Saturday, March 24, 2012

Architecture of: American Gigolo [1980]

Director Paul Schrader was no architect, but Giorgio Armani is. He showed us a new way of seeing AND a new way of being seen: men could be dressed (fashionable) without being old-fashioned. Or effete, or [100%] queer. Bringing jacket-&-tie back to men's wardrobes may not seem like much. But with his un-constructed but expertly tailored suits, as employed by a guy whose job it was to please women, Armani made heterosexuality sexy again, even while helping to redistribute the balance of sexual power.  This scene was his entre-manifesto. 
 
























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