Friday, December 20, 2019

Mae West: Double Deckers

“In real life, I’m very boring, so I made up the walk and the talk,” said MAE WEST.
• • British freelancer Dr. Sabina Stent, whose area of study included “Women artists, Surrealism, and unconventional females,” penned a fascinating essay on Mae’s customized double-decker footwear. This is Part 3 of 27 parts.
• • “Get the Idea, Boys? Mae West’s Shoes” • •
• • Instead of glass slippers Mae West favored skyscrapers • •
• • Sabina Stent wrote: The answer could be found in 2014, at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where a pair of West’s shoes were displayed amongst an array of silver-screen costumes from the 1930s and 1940s. These were not any ordinary pair of heels.
• • Sabina Stent wrote: Mae West wore customized “shoes within shoes” that measured an astonishing 9.5 vertical inches and were made specifically for their famous wearer. So unusual were her shoes that they acquired the nickname “Double Deckers” from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) during their 2016 footwear exhibition. West owned many pairs, in various styles, and we never saw her without them.
• • never in my life have I seen another pair of shoes like Mae’s • • . . . 
• • This long essay by Sabina Stent will be continued on the next post.
• • Source: Majuscule, Issue 2; posted in December 2019.
• • On Monday, 20 December 1926 • •
• • It was on Monday, 20 December 1926 that the controversial tabloid Evening Graphic printed a publicity picture of Mae West onstage, costumed as Margy LaMont, actor Barry O'Neill sprawled out in a chair, under her. In her 1926 Broadway play, Mae wanted to depict a woman who has power over her men — — a novel idea at the time for theatrical dramas.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West is become not only a tradition but an institution. Her style of comedy is unique and, it might be added, unchanging. She has a splendid cast in this [in "Go West Young Man"] and the comedy is well worked out.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: ”I'm here to make talkies. I hope the film can take the temperature."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Australia's Sunday Times mentioned Mae West.
• • "Says Mae" • •
• • NEW YORK, Saturday.  To celebrate the completion of her last picture, Mae West has given director Edward Sutherland a gold watch case inscribed "Come up and see me sometime, and I'll give you the works."  . . .
• • Source: Sunday Times (Perth); published on Sunday, 19 December 1937
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • •
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — —
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• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 15th anniversary • • 
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fifteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,300 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,371st blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • Mae's red platform heels circa 1920s • •
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