Kevin Barnes and his Tourific Toggery

We’re not just stuffy suits and (extremely) well-fitting trousers around here. Stagewear is another one of our sidelines.

And one of our favorite front men is Kevin Barnes, lead singer of Of Montreal.

Starting with Kevin’s creation of Georgie Fruit, the black she-male transvestite that was born in Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?, we’ve been humbly submitting looks that go as many different ways as he/she does.

(See For Our Elegant Caste from Of Montreal’s new release, Skeletal Lamping).

To get an idea of how Kevin takes the weird items we find and transforms them into stage inspiration, here are some drafts of current tour wardrobe for Skeletal Lamping:/kevin_tour/draft1/draft1.html

Thank you to Pitckfork for these excellent photos, except for the few from this month’s Rolling Stone article, below.

(The horse, btw, is Kevin’s.)

We were happy to see Kevin’s spread in this month’s Rolling Stone, which included photos of him in some of the wardrobe we produced for last year’s stage show (Hissing Fauna).

In particular, this weird number:

KEVIN BARNES at ROLLING STONE

Actually a silk 80s blazer under a dance leotard—this was a group effort.

Marcus Paglialonga (now visual merchandiser for Fred Segal Hollywood) put the pieces together and Todd Hudson constructed them into glorious unibodied weirdness:

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Finally, some of you might recognize this press photo for Hissing Fauna:

OF MONTREAL Press Photos at A FINE TOOTH

(No foxes were killed in the making of this photo.)

These looks were based this mis en scene from the 1972 film Le Charm Discret by Luis Buñuel:

LE CHARM DISCRET at A FINE TOOTH

OF MONTREAL at A FINE TOOTH