Mr. Fashion (aka Gerard Little)

This from Michael Musto:

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I sadly received this email yesterday from scene survivor Jacob Burckhardt about one of the downtown bright lights who've made my years and years of clubcrawling all the more luminescent:

"Just to let you know, Gerard Little, aka Mr. Fashion, aka Mahogany Plywood, passed away around noon today.

He did a lot of performing at the Pyramid Club, Club 57, P.S. 122 (with Ethyl Eichelberger) in the '80s. He ran a guest lecture series at King Tut's Wawa Hut and appeared in several films that Royston Scott and I did more recently (check out louisthefourteenthstreet.com). You can also see him on youtube (write Mr. Fashion and Nefertiti in the search box and you will see his most recent performance at P.S. 122 in May, or Mr. Fashion and Limelight and you'll see him in great form in 1984)

He died of an HIV-related cancer. There will be a funeral in New Jersey on Saturday."

Ciao, bella! It's the death of Fashion.

Update: There will be a funeral on Saturday, August 9th at 10 AM at Trinity Church, 218 Passaic Street, Hackensack, NJ. The public is invited to attend.


Photo by Jacob Burckhardt
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Gerard was very low key.
Very talented and right up there in the Pyramid Club royal pantheon but he never pushed it.
Very sweet man.


Oh, Mr Fashion! What a legend. I'm posting a bit late, but funny I had been thinking about MR. Fashion because on the first episode of Projecxt Runway this season, Stella, the biker chick*chose trash bags for the "gristedes Challenge" and then found that they were falling apart. All I could think was, Mr. Fashion would have won that challenge - and he would have told anyone, you want at least 3-mils thick if yoiu are going to make a dress from a black plastic garbage bag! A couple of weeks later, I got an emil from Linda Simpson about Gerard passing . . . I was too depressed to post it here.

We did many shows together at Pyramid - and true to what others are saying, he was so kind and sweet to everyone. Oh he could dish, get angry, and be frustrated with queens, like the rest of us, but he didn't hold grudges and he did always find something good to say about everybody.

Remeber his song "I'm a Negro From Conneticut"? It was one of my favorite "old gems" from the Pyramid Treasure Chest(nut). He was a master of the Hattie Hathaway school of "hold the script in your hand" acting technique. And his Wah-Wah Hut lecture series was brilliant with guests like Quentin Crisp and Tiny Tim. Oh Gerard, I wish you peace.


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* I adore her.
I first knew Gerard as a bowtie,Afro wearing High School artroom outcast.We danced together for many years at the Center for Modern Dance Ed.in Hackensack,N.J.Was one of the original Fashion Victims at Club 57etc.,on cable TV before anyone had cableTV,had a part in His Frankie Lymon Movie,he made my wedding dress 30 yrs.ago-in true Gerard fashin I was late because he had to finish the dress-and counted old him among my dearest old friends.We last spoke around his birthday,April 26,and was shocked and saddened to hear of his death.He was one of a kind.I loved him .He will be missed and remembered fondly by many of us here on the other side of the river.So long Dr.Pap Smear,Mr. Dan Skin,MR. Fashion,Gerard Little.....Love,Fifi Budoir(Elissa Machlin-Lockwood)
PLEASE COME AND HELP US RAISE A TOAST TO THE MEMORY OF OUR FRIEND GERARD LITTLE. WE WILL BE SCREENING CLIPS OF HIS PERFORMANCES AND FILMS FROM THE EARLY 80'S TO EARLY '08. THERE WILL ALSO BE AN OPEN MIC FOR THOSE WHO HAVE AN ANECDOTE THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO SHARE.

HOPE TO SEE YOU ON WEDNESDAY!

ROYSTON SCOTT

>>>>> Mr. Fashion
>>>>> Velvet Johnson
>>>>> Mahogany Plywood
>>>>> Gerard Little
>>>>> Come to a Memorial
>>>>> Wednesday, October 8, at 8PM
>>>>> at Millennium Film Workshop
>>>>> 66 east 4th st., between Bowery and Second Ave.
>>>>> More Information at (212)673-0090

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I'am Dana ... I loved Gerard & will forever miss him. The softspoken, professional entertainer i got to know through many years always had nice things to say. okay most of the time he had nice things to say but he is a beautiful memory in my mind. I'm only saddened to hear of his passing so late. (nobody tells me shit you mother fuckers THANKS) didn't even know until i scrolled the page. what a funny fuck he was. those skinny legs ! BYE 4 now
Gerard Little's birthday is Monday, April 26. He would have been 55.

I grew up with Gerard in Hackensack, NJ. Gerard, Kevin Richardson and I spent those deeply formative years from 12-20 as our own clique and each others' biggest fans. We delivered newspapers, went to movies, worked at BK, danced at CYO's, chased girls (sometimes each others) and began the transformation from what we were born to what we were born to be. Gerard's mother, Juanita, was Frankie Lymon's sister. Gerard has four brothers - Lee, Michael, Duane and Chuck, who are just as much Frankie's nephew as Gerard. I hope they are all okay.

Thought of Gerard this week as the Guidettes on 'Jerseylicious' wore garbage dresses while painting their apartment.

Enjoy the Spring.

Jack Jackson
North Brunswick

Here we are in 2017. I was hoping that someone who was around then or someone on the Motherboards could help me. I need to track the photographer who took the shot on Gerald's Memorial Poster. I need to get permission to use it. Michael Musto at the top of this thread identified the photographer as Jakob Burkhardt. I contacted Jakob and he says he didn't take the picture. Does anyone know who did? btw, the phone number on the poster is not working and image search is of little help. If you know the answer to this, please let me know. Thanks very much.

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