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.
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.
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.”
June 1955: 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.
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