[T]he snow globe of the 70s: a shimmering moment that was about seizing a spirit of complete freedom; dressing however you liked; having sex with whoever you liked. Sliding out of the sixties, a new libertine attitude was starting to take over.In the early days of disco, pre-Studio 54, fashion was opening its self up to a new wave of endless possibilities, prêt-à-porter was in its infancy and fashion designers were suddenly thrust into the starry spotlight.
A dazzling new documentary, Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion & Disco, is a cinematic love letter to Paris and NYC between 1969 and 1973, through the eyes of one of the most famed illustrators of the time and the most fabulous personalities who defined an era (Pat Cleveland, Donna Jordan, Tina Chow, Grace Jones and more).
Given the current social climate today – where African-American, Latino and LGBTQ rights are still being contested in dominant media – it seems potent to celebrate Antonio Lopez, a Puerto Rican-born, Bronx-raised bisexual who injected race, ethnicity and raw sexuality into fashion. We caught up with filmmaker James Crump, to reveal how the legendary artist captured the pulse of style in the early 70s, brought a unique observation of the street and popularised the selfie pre-Instagram.