The theme of Malaysian designer Moto Guo's "Picnic in the Society" fashion show was flaws, including skin flaws. All his models sported facial acne (apparently cosmetically created) as they walked down the runway.
, daily mail
Reminding me of that old proverb, "If billfolds were neckties, publicists would be geniuses."
Scanned from Good Housekeeping
for December 1953.
Down in Lutz, Florida, Renee Christian and Tom Thielges operate Under The Sun, which is a clothing store for nudists. Of course, any clothing store could sell to nudists, but Under The Sun might be the only clothing store that caters specifically to that target audience.
From a 2006 Tampa Bay Tribune article
about the store:
They are hip to the funny things about their livelihood. Thielges likes to say Under the Sun customers are “the best dressed nudists in the world.” He came up with his own punchy slogan: “People say it’s like selling ice to Eskimos. But even Eskimos don’t want yellow ice.”
Check out the store's website
and Facebook page
Modesty combined with protection from wind and driving rain in the beach fashions of the 1920s.
Detroit Free Press - Apr 29, 1923
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Yes, all my clothes are styled by airline companies.
Original ad here.
The U.S. Agricultural Research Service put on a fashion show for members of President Eisenhower's Agricultural Advisory Commission in which they showed off the "newest refinement" developed by their scientists — a swimsuit made out of corn. They boasted that the suit was mildew resistant, moth-proof, and "won't dissolve in water." They recruited Betty Richter, a "corn-fed girl from Maryland," to model the swimsuit for the members of the Advisory Commission.
The Research Service scientists had, in addition, created an "apron made of hog lard," which Richter also modeled, but I can't find any pictures of the hog-lard apron.
Santa Cruz Sentinel - June 30, 1955
Belgian fashion designer Maison Martin Margiela had a fashion/art exhibition at the Brooklyn Anchorage gallery in New York City in which he displayed his latest creation — mold-covered clothes. Reported Time
: "The clothes were dipped in agar and treated with mold, bacteria and yeast; they were then left to develop new colors and textures (the smell is a bonus)."
In fairness to Martin Margiela, this was more art than fashion show. According to art historian Ingrid Loschek
, the display "compared the natural cycle of creation and decay to the consumer cycle of buying and discarding."
The moldy clothes were burned at the end of the exhibition, since they were in such an advanced stage of decomposition that they were unfit for anyone to wear.
via Slow and Steady Wins the Race
All your contemporary T-shirts with images of rappers put together will never be as cool as this.
Original ad here.
Larger image here.