Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy

superheroes2 Superheroes: Fashion and FantasyYale University Press
Available online
Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through 1 September

After I ooh and aah over the bold colours and steel-plated cover of “Superheroes,” I next notice the glossy pages which smell just like the trading cards I remember as a kid. Those were of superheroes, too, and they captured the frames of the big summer popcorn movies where capes were the norm and nothing could be bold or bright enough. Appropriately, Michael Chabon pens the foreword to this very cool book. He tells us about a cautionary tale he heard as a child in Sunday school – about how a young boy thought he was Superman, tied a red towel around his neck, and jumped off the roof. But really, nothing can make a true comic book fan be deterred from soaking up the fantasy late at night, under the covers, the battery in the flashlight growing weaker by the minute. The glossy pages here are not only a companion piece to the exhibit at the Met, but a thick slice of evidence as to how these fantastical characters inspire and cross-over into the world of fashion. Of particular note, folks like Giorgio Armani, Rossella Jardini, Catherine Malandrino and John Galliano. I must admit, to look at the artwork from the original comics, then to the production stills from film and television adaptations, and finally onto the runways of the world…this is a very groovy dialogue that is taking place, and one that not a lot of people are actually talking about.

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Author: JP

JP SARNI is a producer and writer who holds a BFA in Media and Performing Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design. Producer credits include: "Heartland" (short / set to premiere at the 2007 San Francisco International Gay & Lesbian Fim Festival), "The Launch" (short), readings of the rock opera "Utah's Crying" under his M├ętropole Ink production entity, plus "Play Ball! A Trilogy of Baseball Films" (associate producer) and "Flashback" (producer / showcase production) for Weird Sisters. For two years, he worked as a producer and on-air reporter for SIRIUS Satellite Radio (on programs including "The Judith Regan Show"). He has just finished line producing the feature-length documentary, The Pennhurst Project, for Radioaktivefilm NYC (The Ground Truth), and will next be line producing Charles Forbes' Minor Gods for the Summer Play Festival at Theatre Row. Additionally, he has worked for legendary publicist Bobby Zarem, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and numerous film production credits, including: Alfie, WTC View, and the upcoming P.S., I Love You.

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