+  Edited and photographed by Iké Udé, author of Style File. Selected as one of Vanity Fair’s 2009, 2012 and 2015 International Best Dressed Originals.  +

elements of style #44/PEE-WEE HERMAN in two looks, circa 1980s


…archival imagery in “Elements of Style,” then reading an interview with a stylish contemporary excites and cements the sartorial linkage and sympathy between the ongoing narratives. Both departments serve to inform, paying homage to stylish predecessors and pointing to historical sources of design: they inspire dialogue between now and then and acknowledge influence.



Pee-wee Herman in his salad days, the patron saint of natty chic


Pee-wee Herman is a comic fictional character created and portrayed by American comedian Paul Reubens. At his peak in the 1980s, his child-like character was a huge hit all over, leading to a motion picture, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure in 1985, followed by Big Top Pee-wee, in 1988. In addition, his children series, Pee-wee’s Playhouse won him an Emmy Award.


He is perhaps the embodiment of natty chic exemplified by no fuss, clean, tidy appearance infused with understated impishness all the more winning because all the more disarming in style.



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