Jun 22, 2012

Just Something Fun :: 1930s style :: men dressed in tutus.


And while we are in the mood for the 1930s,
from the Cocktail History installment earlier in the week,
it's rather fun to look at humour of the time. 

These strapping blokes have well and truly dressed the part 
for their performance at the Melbourne Town Hall.
And it brings to mind,
that men dressed as feminine women 
can always raise a laugh at the theatre,
but a woman dressed as a man will not. 

Why is that?

image :: museum victoria

13 comments:

  1. Yes that is a bit weird, and it is also odd that big masculine men, like footballers, enjoy dressing up as women for fun??
    Have a great weekend Virginia, the weather is not looking great! x

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    1. Yes, and then we really laugh. Even more curious.

      Wet, wet, wet for Melbourne this weekend...I can feel a cosy log fire coming up....

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  2. When we dress like men they put us to work. Nothing funny about that! :>)

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    1. Except that your comment made me laugh! Sadly, it's so true!!!

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  3. And, their shoes !!! Perfectly hilarious aren't they? I think a man-tailored suit, fitting us girls, looks smashing when we add our lacy handkerchiefs to the pocket and have a ruffled blouse underneath, and very very very high heels. No one has ever objected to this attire on me...:)'s
    Heather told me how much she admires you, I totally agree with her...I admire you too.

    Hugs from Texas

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    1. And I bet you bring an incredible elegance to such a tailored, yet feminine outfit too.

      I had to go back and have another look at the shoes. Actually, what are they wearing? Looks like tennis shoes with satin ribbons attached? Or socks?

      And thank you for the gorgeous words which are very humbling. It's wonderful to receive such a compliment from somebody I admire myself. Heather is a treasure too. So it's a mutual admiration society!

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  4. You're right. They do look ridiculous though.

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    1. Ridiculous and loveable all at once!

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  5. Have you ever seen the production of Swan Lake in which the ensemble is all men? It's supposed to be serious, but I found it rather painful I recall. But I had just flown in to London from New York, and I was struggling to stay awake.

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    1. No, I haven't. But you have piqued my curiosity now, so I shall go and look it up. Sounds confusing!

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  6. Perhaps this is prejudice but I'm not comfortable with either sex cross-dressing. A pantomime dame, perhaps, being the exception. The principal boy in a pantomime on the other hand used to raise my hackles when I was a child. Oh boy, I'm totally flummoxed by this one - its too early in the morning to face my own illiberality. Contempt and humor make odd bedfellows.

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    1. I love the process of thought that obviously flowed as these words were being written. Ok, it's another topic we can add to the list to discuss over that good shiraz!

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  7. I actually really enjoy watching a performer transform him/herself to the opposite sex. I love the talent that it takes to do it well and actually allow the audience to forget that it's a man rather than woman or vice versa.

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