July 10, 2009 |
The landmark 2005 movie "Brokeback Mountain" is conventionally regarded as a romantic gay love story instead of what it really is -- a heartbreaking tragedy about the closet. Rarely does society want to admit its complicity in repression. But 40 years ago, the Stonewall Rebellion marked a sudden beginning of the protracted end of secrecy shrouding homosexuality in American life, which the closet still represents.
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June 6, 1996 |
Police investigators said Wednesday that a hospital closet bar designed to give way under pressure did not work properly, allowing a former TV game show host to hang himself in the psychiatric ward of a Glendale hospital. Meanwhile, county health officials have opened their own investigation into the death of entertainer Ray Combs, who hanged himself with a bedsheet Sunday morning at Glendale Adventist Hospital.
December 17, 1993 |
"W hat's your gift wish?" asks the well-meaning relative who loves giving us something sartorial. Durned if we know. We look in our closets, our chests of drawers, and our faces turn red at the excess. What do we want that we don't already have? Why did we buy all this stuff in the first place? When will we stop? SHE: I have a problem with this thing I call The Purchase Fantasy--that's why I have so much in my closet.
September 20, 1985 |
Just call it a fact of the high life: The more exquisite the gown, the less likely it will be worn more than once. Whoever said, "Once is not enough," was not talking about couture: The Galanos or Valentino creation for which a celebrity or socialite might spend as much as $5,000 is intended for no more than the four to six hours of exposure that she'll get from a single event. Many of these women are simply not about to take a chance of being photographed in the same gown twice.
July 25, 2010
Garment-care experts at Garde Robe share some tips on storing clothes at home: To avoid distortion and stretching, never store vintage, embellished gowns, knits or delicate items on hangers; always store these items flat, wrapped individually in acid-free tissue, and place them in a breathable, archival box. Always remove the plastic garment bags from the dry cleaner immediately. These bags do not allow the garment to breathe properly, which leads to fading from fumes.
July 25, 2010 |
You wouldn't know it from her most noteworthy roles, such as the buttoned-up, warm-hearted caretaker in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" or the fragile and worn-looking prostitute in "Hustle and Flow," but Taraji P. Henson is a self-proclaimed "fashion and shoe" girl and she's got the contents of her newly built closet to prove it. Dressed in a pair of body-hugging G Star jeans and an olive-green T-shirt with platinum-colored epaulets from...
May 14, 2000 |
"The secret to a happy marriage is separate bathrooms," says Lucy Deny-Gardner, who four years ago bought an upscale tract home in Northridge's Porter Ranch area with her husband, Craig Gardner. Though the 1960s home had lots going for it--most notably an appealing trilevel design, large backyard and a pool--it also had remarkably boring bathrooms. This bothered Deny-Gardner, who said: "Just for us to be happy, we need a good place to greet the morning."
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July 13, 2010 |
Los Angeles police are investigating a North Hills couple on suspicion of negligence after their 2-year-old son was shot to death by his 7-year-old brother with a handgun left unlocked in a closet. Detectives questioned Darren Eugene Ellis, 36, and Ebony Aiesha Ellis, 24, after the Friday evening shooting in their apartment in the 16700 block of Parthenia Street. According to a preliminary investigation, a 9-year-old found the .40-caliber handgun in a closet and took it into a bedroom where his siblings were playing, said Det. Floyd Walton of the Los Angeles Police Department's Devonshire Division.