|Fez party time!|
Fez #1 - Classic
|I like to add gaudy pins to them!|
This is a shorty version of the classic red fez. It is made of thick red felt and has the longest most tassely tassel you have ever seen. I fell in love with it immediately! I met the lady who originally owned it and she said that she would collect hats from her world travels as souvenirs. She gave me a heckova deal on it because I was so taken with it!
Fez #2 - The Lady Fez
|It came with this snazzy hat box|
|This pin reminds me of the drunk dream sequence from Disney's Dumbo with the pink dancing elephants|
Fez#3 - White Knights
|It reads: Caballeros De Dimas-Alang - Karurukang Dak Kalihiman Simoun No 4|
|Nice big rhinestone tassel band|
Here is a group shot of some Caballeros de Dimas-Alang. Note the white Fezzes! What a snazzy bunch of fellas!
|Pic courtesy of University Libraries of Washington|
Like most vintage lovers, I have an undeniable fondness for fez hats. By the way, what is the plural for them fezzes? Fezi? Fezs? I'll just stick with fezzes. Anyway, is there anything more kitschy and iconic than these silly overblown pillbox hats with long tassles? Doesn't the idea of a fez immediately conjure up visions of Shriners riding around in their little cars or a party animal in a smoking jacket tossin' back martinis? How about a be-fezzed monkey smoking a cigarette? I have long had the love for fezzes. Check out some evidence from the ol' I.H.E. evidence locker to back up my obsession whydontcha:
Exhibit A: I actually wear them
I'm sure you noticed my mug shot up there on the left. Yessir, that is "The blog author relaxing at home" pose. Submitted again here for closer inspection. Looks like I'm a bit perturbed that my corncob pipe smoking was interrupted for this photo. Of course we all know this picture is 100% authentic! (wink wink) This fez was worn out to a party the very night I obtained it and recieved rave reviews. Well to be truthful, it remained on my head from the instant I found it at a thrift shop and stayed there until coincidentally there was a party that night. It has the longest tassle I've ever seen on a fez, coming in at about 18"! I added the big gold feather pin to this otherwise unembellished fez.
|Jeeves, fetch me my slippers.|
|Hipstamatic proof of ye ole' fez at the party. Thanks Alicia!|
Exhibit B: I build entire costumes around them
Lets go back a bit further to another photo that has appeared on this blog before. Anyone remember my Halloween Hootenanny post of homemade costumes? In this one I am essentially a really kitschy party animal. I called this costume Drunk Monkey. I made this costume from a bag of fake fur and a million hot glue sticks. Not yet owning a real fez, I transformed a felt covered Tupperware container into a fez!
|I made the little "drunk monkey wearing a fez" patch on the fez out of felt. Fez on a fez!|
|In case you were wondering, yes I did fulfill the drunk part of the costume and yes it was very hot in that suit!|
Exhibit C: They appear in my art
Art and doodles with animals in fezzes. I guess this is where the idea for Drunk Monkey originated. Here is Mr. Monkey (on his day off) working the dames over at the bar. This drawing ended up being a print ad for a boutique I used to work at called Blue Moon. It was so loved by the owner, that she also commissioned a large painting of it to display in the window.
|I drew this all freehand pen & ink and then imported to Photoshop for color.|
|Here is the acrylic painting version. Don't you want to just live in this window? I love the reds and the blue together. So pretty!|
|Here is a fun little doodle that always makes me smile, it's called GoGo Gator and has been turned into stickers. I enjoy sticking him up around town. There is one at our local DMV I hope he makes the folks at the DMV smile, they can use it! |
|He started as just a doodle and ended up being a star!|
Then of course some of you lucky bloggers have one of my handmade Fezmingos at home!
The Fez obsession is definitely not a passing fad for me! I will be keeping my eyes open for them in the future and can't wait to watch my collection grow. Are any of you lifetime members of the Fez Fanclub? Do you have your own collections? I'd love to see them!