Phantom Thread’s Hidden Gay

David Ehrenstein’s take on the new movie Phantom Threads focuses on the near certainty that the character Day-Lewis plays was a gay man. However, the movie presents him as straight. The “confirmed bachelor” as the character Reynolds Woodcock describes himself was coded language for gay man during the era. Several of the stylists I describe in my book Hollywood Bohemians such as Warner Brothers’ stylist Orry-Kelly, were also gay men who did not view women as sex objects but still saw them as muses that inspired them to make their great creations.

My favorite gay designer that I discuss in the book is excited about dressing a woman in a full-length gown while she runs around in the jungle.

Here’s Ehrenstein’s review of the movie

http://gaycitynews.nyc/heterosexualitys-phantom-stalking/

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