Fashion Preview 1980’s

You are looking at one of the most amazing things ever.   The “Fashion Preview 1980’s” you see above is from an issue of US magazine dated January 8,1980 and features an interview with our hero, designer Larry LeGaspi, pictured here flanked with models wearing his glorious space-age creations.  I’m gagging about discovering that he also made wedding gowns and I imagine that any bride wearing a LeGaspi down the aisle was the most gorgeously galactic woman on the planet.   I also love that he “called it” back in then, saying that the children of that time would someday be living in outer space– and as we know, it’s not that far away Soldiers!

A big glittering “thank you'” goes out to Jane, a very special Sparkle Soldier, who knew that this would be a dazzling addition to my archives- THANK YOU SO MUCH JANE!
This should also serve as a reminder of how important it is for the Sparkle Army to look out for one another.  And by “look out for one another”,  I mean that any information, photos or other material having to do with Larry LeGaspi (especially any of his priceless vintage creations!) be sent my way immediately.


Today’s Sparkle Video is a fabulous fashion time capsule of grand proportion.  The  D.D. Sound is completely surrounded by the “athletic disco” look that was all the rage in 1977, complete with headbands, satin shorts and those old school striped gym socks that everyone loves.  I must admit this clip of “1,2,3,4 Gimme Some More” looks like it could be a commercial for American Apparel,  the clothing line that makes a fortune dressing people like a 70’s porn.  I wonder if the owner, Dov Charney, has ever seen this video because it would be genius to recreate.  And can you imagine the casting sessions?  SIZZLE !




Today’s Sparkle Video is pretty much EVERYTHING.   Thanks to the Videodrome Discotheque vault, we have this exceptionally disco-tastic clip of the  Ritchie Family, singing the anthem of anyone who has ever felt the urgency of needing to get on the dance floor immediately “I Feel Disco Good” as a video has personified that feeling by showing the ladies climbing the walls and writhing around in so much disco smoke, you can barely see them.   Thankfully, they’ve got those super high n’ tight ponytails (the only kind that matter) and sexy flowing chiffon dresses to make sure our eyes “stay on the prize”- them!   A special bonus is the seamless incorporation of footage from several classic disco movies .  This makes for such a show-stopping finale, that I’ve decided to stay home today, crank up the AC and watch each and every one of these fabulous films again.


Today’s Sparkle Video features Italian dancer and songstress Heather Parisi, who could teach the world a thing or two about delivering a showstopping performance.  This clip is from Musikladen, which means it’s already fabulous, but she works it like no other so watch and learn Soldiers!

 First lesson:  Bring giant-sized black and white cutouts of yourself to give the set a spaced-out Metropolis feel.  Very effective!  Second:  Outfit.  Heather’s dazzling interpretation of the tuxedo consists of a bedazzled dickie that gives the tease of side boob, but yet her naughty bits are strategically guarded by flesh colored fabric.  To complete her disco-tastic formal wear style is the only choice that makes sense- black sequin hot shorts.   Third:  Back-up dancers.  Dressed in satin, sequins and spandex.  Get Some.




In honor of my own “Teenage Rampage” last night celebrating the Fourth,  today’s Sparkle Video features one of my all-time favorite bands, The Sweet.    Soldiers, this is the way rock stars are supposed to look:  Head-to-toe metallic fashion with a good dose of embellishments, fabulous hair and lots of attitude.  All of this extra dazzle exemplifies the glam rock period which I’m hoping returns to the stage soon because when I pay for a concert ticket, I want the FULL SHOW.    Seriously, if I wanted to stare at jeans and t-shirts, I could just go stand in  The Gap for free, am I right?