Gee June's 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' Moment

High school is closer to the core of the American experience than anything else I can think of.
— Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

In high school and again in college I was acquainted with 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.'  As a Senior in high school it was a project inspired by Elizabeth Taylor and a historical murder mystery rooted in Herkimer County that inspired a final paper, a short story, for English.  As a Junior in college it was a 'Mad Men' themed first semester project for Costume Illustration and Design (before 'Mad Men' existed) and a course diction to dress a plus size 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' inspired heroin for that semester's play.  As an adult, my 1960's obsession and decade old experience with the inspiration took form in this shoot with Julia for Gee June.

Julia, familiar with my references did not disappoint.  She came ready, as always, to this shoot with Peggy in full, modern, 1960's-wispy innocence.  She treaded the line between the scandalized Divorcee and the ingenuity of a Debutante at her coming out party with elegance.  

1960's JFK era on Upper East Side Fifth Avenue Manhattan and modern reads from Beatriz Williams' Schyler Sister novels breathed life into the story we captured in this shoot for Gee June.

Photography Credit: Peggy Sue Thorpe Photography; Venue: Ithaca Boat House; Model: Julia Fedorka; Hair and Make-up: Julia Fedorka; Props: Julia Fedorka and Connie Shipos; Vintage Clothing: Gee June archive and Julia Fedorka private collection; Head piece and Veil: Gee June.



...I looked at myself in my shining silk slip, my cat on a hot tin roof. I kissed my finger and touched it to the mirror.
— -"The Secret Life of Violet Grant" by Beatriz Williams