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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

Follies of the Madmen #258

Ideally, shouldn't those four women playing "1-2-3 Redlight!" be dressed as Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall?

And shouldn't a fabric named "Glo-Weave" have some shine-in-the-dark properties?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Aug 31, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, 1960's

10 Ways to Get a Mink Coat


Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Aug 09, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Fashion, 1950's, Men, Women

Nico Gerard Watch

The Nico Gerard Pinnacle Watch features a fully functional Apple Watch on the underside of the wrist band. It comes in a stainless steel version for $9300, or a gold version for $112,000.

Their tagline is "Be Uncompromised." Because clearly, having only one watch on your wrist would be a compromise.

via OhGizmo
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Aug 05, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough, Fashion, Technology

Color-Changing Fur Bra

In case of power outage, she could take the place of traffic lights.

From Electric Styles
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Jul 31, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Fashion, Underwear

Alexander D’Agostino at Labbodies

Be sure to check out the "performance" around 23:00, when ballet slippers and a Skeletor mask come into play.

Follies of the Madmen #253


If only Hollywood had made John Carter of Mars in 1979, with Cher as Dejah Thoris, they would have had a surefire hit!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jul 05, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Hollywood, Movies, Music, Advertising, Science Fiction, 1970's

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
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