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1982 Night of 100 Stars Fashion Show
January 12, 2012 7:01 PM   Subscribe


 
I was in the mood for something hundred-y.
posted by Trurl at 7:02 PM on January 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


Wow, that "Hooked on Classics" beat is ELECTRIC!
posted by tristeza at 7:06 PM on January 12, 2012 [4 favorites]




We've often been presented with evidence that models can't act.

It's nice to know the reverse is true, as well.
posted by jacquilynne at 7:29 PM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Judith Jamison was the best.
posted by MegoSteve at 7:36 PM on January 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


Oh, god, tristeza - I think I got that cassette (and its two sequels) through my junior high school's magazines-and-other-miscellaneous-things sales contest.

[curls into fetal position on the floor; applies Stridex pads to face]
posted by Guy Smiley at 7:45 PM on January 12, 2012 [4 favorites]


Oh no they did not just sent Nell Carter down that runway in a sack and pretend it was fashion.
posted by Help, I can't stop talking! at 7:48 PM on January 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


Yeah, but you gotta admit, she owned the fuck out of it.
posted by Guy Smiley at 7:55 PM on January 12, 2012 [10 favorites]


It's kind of sad to me that fashion has become kind of static in the past 10 years. Sure, the 80s fashions look ridiculous to a lot of people nowadays, but they were very distinctly 80s, as 70s were, as 60s, 50s, 40s... Somewhere around 1995, fashion kind of stood in place and only the smallest changes have been made. I can't tell you a big trend that hit in 2001 that would look terribly out-of-place in 2011, which certainly couldn't be said between 1982 and 1992.

Fashion needs someone to come out of nowhere and shake things up entirely. I wonder if that'll ever happen again.
posted by xingcat at 7:56 PM on January 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


True. Cicely Tyson, on the other hand, was clinging to her dignity by the thinnest of threads.
posted by Help, I can't stop talking! at 7:56 PM on January 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


I was just watching the documentary "Cocaine Cowboys" on Netflix in another tab and then flipped over to this randomly. It was a very smooth transition.
posted by This_Will_Be_Good at 8:13 PM on January 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


The skirt tossing became competitive.
posted by stbalbach at 8:17 PM on January 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


Dear people laughing at this who also wear ridiculous oversized sunglasses:

A cold finger just touched your heart, didn't it?
posted by BitterOldPunk at 8:22 PM on January 12, 2012 [11 favorites]


xingcat: "It's kind of sad to me that fashion has become kind of static in the past 10 years. Sure, the 80s fashions look ridiculous to a lot of people nowadays, but they were very distinctly 80s, as 70s were, as 60s, 50s, 40s... Somewhere around 1995, fashion kind of stood in place and only the smallest changes have been made. I can't tell you a big trend that hit in 2001 that would look terribly out-of-place in 2011, which certainly couldn't be said between 1982 and 1992.

Fashion needs someone to come out of nowhere and shake things up entirely. I wonder if that'll ever happen again.
"

Have you seen the hipsters? Hipster fashion from 2001 does NOT look like hipster 2011, I can guarantee you that. Oh sure, there are some historical antecedents, in the sense that say... Cro-Magnon was a hominid antecedent to Homo-Sapiens, but they are definitely not the same.

It just got more and more fucking ridiculous than ever before.

Also. Emo haircuts. Blech. That ... thing... with the bangs all on one side (a la Bieber...) seriously?
posted by symbioid at 8:25 PM on January 12, 2012


xingcat: "It's kind of sad to me that fashion has become kind of static in the past 10 years. Sure, the 80s fashions look ridiculous to a lot of people nowadays, but they were very distinctly 80s, as 70s were, as 60s, 50s, 40s... Somewhere around 1995, fashion kind of stood in place and only the smallest changes have been made. I can't tell you a big trend that hit in 2001 that would look terribly out-of-place in 2011, which certainly couldn't be said between 1982 and 1992."

If you didn't catch it when it showed up here earlier, you might find this thread very interesting.
posted by barnacles at 8:29 PM on January 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


Brooke Shields actually seemed to have a clue how to move, which makes sense. The twirls were the harbingers of mood, for me - they ranged from "I know I look ridiculous but I've downed a lot of alcohol and I'm going for it!" to "Yeah, yeah, twirl, twirl." to "I vill NOT tvirl for you."

