PICTURE: #5 IN ELEVEN ACTS
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
JOE McGLYNN TALKS ABOUT HIS 5TH OUTFIT
What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
Hercules belt-back jacket, ca.1930s, Sears, Roebuck & Co.
Reproduction Levis 201 thirties jeans with cinch
Grey 1930s work shirt by Goebel, Chicago
Tweed Cap (modern), Capas Headwear, NY
Black 1930s leather boot
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
Its not all about suits…there is great style in functional work pieces of the period. There are many websites that celebrate vintage work wear.
Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
In a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
10- “Irish- lower dat beam! Roy, Heat dem rivets.”
What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
The success of this jacket derives from the appealing plaid fabric and the fit. Features such as strategically placed cinches on the sides (also found on the back of the jeans) give shape.
How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I’ll wear one of these pieces almost weekly. It’s a nice way to dress down, whether accumulating groceries or grass stains and dirt.
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?
The rugged denim, strong shirt fabric, and leather boot give a protective feeling. I could be “On the Waterfront” 20 years before the movie.
As soon as Joe attired himself as seen in this photograph, it became immediately obvious to me that he must be captured in a transitional manner that suggest movement, action and gesture that is concurrently a nod of reference to and a knowing departure from “On the Waterfront.” Mr. McGlynn was a natural for this. He knew the film’s archetypal blue-collar and Marlon Brando’s character all too well.
One may even argue that no doubt, Joe is perfectly ready and made for a remake of the film when or if an opportune moment presents. Hollywood, take note! Style wise, this is a perfect demonstrative example on how to employ clothes as a shorthand for an archetype—whether real or imagined.
On the Waterfront is a 1954 American drama film about union violence and corruption among longshoremen. The film was directed by Elia Kazan and written by Budd Schulberg. It stars Marlon Brando, Rod Steiger, Eva Marie Saint, Lee J. Cobb and Karl Malden. The soundtrack score was composed by Leonard Bernstein. It is based on a series of articles written in the New York Sun by Malcolm Johnson.
The film received eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.