Above, a still from Lindy Hop scene from the Marx Brothers 1937 film “A Day at the Races” Trousers of this shape and proportion worn in the film is the same as worn by Joe McGlynn above immediate picture.
PICTURE: #4 IN ELEVEN ACTS
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
JOE McGLYNN TALKS ABOUT HIS 4TH OUTFIT
What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
White shirt with tab collar,
1939 NY Worlds Fair tie by Arrow with Worlds Fair tie clip
High-waisted, pleated wool trouser,
Octagonal rimless glasses,
Nunn-Bush ankle fashioned cap-toe oxford
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I wanted to represent the style of those who danced at Harlem’s Savoy Ballroom. I am celebrating the fact that jazz is America’s gift to the world and honoring the Savoy dancers who did the Lindy Hop on stage at the NY Worlds Fair.
Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
Planned (in hand, one of my many acetate records collection).
In a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
8 (Suspenders with fresher elastic would have held the trousers even higher)!
What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
The top edge of the trouser rests well above the waist, so wearing a belt will actually push these pants down. Extra room in the seat and legs allow for movement. (Trousers of this shape and proportion are worn in the iconic Lindy Hop scene from the Marx Brothers 1937 film “A Day at the Races”
How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I’ll wear these pants within a few months, perhaps to a social event where I could discuss them with friends. I would not wear these out dancing though for fear of ruining them.
There is perhaps a spiritual, emotional, intellectual or psychological aspect to what/how we dress. What is your personal experience in relation to this outfit?
I appreciate what the Savoy Ballroom represented, an oasis of integrated dancing in the 1930s, the best Jazz bands and music of the day. I feel like I’m honoring those who danced at the “Home of Happy Feet” and other Harlem ballrooms. With jacket off, I’m going to spin this new shellac before going out…