Jody Watley with Debbie Harry. Paul Smith Photography Exhibition: Chris Stein’s Negative: Me, Blondie And The Advent of Punk
Jody Watley wearing a pair of heels from his recent collection with shoe designer Jerome C. Rousseau
Event Producer Bryan Rabin and Jody Watley
I first met Debbie Harry in Vienna, Austria for Lifeball several years ago. It was just two weeks ago that I was surprised that she would introduce my performance at charity gala ‘Night of A Thousand Gowns’; here we are again, this time – I have a photo!
Paul Smith Photography Exhibition: Chris Stein’s Negative: Me, Blondie And The Advent of Punk
Photo: Jody Watley from Soul Train: The Music, The Dance, The Style of a Generation by Questlove, Soul Train Holdings LLC
I’d changed clothes after performing my first solo #1 single “Looking For A New Love” to perform “Still a Thrill.” I loved that funky top hat which I’d purchased in Japan – my style always represents what I’m feeling. I still rock denim and ankle boots but wear them differently..the bra tops, not so much!
“..making a substantial dent in the annuals of pop history..” – Harper’s Bazaar, Jody Watley 1988 photographed by legendary Francesco Scavullo.
“The label at the time didn’t want to pay the fare for the trip to New York, not understanding how appearing in a fashion magazine would help sell records or raise the artists profile..but I knew, so I paid for the trip myself. It wouldn’t be long before labels would soon get it. I was familiar with the work of Scavullo because he’d photographed one of my inspirations growing up Diana Ross and I was an avid reader of VOGUE from childhood because my Mom always bought it. ” – Jody Watley