Fred Astaire interview, GQ, August 1957

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  1. F. Corbera

    F. Corbera Senior member

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    Search Google for Richard Hublar
     
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    Pretty interesting. Proof that the debate on how men should look is older than we think.
     


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    Nothing makes me feel well quite like a dark blue vicuña coat either.

    Sounds like his shoemaker wasn't so great if he had to wear two pairs of socks for them to fit.
     


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    It's always fun to read these older articles; they have a tendency to illustrate the cyclical nature of fashionable taste. Also, this particular article talks a lot about how individuals like Astaire choose to adopt certain personal idiosyncrasies and those marked him out (the belt buckle, etc). It highlights one of the most persistent manifestations of the fundamental attribution error: "I'm being myself; you're being conspicious". In reality, of course, everyone who cares about their appearance is being conspicious, given that the majority don't. It sounds like this was as true in Astaire's day as it is in ours, which is not surprising I suppose.

    Thanks for posting this article here!
     
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    :laugh:

    Forget the long & boxy and substitute short & stubby with “unpadded shoulders, three-buttoned, too-short thin pants” and you’ve got the modern day “toughest gangs” of sartorialists out there à la Pitti Uomo.



    What an interesting balance of precision and laid-backedness. Now that’s specificity!

    - M
     


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    He was a very small man wasn't he? Practically Foo sized :foo:
     


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    F. Corbera Senior member

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    He said in a TV Guide interview that he was 5' 10".

    This was before he died. I assume that he shrunk a bit afterwards.

    Google search average is 5' 9" for him, if you believe in the powers of technology.

    His career spanned the period before the Egg McMuffin, so he was not as stolid as men today whom you might meet in line at Starbucks or at the StyFo 10th. He was about as tall as itstillmatt...I mention that since you appear to be standing next to Matt in about 100 Collection of StyForial Excellence photos.
     
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    I'd say Matt is more like 6-foot. Then again, I was also standing next to Manton quite a bit, so I didn't feel that tall myself.
     


  10. F. Corbera

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    Was Matt wearing his Timberlands?

    And was Mike wearing a DB jacket?
     
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    ^ I was hoping to see Tattoo with Mr. Roarke.

    - M
     


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    Interesting bit of info on the man. Nice interview.
     


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