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Motorcycle Airbag Jacket

Here's what I'm envisioning: the possibly inebriated rider pulls up in the biker bar parking lot and, eager to join his buddies inside, hops off without disconnecting, instantly and uselessly inflating his jacket and earning much laughter from pals.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jun 24, 2015 | Comments (10)
Category: Fashion, Inventions, Motorcycles

The True History of Hot Pants

I rely on Wikipedia quite a bit, and get upset when I discover an error. I have done so in their entry on Hot Pants.

Wikipedia attributes the invention of Hot Pants--which they specifically equate with "short shorts"--to UK designer Mary Quant. What a slur on American ingenuity!

You can see below the use of the term and the style in a 1950 issue of Life magazine.



[Click second instance of caption to enlarge]

Original 1950 article here.

And again, in a 1956 issue.


Plainly, Wikipedia is in grave error on this important scholarly matter.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 23, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Public Indecency, 1950's, Butt

Sale Tag Fashion

Look hip and let everyone know you got your clothes on sale. Or that you're on sale. Or that you're wearing a giant sale tag. Or something like that.

These are from the new Moschino Resort Collection that's all about the "beauty of the sales floor."

via TrendHunter
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Jun 20, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Fashion

Follies of the Madmen #250


Yes, men's socks were really improved by the spinoffs of aviation technology, and are somehow emblematic of an era of increased air travel.

From Esquire for October 1962.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jun 04, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, Air Travel and Airlines, 1960's

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


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


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
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