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Glamor and Splendor Reflect Orchestral Opulence

Ascribed to a cultural movement of any timeperiod is not a specific costume but a broad range of fashion symbolic of the "message" of the cultural movement. During humanity's Age of Enlightenment, it is not as much the glamorous clothing and makeup as the joy of spirit that generated the image of the individual. As the dead-of-mind-and-spirit of the classless 1950s/1960s Elvis Presley/Marilyn Monroe/The Beatles/My Mother the Car/ Gilligan's Island/Petticoat Junction/Green Acres/Laugh-In/The Munsters/ Lost in Space/Hogan's Heroes/The Addam's Family/The Beverly Hillbillies/ Get Smart/The Flying Nun/I Dream of Jeannie/My Favorite Martian/Bewitched/ The Monkees/McHale's Navy/Gomer Pyle/F-Troop/Hee-Haw/Woodstock imbecile generation disintegrated into oblivion, all forms of artistic expression - from film to photography, television to music - exploded with the never-before-experienced intellectual energy borne of 1970s philosophical awakening. Clothing, endued with Art-Deco-style silk and satin, evoked the glamor of film and photography of the 1920s and 1930s; but, added to the fashion splendor is color, infusing the artistic composition with a passion and emotion absent in other timeperiods. In order to complete an ensemble reminiscent of the Disco Era, one must possess an internal energy that exudes dignity. Note the predominance of men's sleek tuxedos and bow-ties, and women's flowing silk gowns and pumps, and - contrary to what the vermin of society perpetuate - not one platform shoe! Observe evidence to humanity's reaching its zenith in not only the audio arts but the arts of all the senses:

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Pattie Brooks, 1979
Art Direction/Photography:
Harry Langdon
Graphics: Michael Lee


Thelma Houston, 1979
Art Direction/Design/Photography:
Ed Caraeff


Inner Life, 1979
Art Direction/Design/Photography:
Trudy Schlachter,
B. Villenueva
(Photographed at Régine's, New York City)


Carol Williams, 1979
Art Direction: Carl Napolitano
Art Design: N.W. Ward
Photography: Kaz Inouye


Samantha Sang, 1979
Art Direction/Design/Photography:
Nancy Greenberg


Barbara Pennington, 1978
Art Direction/Design:
Paul Henry
Photography: Trevor Rogers


The Salsoul Strings, 1978
Art Direction/Design:
Paula Bisacca
Photography: Robert Belott
Graphics: Lloyd Gelassen


Madleen Kane, 1978
Art Direction/Design/Photography:
Gilles Ben Simon,
Claude Guillemin


Lorraine Johnson, 1978
Art Direction/Design:
Ancona Design Atelier
Photography: Bernard Vidal


Cory Daye, 1979
Art Direction/Design:
Acy Lehman, Dick Smith
Illustration: Doug Johnson


Lenny Williams, 1979
Art Direction/Design:
Stuart Kusher
Photography: Dick Zimmerman


Finished Touch, 1978
Art Direction/Design:
Norm Ung, Denise Minobe
Photography: Gary Heery


Carol Douglas, 1977
Art Direction/Design:
Dick Smith
Photography: Joyce Rainboldt


Beverly Johnson, 1979
Art Direction/Design: Donn Davenport
Photography: Francesco Scavullo


Broadway, 1979
Art Direction/Design:
Sandi Young
Photography: Jim Houghton


Saint Tropez, 1978
Art Direction/Design:
Gregg Cobarr
Photography: Phillip Dixon


Deborah Washington, 1979
Art Direction/Design:
Carol Feldman
Photography: Sam Vinci


Crown Heights Affair, 1979
Art Direction/Design:
Jim Schubert
Photography: Richard Fegley


T.C. James and the Fist O' Funk Orchestra, 1979
Art Direction: Brian Palmer
Art Design: Ansell/Sadgrove
Photography: Pete Vernon


The Raes, 1979
Art Direction/Design:
David Andoff
Photography: Eedie Steiner


Esther Williams, 1978
Art Direction/Design/Photography:
Hal Wilson


Rena Scott, 1979
Art Direction/Design:
Donn Davenport
Photography: John Ford


Ruth Waters, 1979
Art Direction/Design:
Acy Lehman
Photography: Nick Sangiamo


Phyllis Hyman, 1979
Art Direction/Design:
Donn Davenport
Photography: John Ford


Gary Toms, 1977
Art Direction: George Osaki
Art Design/Photography:
Richard Seireeni