And oh my, poor Cicely Tyson. She looked like a penguin, or someone wearing comically large fashion clown pants. Plus having to avoid Danielle Brisbois. On rollerblades.
posted by booksherpa at 8:33 PM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


start - Ann Miller
0:20 - Priscilla Barnes
0:36 - Peggy Fleming
0:49 - Ann Jillian
1:04 - Catherine Bach
1:13 - Cathy Lee Crosby
1:30 - Melissa Gilbert
1:41 - Linda Evans
1:55 - Loni Anderson
2:05 - Joyce DeWitt
2:20 - Susan Anton
2:34 - Valerie Harper
2:48 - Linda Gray
3:04 - Brooke Shields
3:15 - Dina Merrill
3:30 - Judith Jameson
3:46 - Eva Gabor
3:59 - Kate Jackson
4:18 - Morgan Fairchild*
4:30 - Anna Moffo
4:41 - Gina Lollobrigida
4:56 - Victoria Principal
5:08 - Nell Carter
5:23 - Arlene Dahl
5:40 - Cicely Tyson
5:53 - Danielle Briseboise
6:08 - Cher
posted by Lukenlogs at 8:36 PM on January 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


0:00 - Spider man's girl
posted by Mblue at 8:39 PM on January 12, 2012


Live-commenting:

Peggy Fleming is the first one who actually knows how to work it. This surprised me.

Ann Jillian fired her manager that night, I hope.

Mellisa Gilbert decided that very night that she was going into the political side of things.

I've never been more disappointed in Linda Evans. You'd think she'd know not to smirk. You'd be wrong.

I hope Loni Anderson hates Giorgio Sant'Angelo as much as he hates her.

And we have the second woman who knows how to work it. Susan Anton...c'mere.

Valerie Harper is on Twitter! Wonder what she thinks of all this. I just asked her.

Thing about Linda Gray's performance here is, she looks so amused and awkward I just am totally turned on by it. TMI? Probably the Wild Turkey talking.

Brooke, who's doubtless done a million runways by this time, should be doing much better. She's obviously above all this. FUCK HER.

Notice how Judith Jamison can't wait for Dina Merrill even though La Merrill graciously waited for Brooke Shields to klomp off stage. Yeah, we get it, Judith, you're a bird. A very rude bird. However, you're the first one who looks like you really like your gown so I'm kind of embarrassed and gratified at the same time. And of course, you're a dancer so you have to dance for this event. That's what I hate about dancers. They always think everything cries out for terpsichore. Do you suppose if they added Joan Rivers to this gig, she'd come out doing stand-up? Don't answer that. Please, don't answer that.

Damn, Eva.

Love Kate. "Is it my turn?" And WTF is it with that exit gesture? "Here is a gesture. Bye!"

Wow, Gina Lollabrigida is smoking. She's the same age I am now. I wonder what I would have thought of her then. Somehow I keep accidentally pausing it right at 4:53 when her bosom is at its most Italian.

HaHa

(side note) Jaeger actually mixes ok with Noilly Prat.

Oh, sure, "Nell Carter -- let's go to the (heretofore unseen) wide shot til she's gone."

Arlene Dahl Once married to Fernando Lamas! Only a couple years older than Gina Lollabrigida but it's kind of sad.

Now I get Janell Monae. On a side note, I always loved Cicely Tyson and yet always felt like she looked like her feet hurt. This night has not changed that.

I'm guessing this ran on CBS?

Director and chyron guy should be fired for the early Mackie/Cher reveal. She owns when she's properly framed but losing her amongst all those frills is inexcusable. Not her fault! I do hope Ann Jillian fired her agent. Definitely the worst of the lot and not her fault! Strange how the eye follows Peggy Fleming the same way the eye follows Brittany Murphy whenever she's in a number, even in the background.

This has been live drunk commenting.
posted by Infinity_8 at 8:44 PM on January 12, 2012 [13 favorites]


I could be mistaken, but I thought I heard a surge of applause for Gina Lollabrigida, which would be appropriate considering how great she looked.
posted by Trurl at 8:46 PM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


start - Ann Miller
...
6:08 - Cher


I guess the marketing department figured 'Night of Over Two Dozen Stars' lacked a certain zip.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 8:47 PM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Things I realized watching this:

1) Hooked on Classics was THE BOMB, YO!

