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Thursday, April 9, 4:42 PM written by About Face Theatre

The Man Behind the Superstars: Andy Warhol

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Come claim your 15 minutes of fame on April 10th at Wonka Ball: WARHOL!  Don’t miss you chance to party like one of Warhol’s Superstars!

Wonka Ball: WARHOL is TOMORROW! Get your silver wig on and go!

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Andy Warhol

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The man himself.

Andy Warhol was arguably one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. His unique view on the world and what constitutes art, celebrity and fame has influenced artists across all genres from painting and sculpture to performance art, music, fashion and more. Warhol embodied what it looks like to be an artist in contemporary times. His iconic soup cans, Brillo boxes and Marilyns are some of the most recognizable artworks worldwide, yet they hardly encompass everything he created in his prolific career. In addition to his art-making, Warhol was an important impresario in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, helping to discover, elevate and make mainstream artists like The Velvet Underground, Edie Sedgwick, Jean Michel Basquiat and countless more in his stable of Superstars.

While Warhol’s influence on fashion is undeniable, his own style was often understated save for his penchant for silver wigs. Recreating his look is surprisingly easy, perhaps because the pieces he’s best known for wearing are American classics…never out of style.

Come to Wonka Ball as…

Andy Warhol in 4 easy steps!

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1. White Wig 

One of the most recognizable elements of Warhol’s style, a white or silver wig is a must to recreate this look! Order one online or head to a party shop – but don’t forget to grab some glue or hairspray to get those iconic spikes.

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 2. Sunglasses 

Yes the event is indoors…at night…Andy fails to see your point.

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2. Pants

Simple and understated…a pair of slightly ill-fitting black trousers are all you need on the bottom.

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 3. Stripped Shirt

And finally a striped tee on top…or if you are feeling more misunderstood, a black turtleneck will also do the trick.

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Wednesday, April 1, 7:28 PM written by About Face Theatre

Warhol Superstar: Joe Dallesandro

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Come claim your 15 minutes of fame on April 10th at Wonka Ball: WARHOL!  Don’t miss you chance to party like one of Warhol’s Superstars!

Wonka Ball: WARHOL is just 9 days away and we know you are busy thinking about what to wear! In anticipation of this fabulously wild night, we’ll be sharing info here on our blog about some of Warhol’s most famous Superstars along with ideas for how to get your impersonation on with one of them at the party!

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Warhol Superstar: Joe Dallesandro

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Actor, Joe Dallessandro (or “Little Joe” as he was more commonly known) was one of the biggest sex symbols of the 60’s and 70’s. Little Joe got his start in film after being discovered by Warhol who added him to his list of Superstars. During his time at the Factory, Dallesandro starred in the Warhol/Morrissey film trilogy FleshTrash, and Heat, as well as Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein and Lonesome Cowboys. His roles in these underground films broke barriers around previous notions of male sexuality, turning him into a gay sex symbol and a pioneering figure in the sexual revolution.

Dallessandro was popular for showing a lot of “Flesh,” and rocking his birthday-suit, but with or without clothes he had a style that is hard to recreate. It’s the style of a rebel, a badass, a symbol of youth and street culture, a waking dream of sexy.

Come to Wonka Ball as…

Joe Dallesandro in 3 easy steps!

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1. Classic Bandana

Dallesandro wore his bandana with long and short hair. It’s the sexy badass street look of rebellious youth. Get yours at Topman.

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2. Jean Jacket

Throw a sweet jean jacket over a black shirt. It’s an effortless way to raise your hot points!

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 3. Jeans

The famous bulge on The Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers album cover is of course Dellassandro. Fill in your own pair of faded jeans for the same iconic look.

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Thursday, March 26, 10:31 AM written by About Face Theatre

Warhol Superstar: Candy Darling

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Come claim your 15 minutes of fame on April 10th at Wonka Ball: WARHOL!  Don’t miss you chance to party like one of Warhol’s Superstars!

Wonka Ball: WARHOL is just 2 weeks away and we know you are busy thinking about what to wear already! In anticipation of this fabulously wild night, we’ll be sharing info here on our blog about some of Warhol’s most famous Superstars along with ideas for how to get your impersonation on with one of them at the party!

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Warhol Superstar: Candy Darling

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Candy Darling was an actress and one of the first trans women to integrate drag into pop culture. When she met Andy Warhol in 1967,  he immediately made her one of his “Superstars.” Candy starred in Warhol’s film “Flesh” and most famously in the Paul Morrissey/Warhol feminist spoof, “Women in Revolt,” where Candy shows her natural talent for satirical comedy. She was a muse for The Velvet Underground and the Rolling stones and was sought after by celebrities and socialites.  Her fame transcended into the mainstream and she ruled the NY downtown scene.

The glam queen of New York, Candy Darling’s style flouted the conventional ideas about fashion at the time. Candy Darling loved fun shapes, bright colors, and chic prints. Her amazing self possession is what made her style so magnetic and inspiring.

Come to Wonka Ball as…

Candy Darling in 4 easy steps!

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1. Lipstick

Make sure your make up is spot on. Candy Darling used stylish glam coral lipstick that could make any New York cab stop.

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2. Round Sunglasses

All the genius lies behind the big sunglasses. You are too cool for school and you know it!

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3. Boa

No better way to demand attention than with a bright boa. Make heads turn at Wonka Ball!

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 4. Jumper

Not your ordinary dull jumper, this piece is patterned with fantastic shapes for a faux multilayered look.

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Wednesday, March 18, 8:57 PM written by About Face Theatre

Warhol Superstar: Nico

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Come claim your 15 minutes of fame on April 10th at Wonka Ball: WARHOL!  Don’t miss you chance to party like one of Warhol’s Superstars!

