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July 23 2014

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The Mann Event

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Aimee Mann is better known today as a composer of sad-eyed, symphonic chamber pop, whose dour songs won her an Oscar nod when Paul Thomas Anderson used them in Magnolia. But in the eighties, as part of the Boston-based new wave band ‘Til Tuesday, Mann was in full avant provocateur mode—with a wardrobe to match. When we read on Racked that Mann was selling a collection of her outfits through NYC vintage dealers Vagabondnyc, we contacted proprietors Andrea Perini and Naveed Hussain for a closer look. Mann had a great eye for high-eighties rule breakers. VagaBond has the Yohji Yamamoto asymmetrical sarong she wore to the ’85 MTV Music Awards, as well as a covetable gray Yamamoto tunic dress (above right). Mann was an early jumpsuit proponent, too (her white Katharine Hamnett, above left). Other pieces are drawn from decades-old collections by Jean Paul Gaultier and Comme des Garçons. One thing’s clear—Mann’s been on this beat for years. Get in line, fellow ultra-blonde pop iconoclasts. No names, of course.


For more information and to buy, visit www.vagabondnyc.com.

Photo: Courtesy of VagaBond

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