Katy Keene again

Katy Keene July 1960

Many thanks to Joy, who sent this in from a July 1960 issue of Katy Keene.

I admit to more than a sneaking suspicion that I am a Bertha! I mean, the polka dots alone are a dead giveaway! Oh, well, if everyone were always tasteful how boring the world would be.

0 thoughts on “Katy Keene again

  1. I can’t help but wonder about Leon De Lap of Wichita Kansas. Was Leon a little boy, unashamed of his love of fashion? A grown man who contributed dress designs to a little girl’s comic book? A little girl with an unusual name?


  2. It is sheer irony that an ungainly, unconventional girl should become one of the leading fashion mavens of the 20th century. Diana Vreeland (1906-89) was fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar, editor in chief at Vogue, and finally special consultant to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. An unerring force in the fashion world from the Forties through the Seventies, Vreeland dictated style and fashion trends. She was eccentric and demanding, but in fashion she was always right:”I’m a great believer in vulgarity. Like a dash of paprika, we all need a splash of bad taste. No taste is what I’m against.”


  3. hi!! your blog is soo uh-dorable!! i love all the dresses. they all have there own personality..that sounds weird o well lolif you wouldn’t mind please check out my blogwww.huggiesNOTdruggies..blogspot.comthank u


  4. I found this blog by Google searching Leon Delap. My dad and I were also curious about who he was, and if he became notable after sending in so many fashions.I found two mentions of him in my comics- one from Katy Keene Holiday Fun #7 (1960), and one from Katy Keene Charm #1 (1958).http://www.angelfire.com/comics/ebayauctionpictures/images/leonDelap1.jpghttp://www.angelfire.com/comics/ebayauctionpictures/images/leonDelap2.jpg Hope this helps clear up some of the mystery behind this guy.


  5. My name is John from Wichita, Kansas. I knew Leon so let me tell you a little bit about him. I went to school with him through the 50’s and we graduated from high school in June of 1960. He and I were pretty good friends for a time and who knows how long he had been sending in those designs. He was not ashamed of being who he was, a quiet and relatively effeminate guy who endured a lot of cruel teasing. I have no idea if he was gay. A few of us offered some half-hearted defense against the jocks. I read on another site that he later moved to Canada and became a relatively successful writer and editor. He died in 1987 at the age of 45.


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