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soul jazz - Voguing & The House Ballroom Scene Of New York City 1989-92
**Handsome 200-page deluxe 24x30cm flexibound book with stacks of stunning photos by Chantal Regnault circa 1989-92, with intoductory essay by Tim Lawrence. Ha!** "Voguing came out of the extraordicary house ballroom scene that emerged in Hralem, New York int he 1980s where men competed against one another for their dancing skills, the realness of their drag and their ability to walk on a catwalk runway like a model. Voguing erupted into the mainstream in 1990 when Madonna's song Vogue became number one in over 30 countries. The year before Malcom Maclaren first brought voguing into the mainstream with his song Deep in Vogue featuring dancer Willi Ninja. In 1990 Jennie Livingston's film Paris is Burning, documented the house ballroom scene in it's ascendant, the film a runaway success grossing over $4,000,000. As voguing entered into the mainstream the house ballrooms of Harlem came downtown mixing with the downtown fashion crowd of Manhattan, before the onslaught of the AIDS epidemic ravaged the ballroom community. These wild years of voguing and the house ballroom scene are vividly captured at its height in hundreds of amazing, previously unpublished photographs. A visual riot of fashion, gender, polysexuality and subversive style, Voguing and the House Ballroom Scene of New York 1989-92 is also a fascinating document on sexuality and race. Photogrpaher Chantal Regnault was born in France. She left Paris after the 1968 uprisings to New York, where she lived for the next 15 years. At the end of the 1980s she became immersed in the house ballroom and voguing scene."