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The Blanc Mask

A new face mask that not only filters air but also prevents facial recognition.

More info: blancmasks.com, gizmodo





Posted By: Alex - Mon Feb 22, 2021 - Comments (6)
Category: Fashion, Health

Bathing Poncho

The bathing poncho, invented by Timothy and Brenda Reardon, allows someone to shower while clothed. From the patent:

The present invention generally relates to wearing apparel. More specifically, the present invention is drawn to a disposable poncho adapted for wear while bathing or showering...

In institutions such as hospitals, nursing homes, college dormitories, gyms, and the like, the bathing or showering facilities often lack the privacy to which one is accustomed to at home. Thus, becoming unclad to take a shower or a bath can be somewhat of an unpleasant and embarrassing experience. A covering that would preserve one's dignity by minimizing exposure while also insuring a thorough cleansing would certainly be a welcome addition in the marketplace.

I can appreciate the problem this addresses, but I wouldn't want to be the kid who shows up in the locker room shower wearing one of these.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Feb 07, 2021 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Hygiene, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, Inventions

Wearable buildings

New from Louis Vuitton for its Fall 2021 menswear collection: 3D Skyline Puffer Jackets.

At least they look warm. So not entirely impractical.

More info: today.com



Posted By: Alex - Wed Feb 03, 2021 - Comments (5)
Category: Fashion

The Newbury Coat

1811: Sir John Throckmorton bet one thousand guineas that a woolen coat could be made in its entirety, starting with the shearing of the sheep, between sunrise and sunset. He believed that the wool could be "A Sheep's Coat at Sunrise, A Man's Coat at Sunset." The experiment took place on June 25, 1811, in the town of Newbury, England, and Throckmorton won his bet.

The 'Newbury Coat' maintained the record for the fastest coat ever made until Sep 21, 1991, when an identical coat was made, in the same manner, but an hour faster.

More details: Berkshire History

Liverpool Mercury - July 26, 1811



Posted By: Alex - Sun Jan 24, 2021 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, World Records, Industry, Factories and Manufacturing, Nineteenth Century

Follies of the Madmen #497

You'll be able to administer all the spankings you desire, if you buy our shirts!

Source.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 18, 2021 - Comments (3)
Category: Antisocial Activities, Fashion, Public Humiliation, Fetishes, 1940s, Men, Women

The Balance Watch

In 2005, John Paul Castro of Santa Monica, CA was granted a patent (No. 6,840,665) for what he called the "Balance Watch". From his patent:

A balance watch, a combination of two watches, one measuring hours, the other measuring minutes and/or seconds. Each watch is worn on a separate wrist simultaneously.


Based on the quality of the artwork in his patent, it's apparent he chose not to splurge and hire a professional illustrator.

As far as I know, the balance watch never made it to market. But it would seem easy enough to make your own. Get two identical watches. Remove the minute hand from one, and the hour hand from the other. Then wear them simultaneously on opposite wrists.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jan 17, 2021 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Inventions, Technology

Mini skirts for road safety

1970: Liverpool officer Lionel Piper urged young women to wear mini skirts. In the interests of road safety. Sure, that was it... road safety!

The Hackensack Record - Jan 14, 1970



Young women in the 1970s dressed for road safety

Posted By: Alex - Mon Oct 26, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Highways, Roads, Streets and Traffic, 1970s

Glue-On Sweat Diverter

Rosecroft Components recently (Dec 2019) was granted a patent for a glue-on "sweat diverter". From their patent:

When undertaking an activity causing sweating, a person can suffer from the effects of sweat dripping into his eyes. Many devices have been developed to address this problem, such as absorbent sweatbands. Such devices fail to prevent sweat from reaching the eyes once they become saturated, and must be dried or wrung out in order to restore their effectiveness...
Described herein are sweat-diverting devices which may be affixed to a wearer by an adhesive, such as a pressure-sensitive adhesive...
A sweat-diverting device may be reusable, with an adhesive reapplied for each wearing, or may be single use and disposable, with the adhesive integrated with the device during manufacturing.







Posted By: Alex - Sun Oct 25, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Fashion, Headgear, Inventions, Body Fluids

The Duchess of Windsor’s Trench Mittens

Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, is best known as the woman for whom King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in 1936, so he could marry her. But she was also an inventor, though not a very prolific one. In 1940, she invented "trench mittens" that could be unzipped to allow a soldier to use his trigger finger.

The Whitewright Sun - Feb 8, 1940



The backstory is that the Duke and Duchess were widely suspected to be Nazi sympathizers. Nevertheless, at the start of the war they were trying to make a public display of how patriotic they were. The Duke pushed to get a position in the army. And the Duchess used her fashion skills to invent "trench mittens".

But by the end of 1940, the British military had decided they were too much of a liability to keep around, so they were shipped off to the Bahamas for the duration of the war.

Winnipeg Tribune - Apr 6, 1940



The Duke and Duchess of Windsor in 1937

Posted By: Alex - Fri Sep 25, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: Fashion, Royalty, War, 1940s

Eco-washed organic denim with grass stains

Gucci is selling an "Eco washed organic denim overall" that comes with a "stained-like, distressed effect." AKA fake grass stains. Yours for only $1400.



Or you could get this Orange Tartan Cotton Long Smock Shirt. Only $2600!

Posted By: Alex - Thu Sep 24, 2020 - Comments (6)
Category: Fashion, Denim, Overpriced Merchandise

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