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Moldy Fashion

May 1999: 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 pinterest

via Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Jan 27, 2016 | Comments (9)
Category: Art, Fashion, 1990's

The Bandleader Shirt


All your contemporary T-shirts with images of rappers put together will never be as cool as this.

Original ad here.

Larger image here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jan 24, 2016 | Comments (4)
Category: Fashion, Music, 1940's

Follies of the Madmen #271


Female sexuality illustrated.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jan 11, 2016 | Comments (5)
Category: Body, Fashion, Sexuality, Advertising, 1950's, Women

Amish Marathon Runner

Apparently the Amish practice of "plain dress" extends to marathon running, because Amish runner Leroy Stolzfus has been showing up to races dressed in a long-sleeved shirt, black slacks, and suspenders. However, he does wear sneakers. More: York Dispatch.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Nov 23, 2015 | Comments (11)
Category: Fashion, Religion, Sports

Atomic Armor for Children, 1951

Designed by Lee Pauwels of Los Angeles to protect his six-year-old son from harmful atomic rays given off by a nuclear explosion. He noted that the suit wouldn't protect his son from the concussion of the blast, "But authorities believe a person could survive the blast at much closer range if he were lying down and wearing the suit. Afterward he'd be able to leave the area that had become contaminated by harmful rays."

I wonder if this suit still survives somewhere, stored in someone's attic. Well, it must be around if even atomic rays couldn't harm it. This is the kind of thing that should be on display in the Smithsonian (if I were running it).

The Eugene Guard - Jan 1, 1952

Traverse City Record-Eagle - Dec 26, 1951

via USC Digital Library

via USC Digital Library

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Nov 21, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Armageddon and Apocalypses, Fashion, Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, 1950's

Follies of the Madmen #265


Hey, wait, most beaches don't allow pets!

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Nov 17, 2015 | Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Fashion, 1950's, Women

Beatnik Wedding

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Oct 25, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Fashion, Husbands, Wives, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1960's

Cat Head Bags

Made by Japanese artist Pico. They're entirely artificial. That is, not actual cat heads. But they're realistic enough that people might, for a moment, think that you're using the severed head of a cat as a handbag.

One of these will set you back about $700, but are sold only in Japan. via OhGizmo!

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Oct 25, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Fashion, Cats

Leather For The Discerning Vegan

Students from Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam Netherlands collaborated on a project that would almost certainly have PETA's approval. They used the food waste from a large local market to make fruitleather. The product was used to make purses as well as swatches to show the different colors available depending on the fruits used. Leather you don't have to hide.
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Oct 13, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Crafts, Fashion, Food, Vegetarians and Vegans, Universities, Colleges, Private Schools and Academia

Mystery Illustration 9


What pop song of the 1950s was this tableau intended to represent?

Answer after the jump. More >>
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Sep 08, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Fashion, Music, 1950's
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