Wonka Ball: WARHOL is just 3 weeks away and we know you are busy thinking about what to wear already! In anticipation of this fabulously wild night, we’ll be sharing info here on our blog about some of Warhol’s most famous Superstars along with ideas for how to get your impersonation on with one of them at the party!

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Warhol Superstar: Nico

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1960’s pop culture femme fatale, Nico, was introduced to Andy Warhol by Bob Dylan and soon became part of his clique of “Superstars,” working with him on experimental films like Chelsea Girls, The Closet and Sunset. It was in 1967 when Warhol managed the The Velvet Underground that Nico was to join the band as their “chanteuse” at Andy’s request. Nico’s unique Teutonic voice was used as the lead vocal on “Femme Fatale“, “All Tomorrow’s Parties“, “I’ll Be Your Mirror” and backing vocal on “Sunday Morning“, on their debut album The Velvet Underground & Nico.   The album would go on to become one of the most influential rock albums of our time even though it was it was overlooked when it was first released.

Before moving to New York to pursue singing and acting Nico was a high fashion model in Europe, gracing the covers of Elle, Esquire and Vogue.  Her signature long heavy fringe, bleach blond hair and long lashes became the “Modern” look of New York and Europe. On the back cover of the first Velvet’s LP, Nico wears a white trouser suit typical of her calm, cool and chic style.

Come to Wonka Ball as…

Nico in 4 easy steps!

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1. Bleach Blond Wig

The hair inspiration for Heidi Klum and so many other celebrities, it’s the go-to hair style for a vogue look. Don’t have long blond hair, this wig will do the trick.

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2. Trouser Suit

Her many masculine-fit suits are a lesson in keeping it simple and chic. Get a jacket and trousers and bring the 60’s back.

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3. Blouse

Floral blouses have recently made a comeback!  Find your own at any local vintage clothing store like Underground Vintage in Wicker Park or buy it from H&M.

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 4. Lashes

Keep the rest of the face natural and opt for some heavy, long lashes to capture Nico’s makeup style.

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Tuesday, March 10, 9:14 PM written by About Face Theatre

Warhol Superstars: Lou Reed

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Come claim your 15 minutes of fame on April 10th at Wonka Ball: WARHOL! Early Bird tickets are available through March 13th ONLY. Don’t miss you chance to party like one of Warhol’s Superstars!

Wonka Ball: WARHOL is just 5 weeks away and we know you are busy thinking about what to wear already! In anticipation of this fabulously wild night, we’ll be sharing info here on our blog about some of Warhol’s most famous Superstars along with ideas for how to get your impersonation on with one of them at the party!

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Warhol Superstar: Lou Reed

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In 1965, Andy Warhol became The Velvet Underground’s manager after being swooned by their image and musical style. The band became part of Warhol’s entourage and stayed in Andy’s studio, “the Factory”, where they became part of Warhol’s multimedia roadshow, Exploding Plastic Inevitable. The band did not receive large media success but formed an important part of art-rock in New York.

Lou Reed had the laid-back rock and roll approach to style hipsters today spend hours trying to emulate. He made throwing a leather jacket over a t-shirt and aviators unpretentiously cool.

Come to Wonka Ball as…

Lou Reed in 4 easy steps!

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1. Basic T-shirt

Old or new, black or white, its a plain t-shirt guys no need to over-think it, Lou certainly didn’t.

 

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2. Leather Jacket

Nothing says “cool” like a black leather jacket. You can cut your cost by getting a faux from Forever 21 or get the vintage cheaps from your local Chicago Village Outlet.

3. Aviators

In collaboration with Illesteva, Lou Reed designed his own line of sunglasses. Check out his sweet aviators fit for a 1970’s New York heat wave.

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Thursday, March 5, 10:52 PM written by About Face Theatre

Warhol Superstars: Edie Sedgwick

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Come claim your 15 minutes of fame on April 10th at Wonka Ball: WARHOL! Early Bird tickets are available through March 13th ONLY. Don’t miss you chance to party like one of Warhol’s Superstars!

Wonka Ball: WARHOL is just 5 weeks away and we know you are busy thinking about what to wear already! In anticipation of this fabulously wild night, we’ll be sharing info here on our blog about some of Warhol’s most famous Superstars along with ideas for how to get your impersonation on with one of them at the party!

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Warhol Superstar: Edie Sedgwick

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Edie Sedgwick moved to New York City in 1964 and shortly thereafter, met Andy Warhol at a dinner party. Warhol was immediately taken by her and after including her in small roles in a few of his films, was inspired to create the Poor Little Rich Girl saga of films to feature her. While Warhol’s films were not commercially successful and rarely seen outside The Factory circle and underground film theaters, Sedgwick’s notoriety grew. Mainstream media outlets began reporting on her appearances in Warhol’s films and her unusual fashion sense.

During her Factory days, Sedgwick developed her “trademark” look – black leotards, mini dresses, and large chandelier earrings. Sedgwick also cut her naturally brown hair short and colored it with silver spray, creating a similar look to the wigs Warhol wore.

Come to Wonka Ball as…

Edie Sedgwick in 4 easy steps!

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1. Big Earrings!

Head to the thrift shop, rummage through your grandmother’s jewelry box or just break down and head to Urban Outfitters to get yourself some big chandelier earrings.

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2. Chopped pixie cut wig

Unless you’re feeling REALLY committed to this costume, you’ll probably need a pixie cut wig…silver spray paint optional.

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3. Mini shift dress

There are lots of places to find a great Edie-esque dress, but if you’re at Urban Outfitters already…

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4. Smokey eyes

Grab that eyeliner and make it happen.

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