always, always, always
Joan Crawford as Lucy Harbin, in Strait-Jacket (1964)
here’s a list of what i’d like to do with you:
- go on walks while holding hands
- have cute little dates
- have movie nights
- take adorable pictures
- go new places
- try new things
- fall in love
- brutally fuck you
- look at the stars
- do everything i was ever scared to do alone.
The charming headdress worn by Vivien Leigh was designed by Oliver Messel for Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Old Vic in 1937. Titania was played in this production by Vivien Leigh who, crowned with ‘stars’ and with the gauze ribbons falling down her back, looked the epitome of an imperious Victorian fairy queen. A. E. Wilson reported that she was ‘like an exquisite picture from some Victorian lady’s keepsake’. Messel, was a good friend of Leigh and kept this headdress as a prized possession, storing it in a box.
I was going to explain this photo, and then I decided that a caption competition would be more fun.
“thirty cattles! do i hear thirty?? i play very well ukulele! i make fine wife!”
…but the floor of the auction was silent.
not yet emboldened enough by drink, neil gaiman looks on, wordlessly.
the night was just beginning.