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Raymond Duncan

Raymond Duncan, brother of dancer Isadora Duncan, practiced a unique fashion philosophy. He spurned conventional attire and always wore a toga, from 1905 until his death in 1966. He said the toga allowed the body freer movement (though it must have been a bit drafty in cold weather, especially since he was living mostly in Paris, not somewhere warmer). And it also had something to do with embracing the "rhythmic harmony" of Ancient Greek civilization. More info here and here.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue May 12, 2015 | Comments (1)
Category: Eccentrics, Fashion

The Wetsuit Suit

It's a suit you can go surfing in. Invented in Japan, of course. Available here.



Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Apr 24, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Fashion, Sports

Diving for Buttons



"Today, little remains of the industry but the occasional telltale sign spotted on the ground—shells laced with perfectly round holes—and millions of mother-of-pearl buttons saved in button jars across the country, cut from blouses and shirts from a time when nothing was wasted."

The whole story, in depth. (No pun intended.)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Apr 24, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Nature, Regionalism, 1950's, North America

Underwater Fashion Show

Held in Florida, in 1954. Designed to show how water resistant the new orlon coats were. Though, of course, the models came up soaking wet despite wearing the coats.




SILVER SPRINGS, FLA.: Literally driven to the drink to model a new line of orlon coats and toppers, underwater mannequins come up smiling from the bed of Florida's Silver Springs. The novel, underwater fashion show was staged by Donnybrook, Ltd. to show the water-resistance of the orlon clothing.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Apr 07, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, 1950's

ABOUT D@%N TIME

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France has enacted a law limiting excessively thin models from working until their BMI reaches a minimum level set forth in the law. Fines and even jail time can be leveled against fashion houses and modeling agents trying to use models that are thinner than the law allows. Its about time we quit letting vanity destroy our little girls.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sun Apr 05, 2015 | Comments (13)
Category: Addictions, Eating, Design and Designers, Fashion, Food, Nutrition, Health, Disease, Mental Health and Insanity

Prince Monolulu

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His Majesty in typical garb.





The Prince comes on at the 16-minute mark.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Apr 04, 2015 | Comments (1)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Eccentrics, Fashion, Television, 1950's, 1960's

Pajamas as Streetwear:  1929

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These kids in 2015, wearing pj's to class!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Apr 02, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Fashion, 1920's, South America

Imperishable Burial Robes

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Alex gave us green burials--here's the opposite! Keep your corpse looking fresh, stylish and whole!

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Mar 30, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Body, Death, Fashion, Body Fluids, 1920's

Air Raid Apparel

It's important to continue to be a fashion leader, even when hiding in an air raid shelter.
Source: The Valley Morning Star - Apr 30, 1941.



Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Mar 27, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Fashion, War, 1940's

Follies of the Madmen #245

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What was the miracle of "V-line Breez?" Your powerful imagination convincing you that you looked different!

From Esquire for July 1949.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Mar 23, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Body, Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, 1940's
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