only thing that throws it off is the print: worthy of grandma’s wallpaper.

Nicole gave this vintage blue velvet vest to Jason for Christmas. I love how rich the velvet looks with my jewel toned silk scarf.

I think these outfits work because they’re built around classic masculine silhouettes. The items from my closet just add richness and whimsy. Most importantly, Jason and Tim wore the looks with total confidence, which is really all it takes to pull off any look, genderfuck or not.

Le sigh. Androgyny is so sexy. I take pictures of such attractive people.

So a pirate walks up to a man in a dress…

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Marcus Pierce has invested the last 15 years of his life to being a painter. His work focuses on humanity, connection, beauty, pain, the golden ratio, and paradox. He chooses to do art because of its respectful form of expression. People can either engage or choose to ignore it. He does not like forcing ideas upon people. To him, art is about sharing with others what in life makes him pause, either because it inspires, amuses, or disturbs him. His integrity can best be defined by the answer to the question, “What is the point of doing art if it doesn’t say anything?

Marcus Pierce as a featured artist at Idaho Statesman chalk drawing festival. Photographed by Bethany Walter

This last Tuesday on July 4th Marcus Pierce appeared as a feature artist for the Idaho Stateman Chalk Art Festival 2012. I accompanied as production artist/lover.


I shouldn’t have been surprised but Marcus’s dressed down is the same as his dressed up, Kentfield Debonaire button-up shirt (thrift store), slacks (thrift store), dress shoes (thrift store), and a drivers/newsboy hat (gift). My outfit made me look like an everyday outdoorsy girl. Truthfully this is how I dress when I am sleep deprived. Marcus and I stayed up until 4 am preparing for the event.

It took from 7:00 am to 4 pm to complete this drawing of two little girls with a sparkler. The process was strategically done to reveal little by little. First he put down his pounce pattern, a technique used by professional muralist and sign artists, to transfer the line art. Then he detailed the little girls’ faces while I filled in the pattern of the dress and blocked in the type. Marcus waited till the end to add the sparkler and the flames.

Marcus Pierce Idaho Statesman chalk drawing 7.4.2012 photographed by Bethany Walter

It was entertaining and interesting to listen to people’s comments throughout the day.

Kids and adults: “What is the little boy handing to the girl?”

Little boy: “Be careful . . . . that’s funny.”

Kids and adults: “What are the little girls doing?”

Adults: “What are you saying? Can you tell me what it means?”

Two women: “What does it mean? Can we guess? Is it about two lesbians?”

Kids and adults: “Is ‘Be careful.’ mean don’t walk on the chalk?”

The majority: “Their faces are so beautiful. This is really beautiful.”

Moms and grandmas: “This is a very good message.”

Just a few teens and adults: “‘Be careful?’ There is something fishy about that?”

The biggest thing I observed was how people didn’t seem practiced in reading visual communication. People missed the two dresses and thought one of girls was a boy. I didn’t expect people to think “Be careful” was a message about not walking on the chalk. I thought the labor it took to execute the font would communicate intent and purpose. We could have just printed out a sign.

Marcus Pierce Idaho Statesman chalk drawing 7.4.2012 photographed by Bethany Walter

Once the sparkler and the flames were drawn in people were more quiet. Here is what they said.

Woman: “This is really horrifying.”

Teen boy: “That is creepy.”

Woman: “That is disturbing.”

Some people: “That is really beautiful. Well done.”

 

Featured artist Marcus Pierce Idaho Statesman chalk drawing 7.4.2012 photographed by Bethany Walter

It is too bad that art is not considered as important as math and science in school. Art teaches people to be aware and to analyze and question the meaning of information presented to them. Information and images used and not used is strategic. In advertising and politics, words and images are used to quickly make people experience an emotion. By not being aware of how choice images and messages emotionally affect people, we are easier to manipulate.

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You can see Marcus Pierce’s art at the Enso Gallery July 27th.

marcuspierce.com

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