In honor of NYC gay pride Fussie and I decided to do a Friend of Dorothy shoot. For those of you who don’t know what that phrase means, I will explain.
In gay slang, a “friend of Dorothy” (occasionally abbreviated FOD) is a term for a gay man. The phrase dates back to World War II or earlier when homosexual acts were illegal in the United States. Stating that, or asking if, someone was a “friend of Dorothy” was a euphemism used for discussing sexual orientation without others knowing its meaning. A similar term, “friend of Mrs. King” (i.e. Queen) was used in England, mostly in the first half of the 20th century.
Big thanks to Wikipedia for clearing that up. When we set out to create our own Dorothy inspired look, we found that our surroundings were slightly more conducive to The Wiz. This all black version of the Wizard of Oz stars a young Diana Ross & Michael Jackson. And in this version of the story, the Brooklyn bridge is the yellow brick road and Lincoln Center is the Emerald City.
Speaking of yellow brick roads, a homeless person was kind enough to piss right where we were shooting for the sake of authenticity.
So for our Dorothy look, we needed a little updating and a little masculinity (just a little). My ruby slippers are Nike Air Max and the gingham dress is actually gingham shorts from Sleepy Jones. My puff-sleeved white shirt is an oxford from Comme Des Garcons’ Play, and my sunglasses are Robert Marc. The basket-bag that Fussie is hiding in is Daniela Gregis from Dover Street Market.
I wanted to throw in a Behind the Scenes look at Fussie, off-camera in his trailer. He likes to relax before shooting, so that he can convey the right attitude. Often he fails and throws a temper tantrum.