Designed by German singer Klaus Nomi (born Klaus Sperber; January 24?, 1944 – August 6, 1983) and artist Page Wood in 1980. Andrew Horn, director of the indispensable Klaus Nomi documentary "The Nomi Song," recalls, "As explained in the movie, Klaus thought it up - based on his silhouette on the wall at the Fiorucci show - and Page Wood made up the actual artwork. I'm not sure exactly when it was first used - maybe the Xenon show?" A fairly flashy but informative site on Nomi's life is here. Angelically amazing in voice, astounding in appearance and literally unforgettable, there will never be another like Klaus Nomi in our lifetimes or the lifetimes of our descendants, world without end, amen.
In slightly unrelated news, I'll be reviewing Stephen Colbert's new book "I Am America (And So Can You!)" for the Los Angeles Times in early October. WHOOOOOSH!