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Published on Jul 23, 2008
This is a rare piece of footage documenting the work of four individuals who came together at the Chelsea Hotel one summer evening in 1977 as the punk rock era was underway and Johnny Thunders was rocking it out with the New York Dolls. The NY underground videographer at that time, Anton Perich, had just launched his cable TV series entitled "Fashion" and what better way to kick off the fall season than to have Charles James, not only the greatest American couturier, but the world's best dressmaker showcase some of his most famous gowns on model Matuschka. Featuring an interview by the precocious publicist, society columnist and New York's favorite social mountaineer, R.Courie Hay--- this footage documenting Charles James and his classic designs is both comical and illuminating. It reveals a time in NY that had become a beacon of optimism, experimentation, and dynamite stick of liberty for many artists, entrepreneurs and hipsters thriving during that time. (www.matuschka.net/BioPage.html) The still photos in this clip, taken by a variety of photographers, including Jeff Dunnas and Anton Perich, capture a bit of Matuschka's modeling career while she moonlighted at night as a video assistant, interviewer and editor. For more on Matuschka please visit: (www.matuschka.net)