Monday, September 20, 2010

Retrofit: My Favorite Shirtwaist at Fela!

I can't believe I went all summer without posting about this dress. It was a great find at a great shop in Brooklyn. The dress cost far too much money, but luckily, I didn't have to pay for it. It's made of linen and a lovely color for spring and summer.

It's not the best photo, but you get a sense of the dress. It's so lovely, in fact, that a palm reader chased me for half a block in Times Square, told me she liked it, and gave me a discount on a palm reading. I have a very strong aura, she said.

I made my poor, poor boyfriend snap this photo of me near Times Square after we got out of seeing Fela! It's a fantastic musical, and it definitely earned all three Tonys it won this year. Run, don't walk, to see it. Fela! tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the creator of Afrobeat and a huge political and cultural figure in his native Nigeria and all of Africa. The show itself is an incredible experience because the audience becomes part of the show, transformed into guests of Fela's legendary Shrine club. I first got introduced to Afrobeat in high school and always wanted to hear more; Fela! was a perfect chance.

The play sugarcoats a few things, of course. Most troubling is the omission of Fela's death due to complications from AIDS. I also have it on good authority that some of pidgin English has been translated incorrectly for American audiences. But the set, choreography and music are worth it. And in case you're not convinced:

P.S. Here are my fabulous shoes, from Poetic License.


  1. I love the dress and shoes! Really cute. :)

  2. Fabulous dress! What a funny story about that palm reader, she must've really liked your dress! :)


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