The appearance of this extraordinary flamenco-style creation at auction a couple of months back prompted an inquiry by THE LOOK into the designer, the “late, great” Dinah Adams, in the words of Gene Krell, one-time Granny Takes A Trip, Worlds End and Nostalgia Of Mud mainman and now creative director of Conde Nast Asia Pacific.
between £400-£600 at Kerry Taylor Auctions’ website, the dress is “a rare Granny Takes a Trip satin flamenco-inspired outfit, late 1960s, labelled, with tiered multi-coloured sleeves, satin buttons, the skirt piped in shocking pink“.
Among Adams’ other fans are John & Molly Dove, who first encountered her when they took designs along in 1971 to Trevor Myles at his shop Paradise Garage at 430 Kings Road, where Adams was working at the time.
“That dress is such a knockout piece!” says John Dove. “Dinah has been sorely overlooked, so I’d feel gratified to help resurrect her contribution to the 70s somehow.
When Malcolm McLaren, Patrick Casey and Vivienne Westwood took over the premises in October 1971, Adams and the Doves - who utilised the space as a design studio - upped sticks to work out of Granny Takes A Trip, less than a hundred yards down the road at 488 Kings Road. The Doves expanded their label Wonder Workshop while Adams worked closely with Gene Krell, who ran Granny’s at that time with his partner Marty Breslau. Krell is unequivocal about Adams’ talent: “Dinah was a gifted personality. It’s fucked up, brother, totally fucked up that today all this no talent shit is making millions while she was a brilliant innovator who never got her due.”
Adams encountered problems in her personal life and died tragically young. But her designs will certainly be remembered.
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Steven Arnold was one of my dearest friends. I miss him a lot these days. He would really love my designs and what's going on in fashion right now. I was his muse for several years. I'm going to post some un-seen photos he did of me over the next few days. He would be very happy that the whole "Cockette scene" has taken off in such a big way. The world will never be the same without him in it!
He took all the portraits of me for my first wedding as a favor. It was very nice of him considering this was not something that her would normally do. In 1974 he helped Dali open the Teatro Museo in Figueras, Spain. Needless to say the photos are quite artful. Enjoy these for now. More forthcoming.
P.S. Did you know DIVINE was a Cockette? I had the honor of meeting John Waters with Steven. Susan Tyrell(Andy Warhols Bad) who was a client. She was doing an off Broadway Play and we went together. Those were some crazy movies he made with Divine!!
Boudoir Queen Photo Steven Arnold
Photo of Me by Steven Arnold in Berlin Museum
Steven Arnold with the Cockettes
Me in Details photograph by Steven Arnold
As many of you know I was a make-up artist in L.A. for years and years. My line was called Poor Little Rich Girl just like the blog. I gave make-up lessons to many. I'm a stickler when it come to proper make-up application for photography. That was my forte'. One thing that bothers my eyes is poorly done eye shadow.
Tip: When trying to do that silent screen star look always start with the eyes first! This is a professional make-up tip. When using dark brown,black or grey start with an eye shadow base then apply the dark color. When using dark shades the shadow drips down under the eye causing unsightly driblets and a dark circle look. Then wipe of the driblets with a cloth. For god sakes people blend! Blend , blend.
That's my style tip for today ; ) Hope that helps!