Whenever there is a three-day weekend, the creative minds behind WTF!? team up to throw one of Washington’s most outrageous parties at Town Danceboutique. The Sunday night event always features an outrageous theme with outlandish performances (the Pope serving communion on the dance floor, zombie Madonnas vogueing). On Sunday, February 10 the group presents WTF: Fashion Haus.
To get ready for the party, we decided to pregame by playing you ten of our most favorite videos that center on fashion. Turn it up, and work the runway honey!
1) Freedom ’90 by George Michael
When George Michael’s Life Without Prejudice Vol 1. was released in 1990, the artist had grown tired of fame declaring “I would never like to step in front of a camera again,”. So for Freedom, he did just that. Instead of featuring George Michael, the video featured ten superstar models including Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, and Cindy Crawford. The song became a hit, and the video an icon.
2) Fashion by David Bowie
The Beep, Beep in this song is everything. By 1980, David Bowie had already become to be known as a fashion icon (and this was 12 years before he married supermodel Iman). Among other items, the video for Fashion features models and fashionistas in a soup line. Take whatever interpretation that you will.
3) Free Your Mind by En Vouge
Prejudice, wrote a song about it. Like to hear it? Here it go! In 1992, En Vogue released their anti-prejudice anthem Free Your Mind to worldwide success. The video features a catwalk of individuals combating racism, homophobia, and sexism. It’s more fun than it sounds.
4) Get Outta My Way by Kylie Minogue (Tour Video Version)
While not the official video to Get Outta My Way, Kylie Minogue released this version prior to her 2011 Aphrodite world tour. It was meant as a teaser, but we think it’s the superior video. Simple and gorgeous it features Minogue and her back up dances being fitted by Italian designers (and DILFs) Dolce and Gabbana.
5) Supermodel (You Better Work) by RuPaul
When this song was released in 1993, Kurt Cobain instantly declared it one of his favorites. It’s hard to remember how big of a hit this was on MTV, and the fact that it took heterosexuals at the time several viewings to realize that RuPaul was a drag queen (for real). In the video, RuPaul appears as a supermodel giving advice to a young girl. It’s also where she first majority employed her catchphrases “Sashay! Shantay!”
6) Wicked Game by Chris Isaak
Film director David Lynch made this song a hit in 1991 by featuring it in his movie Wild at Heart. It is a story about unrequited love that has nothing to do with fashion. Neither does the video…almost. The video was shot by fashion photographer Herb Ritts and featured a topless Chris Isaak and topless supermodel Helena Christensen rolling around a beach in Hawaii.
7) Girl Panic by Duran Duran
Duran Duran’s album All You Need is Now had moderate chart success in the US, but you probably don’t remember their single Girl Panic. The single is a bit more forgettable than the video, which is amazing. It features supermodels Naomi Campbell, Eva Herzigova, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen, and Yasmin Le Bon portraying the members of Duran Duran. It is also shot gorgeously.
8) Addicted to Love and Simply Irresistible by Robert Palmer
In the 1980’s both Addicted to Love and Simply Irresistible became icons which were much repeated by other acts, and parodied by popular culture. In 1986, music video director (and fashion photographer) Terrence Donovan got a group of models drunk on wine and told them to act like mannequins as part of Palmer’s band in Addicted to Love. Donovan would revive this concept for Palmer’s 1988 hit Simply Irresistible.
9) Bad Romance by Lady Gaga
Even if you are not a Lady Gaga fan, it is hard to deny how gorgeous (if crazy) her video to Bad Romance is. Gaga notes that the concept of the video centers on her getting kidnapped by a group of supermodels who drug her and sell her to the Russian mafia for sexual slavery. Yes, that was lost on us to. However, the Bad Romance video is also noted for featuring the final collection of Alexander McQueen. Gaga’s use of McQueen’s line helped popularize his final collection and inspire an entire season of ready-to-wear knock off pieces (especially of his lobster claw shoes).
10) Vogue by Madonna
Released in 1990, Vogue became one of the biggest songs of the decade and helped bring the underground queer house culture to the forefront of pop culture. While there is plenty of fashion references in the video itself, its true ode to fashion is its use of ball culture – which centers on participants vogueing (itself a dance taken from fashion), and presenting in various fashion subgenres.
WTF: Fashion Haus
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