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When one rules a savage, post-apocalyptic outpost with a fist of iron and a show-no-mercy streak, flair matters. As the ruthless Aunty Entity of brutal Bartertown in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdom, Tina Turner reigns over the walled trading-post she founded in the grim desert, an avenging angel with serious post-punk panache. "The dress Norma Moriceau concocted for Entity is an expressionist classic: a seventy-pound soldered amalgam of dog muzzles, coat hangers and chicken wire, the whole overlaid with gleaming chain-mail butcher aprons and accessorized with pendulant auto-spring earrings," reported Rolling Stone in August 1985. "The accompanying wig, styled to echo the movie’s male plumage, required Tina to shave her head for proper fitting. She offered no protest.”
(For the 2015 reboot, Mad Max: Fury Road, Charlize Theron also shaved her head.)
Entity's look was influenced by 1970's ultra-brutish and ultra-stylized A Clockwork Orange according to film critic Danny Peary in Volume 3 of his influential book series, Cult Movies; the costuming adeptly reflects an ongoing vein of violence. "Movies are really public dreams…that we share collectively in darkened theaters," the Mad Max co-director George Miller observed. "And just like dreams have functions, nightmares help us confront our dark sides. The reasons we tell these post-apocalyptic allegories, these warning fables, is to help us explore the darker, more unthinkable side of ourselves...we are unable to deal with in normal, conscious, everyday living. And I think that’s the kind of impulse that gives rise to the violence in our storytelling. There’s obviously a need for violence in stories, as it has always been present in them, whether we’re talking about biblical stories or children’s fairy tales."
Estonian designer and model Anni Jürgenson's cool earcuffs immediately reminded me of Aunty Entity's brand of cutthroat chic and would defo up the edge factor to whatever you wear it with.
- Lesley Scott
Jocelyn Wildenstein (right)
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Music: Kevin MacLeod, Incompetech.com