The Fitting Room Chronicles: Channeling Vera Ramone King

Once upon a time, I interviewed a lovely lady name Vera Ramone King.

Courtesy of Vera Ramone King
Courtesy of Vera Ramone King

She was the former wife of the late Dee Dee Ramone, also known as “the cute one” from a punk rock group called The Ramones. You might have heard of them.

The Ramones. Photo courtesy the Lippin Group.
The Ramones. Photo courtesy the Lippin Group.

I’ve been a huge fan of The Ramones and all things old school punk/post punk since I was a kid, so speaking with Vera and learning about Dee Dee was a personal treat of mine.

She shared with me this throwback photo wearing a very dangerous ensemble. I’ve even shared this image with Lady Starlight, a fixture in the nightlife scene and beloved collaborator of Lady Gaga’s, who adored this look as well.

Vera_Ramone pic

And sure enough, I found a piece that made me feel like a rock star’s wife.

Beat on the brat with the baseball bat? Please - I'm packing spikes!
Beat on the brat with the baseball bat? Please – I’m packing spikes!

Truthfully, this is not a piece I would ever wear and sadly, it’s been quite some time since I’ve been to a punk rock show, but somehow I needed it.

I wanna be sedated.
I wanna be sedated.

I wish I knew the story behind this piece. Was the former owner a friend of Nancy Spungen? Did she woo Joey Ramone? Did she party with Debbie Harry after making out with Iggy Pop?

While the ensemble is pretty big on me, it’s nothing that a (bewildered) tailor can’t fix. Fortunately, mine is all too familiar with random ensembles I find while thrifting.

Close-Up
Close-Up

I tried looking for similar pieces to recommend you all, but I honestly couldn’t find anything like it! Although if you search for “spiked bra” on Etsy.com, you’re in for a treat.

You can also go more traditional with a classic bullet bra a la Marilyn Monroe - you'll still poke someone's eye out.
You can also go more traditional with a classic bullet bra a la Marilyn Monroe – you’ll still poke someone’s eye out.

I haven’t worn this out quite yet, but Halloween will be here soon. Perhaps I can convince a certain Jordan Race to be my Joey Ramone (he is only one inch shorter than Joey’s towering 6’6″ frame).

Ready to frighten...in socks.
Ready to frighten…in socks.

I wondered where Vera found hers…perhaps I’m due for another chat with her.

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