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via Cliff Pickover
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Mar 01, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Fashion



Original ad here. (Page 2)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Feb 08, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Costumes and Masks, Fashion, Stupid Criminals, Marriage, 1950's

The Liberated Look


Perfect for the modern office!

Original page here.

More on the designer.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jan 26, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Fashion, 1970's

Stockings for Camels

In the early 1960s, Alan Abel ran a long-running hoax involving an organization (The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals) whose members wanted to put clothes on all the naked animals in the world. So I was amused to discover there was a similar, but non-hoax, campaign back in 1926. The "philanthropic Englishwoman" Mrs. F.K. Hosall spearheaded an effort to get women to donate their old stockings so they could be worn by the donkeys and camels of north Africa. However, it wasn't exactly similar, because it sounds like Mrs. Hosall had a sensible reason to put stockings on the camels — to prevent fly bites.

Source: The Alamance Gleaner (Graham, N.C.) - Feb 11, 1926.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jan 20, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Animals, Fashion, 1920's

Scotland Yard Fashion Show

On September 14, 1967, Scotland Yard held a fashion show to display the new uniforms for policewomen. I suspect this is the ONLY fashion show Scotland Yard has ever held. The caption that ran in American papers read:

"Scotland Yard, apparently bitten by the swinging London bug, holds fashion show here 9/14. Here, London policewomen display the new Norman Hartnell-designed uniforms. Although a far cry from the miniskirted scene stealers, the new ensembles do have shaped skirts."

Source for top image: Flickr
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Jan 17, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Police and Other Law Enforcement, 1960's

The Cuddle Jumper

In honor of National Cuddle Up Day (Jan 6).

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jan 06, 2015 | Comments (10)
Category: Fashion

Hard to say goodnight

1969 ad for Harris Slacks. Back in the 1960s, women evidently found plaid high waters to be irresistible.

[via, which has a whole gallery of "Swinging Sixties Menswear Adverts for Amorous Playboys"]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Dec 27, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Fashion, 1960's

Food Jewelry

Hatanaka, a Japanese maker of plastic food replicas for restaurants, has branched out into the jewelry business. Among the eye-catching fashion accessories it's offering are a spaghetti hairpiece and a curry rice necklace. See more of its jewelry line at You can purchase these things from Hatanaka, but it looks like they're currently out of stock.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Dec 07, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Fashion, Food

The dog-hair yarn business

Back in the 1980s, Betty Burlan Burian Kirk got the idea of starting a business spinning dog-hair yarn. Her clients were people who "want to wear something from their dog." She said it was "becoming more and more popular."

Has the trend of "wearing your pet" continued to grow in popularity since the 80s? Well, here at WU we've posted before about people who wear dog-fur sweaters. So maybe it is a popular thing.

And though Betty Burlan Burian Kirk no longer seems to be in business, a quick google search pulls up plenty of places (such as here) that'll spin your dog's fur into yarn for you, if that's what floats your boat.

Update: So her middle name is "Burian", not "Burlan". And she's still in business. Her website,, offers plenty of info on dog hair — how to collect it, wash it, pricing, etc. Plus, she has a Gallery of Dog Hair Items.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Nov 02, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Fashion, Dogs, 1980's

Belt Scooter

It's a scooter that you can wear as a belt when you're not using it. (Though I wonder how well it functions as either a scooter or a belt.) More info at

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Nov 01, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Bicycles and Other Human-powered Vehicles, Fashion
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