VARGA BAR CALENDAR FOR VALENTINE’S DAY BY CHRISTOPHER GABELLO
Christopher Gabello was commissioned by Varga Bar to do a calendar in the same tradition of the Varga Pin-up Girl calendars in an era gone by. The results are magnificent, and you can pick one up for yourself for $15 at Varga Bar 10th & Spruce Streets in Philadelphia.
According to an article written by Elizabeth Wellington:
Photographer Christopher Gabello is convinced that the more than 250 women who tried out for the Varga Bar 2010 Calendar were intrigued by the possibility of being a perfect pinup girl. “Just from the submissions, you could see these women wanted to be someone else for a minute,” Gabello said. “The calendar was a chance for them to break out of their shell – or their cubicles – for at least a day.” (Chris Gabello, rt. shooting Reid Rosenthal for the cover of Where Magazine) And break out they did, in scantily clad 1940s fashion. Think green pumps, frilly aprons, and sheer slips that, in some cases, were pretty revealing. Gabello’s project is more than a dabble in fantasy, though. The calendar, an attempt to re-create the 1940s art of painter Alberto Vargas, will be used as promotional material for the Varga Bar, a hipster hangout at the corner of 10th and Spruce Streets. For $15, it could be a post-holiday gift for the single guy in your life – especially if he understands its connection to history.Vargas, a Peruvian-born painter, was famous for painting women in alluring poses using clothing – or the lack of it – as seductive prop. Vargas’ renderings of curvaceous women in corseted underpinnings and pin curls brightened many a military bunk. His erotic work was published in Esquire and Playboy. Still, Vargas never reaped the full benefits of his success because of poor financial dealings with some of the publishers of his work. I was at one of the sessions, and Chris took this nice shot of me and Miss December, Monique Crawford.