2) Gosh, Linda Evans (smirking or not) was beautiful.

3) Apparently, Peggy Fleming invented the big hair that would be all the rage in my high school 6 years after this special aired.

4) I miss Nell Carter.
posted by KingEdRa at 8:58 PM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


The longer Linda Evans's hair is on display, the bigger it gets. This is the '80's!
posted by Infinity_8 at 9:03 PM on January 12, 2012


Catherine Bach can do no wrong. Pre-pubescent me will not allow any of you to say otherwise.
posted by Capt. Renault at 9:10 PM on January 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


Wikipedia has been getting a workout here finding out what happened to these people. Weird facts about Morgan Fairchild:
She dated United States Senator and presidential candidate, John Kerry, in the early 1980s.
During the early 1970s Fairchild was kidnapped and held against her will on two separate occasions.
posted by readery at 9:16 PM on January 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


Mean girls totally snubbed Bo Derek.
posted by Sailormom at 9:18 PM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


I thought the first person to appear was Freddie Mercury, but it's late, and I've been coding all day...
posted by gwint at 9:19 PM on January 12, 2012


Well, @Sailormom, I decided early on that we weren't going to get the A-list here. Bo wasn't snubbed, it was vice-versa.
posted by Infinity_8 at 9:23 PM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Kate Jackson is all "I'm in a dress. PEACE. I'm out."
posted by katillathehun at 9:35 PM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Ann Jillian is all, "this is me being SASSY, Middle America! Sassy in STRIPES!"
posted by scody at 10:59 PM on January 12, 2012


Loni Anderson looked out of place wearing that over-sized Notre Dame football helmet.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 1:44 AM on January 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


You cannot look at their hair and fail to see how humanity ripped a hole in the ozone layer.
posted by srboisvert at 3:25 AM on January 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


The programming--which has sat dormant inside me since 1982--has been activated by Valerie Harper 108, wearing Bill Blass, and the precise RPM of disco-Beethoven accompanying her twirling. I am ready to complete the mission: I await your command.
posted by eegphalanges at 3:54 AM on January 13, 2012 [7 favorites]


I can remember being in the 1980s, thinking that I was so lucky to be growing up in such a modern and cool time, missing those lame 70s with the cheesy disco and lame rock. It was New Wave, baby! And our fashion was cool!

What the fuck was I thinking?
posted by Meatbomb at 5:54 AM on January 13, 2012 [4 favorites]


OMG is that Rhoda? Ouch.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 5:56 AM on January 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Cher in Bob Mackie was the only way this could have ended.
posted by candyland at 6:33 AM on January 13, 2012 [6 favorites]


I can remember being in the 1980s, thinking that I was so lucky to be growing up in such a modern and cool time, missing those lame 70s with the cheesy disco and lame rock. It was New Wave, baby! And our fashion was cool!

You were and it was.

\grew up in the seventies. Disco duck, y'all.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 8:37 AM on January 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Where the fuck was Charo?!
posted by msali at 8:50 AM on January 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


The programming--which has sat dormant inside me since 1982 ...

Ann Jillian Candidate!
posted by pracowity at 9:56 AM on January 13, 2012 [3 favorites]


I'm surprised and dismayed by how much of my cranial real estate must be spent on people like that. I recognized half of them on sight and maybe two-thirds of them when their names were announced, and I didn't even watch their shows. OK, I used to see Rhoda on the MTM show back when she was just a sidekick and Cher on the Sonny & Cher Show back when her daughter was a girl, but the rest I must know from too many nights with Johnny Carson. (Just like all of the silly secondhand things I know from too many nights with MetaFilter. Heeeere's Matty!)
posted by pracowity at 10:33 AM on January 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


grew up in the seventies. Disco duck, y'all

Yeah, but if you were looking in the right direction there was much better stuff than Disco Duck, I don't think any decade of modern music can really top this one. My former self thinking the 1980s was better was sniffing glue.

1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
posted by Meatbomb at 10:55 AM on January 13, 2012 [5 favorites]


I forgot how gigantic clothes were! They should be cheaper today ... much less fabric.
posted by thinkpiece at 5:14 PM on January 13, 2012


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