Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Yet Another Who Thinks of Sharon As Just A Victim...

I saw this today on google:

Sharon Tate…macabre ICON Exhibit focuses on Charles Manson victim! August 8th…

Bizarre, yes!

In good taste?

You decide!

On August 8th, there will be an opening of a multi-media Art & Fashion tribute to celebrated beauty Sharon Tate (titled “ICON”) at High Profile Productions in Culver City.

The intriguing exhibit is being held to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the murder of the talented actress (who was married to director Roman Polanski when the shocking event took place in the Hollywood Hills at the hands of Charles Manson and his gang of demented followers).

Hosted by sister Deborah Tate (does that make it okay, somehow?), ICON will spotlight an exquisite selection of fashion flourishes by Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Ossie Clark and Thea Porter.

Artist Jeremy Corbell – inspired by the musings of the aforementioned designers – will unveil a collection of his original art pieces which include satin prints, mixed media canvases and a Polaroid installation of original photos and negatives from a previous Sharon Tate shoot.

Undoubtedly, Roman Polanski – a fugitive in this country arising from rape charges – will not attend.

I've heard of this event coming up, but most of the articles concentrate on Sharon as a fashion icon. Why people always think only of the macabre when thinking of Sharon is beyond me. However, that is exactly why these events need to occur: to make people think beyond the murder and think of who the person actually was and what she represented.

What is wrong with Deborah Tate hosting it and showing off her sister's fashions? I think Deborah is just wanting the same thing: for people to think of her sister in a much nicer and greater way.

Some appear to forget what a mark on the 1960s Sharon actually made. There were numerous reports and interviews done with her in the US and Europe, tons of photos taken of her, she loved wearing the latest fashions first (like the shortest mini skirts when they came out) and the fact that she appeared in successful films like, "Valley of the Dolls" and "The Fearless Vampire Killers." Yes, the Dolls film was considered campy but it did make a lot of money at the box office at the time and later became a cult film for many. While Fearless was a hit in Europe because Polanski's version was shown there while a lesser, cut version by Marty Ransohoff was shown here. The European version eventually did make it here, later in the 1970s at midnight movies becoming a hit then.

Some could also say that Sharon Tate was the very face of the 1960s. Innocent, beautiful, loving, experimental, and cultural for her time. Both her clothes and makeup accent this fact.

Hopefully, in the future, there will be a time when people think beyond the victim type of thing and Sharon will emerge as the woman she should be remembered as. It is up to us, the fans and people who knew her, to make it known to the world just how special she truly was.

1 comment:

  1. I completely agree with you on this. I honestly think the fact that some people will immediately accuse others of exploitation when anything Sharon realted comes up is a projection of how they see her.