Thursday, November 30, 2006

Why Wayne Koestenbaum Dyed His Hair Red

I just found a wonderful article on dressing for academics!!

Check it out, ya'll -- it's from the 1998 archives of The Chronicle of Higher Education,

PeaceBang feels far less frivolous now.


P.S. If anyone really in true life knows Wayne, please tell him that his book about opera and queer desire is one of my FAVORITES and convinced me that maybe grad school would be FUN and that I want to write the same kind of book someday about BROADWAY MUSICALS and archetypal psychology!! Love you, Wayne! Kiss, kiss!



Anonymous Parisa said...

My favorite quotation from this article is: "If you don't know how to dress, then what else don't you know?"


4:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wayne's hair is no longer red, but my sense is that he DOES color it.

He possesses true sartorial splendor.

The best? a pastel pink gingham dress shirt, with huge cufflinks, and a matching pink pocket square. He looked fantastic.

9:01 AM  
Blogger ms. kitty said...

Did he "die" it or "dye" it? Or is that a pun I missed?

9:45 AM  
Blogger PeaceBang said...

Kitty, you caught me in a misspelling! I'll fix it now. Part of the problem is that I myself was dying of a headache yesterday. Busted!

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Satchel Pooch said...

Michael Berube is hot. Even in a blue leisure suit.

8:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

finally, help for the academically frumpy from my favorite fashion goddess. thank you! now for two comments...

#1: ms. mentor: women should play down their sexuality, especially younger scholars. [but also] for women, pants are never appropriate for interviews. can someone explain this to me? does anyone agree with her (about pants, that is)?

#2: 3/4 of the people she interviews in this article are totally insanely famously brilliant. so, if robin d g kelley can get away with black jeans and t-shirts, and jane gallop can lecture in fringe cowboy pants, does this really translate meaningfully into the world of mortals?


9:00 PM  
Blogger PeaceBang said...

Parisa, LOL! I just got a look at the esteemed professor who made that comment. You were being a slyboots, right?

Letitia, let's discuss. First of all, I don't think most professors should be wearing cowboy boots and taffeta dresses to class. It's just dumb and distracting, like "I have your attention, but I need MORE attention."

Both pants and skirts have equal Frump Potential, so the idea is to have a smashing outfit for an interview, whatever the garments. Fit and line and fabrics are much more important than pants or skirts.

Camille Paglia sounds totally cranky and undone in this article, which makes me laugh.

I think it's *VERY* interesting that so many of these "insanely famous" scholars just happen to be particularly interested in image and persona and how fashion can contribute to it. No coinkydink, methinks.

9:37 PM  

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