Phyllis Diller, who passed away in 2012, made her costuming, hair and makeup an integral part of her self-invented comedic persona. Diller’s 2005 autobiography is titled Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse. That is so her.
So what if her wig was unkempt, her colors loud and her makeup gaudy—She was all there, a complete package day in and day out, long before Lady Gaga.
|Killer Diller style: “My photographs don’t do me justice - they just look like me.”|
She was a beautiful woman. It took courage, talent and self-assurance to pull off an act in which being unattractive was part of the gag.
|House of Patou, 1968|
|Phyllis Diller in her cotton ball dress|
|Schiaparelli, ca. 1930|
|A caged bird|
|A 1978 photo of Phyllis Diller in her closet (Los Angeles Times) “Honey, I adore clothes. Always have, even as a baby. I follow fashion like a scientist follows rats. If I like something, I buy it in all colors.”|
This week at the Vintage Fashion Guild, the Parade is dedicated to the style of Phyllis Diller. Go funny and fearless...go maximalist!
“You think I'm overdressed? This is just my slip!”—Phyllis Diller
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