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Kiss Me Necktie

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Did this ever work? And why did the tie turn the wearer into an African-American when activated, as shown at the bottom of the ad?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Mar 31, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Signage, 1940's, Women

Yoko Ono Fashions For Men

Yoko Ono said that she originally designed these clothes in 1969 as a wedding gift for John Lennon. But it wasn't until 2012 that the English clothing store Opening Ceremony decided to make a line of clothes based on her sketches.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Mar 27, 2014 | Comments (14)
Category: Fashion

Headwear of the future

Not sure if it should be categorized as a hat or a face mask. Created by British designer Ana Rajcevic. [via RocketNews24]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Feb 22, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Fashion, Headgear

Emergency Bra

Following up on Paul's recent post about "emergency bra construction" (how to make a bra from two handkerchiefs), here's a different kind of emergency bra. It's a bra that doubles as a face mask:

The Emergency Bra's primary function is that of a conventional bra. In case of emergency, it can be quickly and easily converted into two face masks without removing any clothes. In case of emergency, where no specialized respiratory devices are available, it can decrease the inhalation of harmful airborne particles. Because the Emergency Bra masks can be securely fixed to the head, it frees a survivor’s hands to keep balance while running and removing objects on the way out of danger. In certain situations, by providing the wearer with a sense of security and protection, the Emergency Bra can reduce the chance of panic attack.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Feb 08, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Fashion, Underwear


From what I can gather, Necropants are an ancient Icelandic (magical) method of obtaining money. Because perhaps if you're wearing these things people will pay you to keep your distance.

Here's the instructions for how to make them (from the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft):

If you want to make your own necropants (literally; nábrók) you have to get permission from a living man to use his skin after his dead.
After he has been buried you must dig up his body and flay the skin of the corpse in one piece from the waist down. As soon as you step into the pants they will stick to your own skin. A coin must be stolen from a poor widow and placed in the scrotum along with the magical sign, nábrókarstafur, written on a piece of paper. Consequently the coin will draw money into the scrotum so it will never be empty, as long as the original coin is not removed. To ensure salvation the owner has to convince someone else to overtake the pants and step into each leg as soon as he gets out of it. The necropants will thus keep the money-gathering nature for generations.

[via Notes From a Funeral Director]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Feb 07, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Death, Fashion

à la Girafe

The Guardian offers an odd footnote to the history of fashion. In 1826, "Zarafa" became the first giraffe ever brought to France from Africa. She inspired a giraffe craze, becoming the subject of songs, instrumental music, poems, and music-hall sketches. Also: "Women began to truss up their hair à la Girafe and style themselves in giraffe-coloured dresses."

Sounds like it was the 19th century predecessor of the beehive.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Jan 22, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Fashion, Hair Styling, Nineteenth Century

The Player



Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jan 11, 2014 | Comments (13)
Category: Fashion, 1970's

Seaweed Sweaters

Featured in Popular Science Monthly, June 1921

Seaweed is the latest victim of economists; new uses for it are being found constantly. The picture above shows it in its latest form — clothing.
Both the sweater and the pair of stockings that the girl is holding were made from seaweed that grows in China. Yet they look not unlike woolen garments.
Pine-needles are also being pressed into service; and so are many grasses and leaves. At a recent exhibition of the Commerce Bureau in the Customs House in New York city many grass-made garments were shown.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Jan 10, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Fashion, 1920's

Spike Away

Yesterday I posted about Paris metro etiquette rules, and then, by chance, I came across this. It's the "Spike Away" from artist Siew Ming Cheng who writes:

Trains are usually crowded during peak hours. Everybody will push each other to try and get onto the train. How can I protect my personal space? The idea was then conceived. "What if I wear a vest that is full of spikes?"

That's an unusual train of thought! (pun, unfortunately, intended). More details at CNet.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Dec 10, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: Fashion, Subways

Follies of the Madmen #213


"Three out of four furries choose our suits!"

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Dec 06, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, 1950's
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