The Salsoul Orchestra, 1978
Art Direction: Stanley Hochstadt
Art Design/Photography:
Lori Lambert


Mary Wilson, 1979
Art Direction: John Cabalka
Art Design: Ginny Livingston
Photography: Claude Mougin


Leroy Hutson, 1979
Art Direction: Glenn Ross
Art Design: Earl Klasky
Photography: Elliot Gilbert


Frisky, 1979
Art Direction/Design:
Ancona Design Atelier
Photography: Bernard Vidal


Pamala Stanley, 1979
Art Direction: Bill Burks
Art Design: Jeff Lancaster
Photography: Tom Gibson


Millie Jackson, 1979
Art Direction/Design:
Stephanie Zuras
Photography: H. Buff Herr


Debbie Jacobs, 1979
Art Direction/Design:
John Georgopoulos
Photography: Tom Keller


Ronnie Dyson, 1979
Art Direction/Design:
John Berg, Andrea Klein
Photography: Duane Michaels


Carrie Lucas, 1979
Art Direction: Tim Bryant
Art Design: George Corsillo
Photography: Ron Slenzak


Freda Payne, 1979
Art Direction: Roy Kohara, Stan Handman
Art Design: Phil Shima
Photography: Phil Fewsmith


Lightning, 1979
Art Direction/Design:
Murry Whiteman, Michael Kevin Lee
Photography: Scott Hensel


Alton McClain & Destiny, 1979
Art Direction/Design:
Stephanie Zuras
Photography: Olivier Ferrand


Amant, 1978
Art Direction: Rik Ogden
Art Design: Ray Martinez
Photography: Dan Barba


Bonnie Boyer, 1979
Art Direction/Design:
Mark Handel
Photography: Bill King


Linda Evans, 1979
Art Direction/Design:
John Georgopoulos
Photography: Sam Vinci


Miquel Brown, 1979
Art Direction/Design:
Susan Reinhardt
Hand-tinting: Mary Anne Shea


Biddu, 1976
Art Direction: Roslav Szaybo
Art Design: J. Guttner, Roslav Szaybo
Photography: Peter Lavery


Cy Coleman, 1976
Art Direction/Design:
Dick Smith, Acy Lehman
Photography: David Hecht


Brandye, 1978
Art Direction/Design:
Greg Porto, Joe Gschwind
Photography: Gary Ryan


Michel Legrand, 1979
Art Direction/Design:
Jean-Loïc Delbord
Illustration: Raymond Moretti


Johnnie Taylor, 1977
Art Direction/Design:
Robert Biro
Photography: Frank Lafitte


Meco Monardo, 1978
Art Direction/Design/Illustration:
Gribbitt!


Vivian Reed, 1979
Art Direction: Bill Burks
Art Design: Roy Guzman
Photography: Don Hunstein


Walter Murphy, 1979
Art Direction: Dick Smith
Art Design: Paul Plumadore
Photography: Nick Sangiamo


The Trammps, 1977
Art Direction/Design:
Ed Lee
Photography: Michael Dakota


East Coast, 1979
Art Direction: Glenn Ross
Art Design: Bill Naegels
Illustration: Lisa Paperno


Partners, 1979
Art Direction/Design/Illustration:
M. Montaclair
C. Tchalekian


Alec R. Costandinos and the Synchophonic Orchestra, 1977
Art Direction: Phyllis Chotin
Art Design: Henry Vizcarra
Photography: Ron Slenzak


Sylvester, 1978
Art Direction: Phil Carroll
Art Design: Dennis Gassner
Photography: Phil Bray


Soundtrack to Nocturna, 1979
Art Direction: George Osaki
Art Design: Terry Larson
Photography: Charles Bush, Frank Lafitte


First Choice, 1979
Art Direction/Design/Photography:
Michael Tighe
Artwork: Richard Bernstein


El Coco, 1978
Art Direction/Design/Illustration: The Committee


MFSB, 1978
Art Direction/Design:
Phyllis H.B., Ed Lee, Ricki Sellner
Photography: Jim Houghton


Celi Bee, 1979
Art Direction/Design:
Richard Roth
Photography: John Galuzzi


Hott City, 1979
Art Direction/Design/Photography:
Graham Henman

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