Category:
Fashion

Mesh Jeans

There seems to be no limit to the weird things that designers can dream up to do with jeans.

These "mesh jeans" from the designer Bless consist of vintage 501 Levi's that "feature an asymmetrical fold along the fly and a tan mesh panel down the full length of one side."

They retail for $590, but right now are on sale for a mere $236.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jun 18, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion

Ghost Fashion Show

A recent fashion show in Saudi Arabia remained "Ramadan appropriate" by showing the clothes minus the models. The dresses and gowns were hung from drones and then flown down the runway.

More info (and a few more clips) here.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jun 08, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion

Hair Clothing

From 1969, a product that mysteriously failed to catch on: Jerome Alexander's line of human-hair clothing.

He actually created a human-hair pants suit, skirt, and vest. (The pants suits, which is the only thing I could find a picture of, seems to have been only trimmed with human hair). But on the drawing board were a human-hair coat, bikini, tie, boots, and hat.

Esquire - Jan 1970



Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - Feb 12, 1969

Posted By: Alex - Sun May 27, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Fashion, 1960s

Ear Makeup

Apparently Candice Bergen got her start modeling "Dear Ear" — the first ever (and last ever?) line of ear makeup. She would have been 18 when she did these ads.

Called "Dear Ear," the makeup comes in two shades, pink and silver. It is painted onto the lobe or ear perimeter with a special styling brush.
For those who have little experience in painting ears, and that includes most of us, Maradel also includes a styling booklet which offers four ear-styling techniques.
-Miami News - Aug 16, 1964


Jackson Clarion-Ledger - Aug 4, 1964



Miami News - Aug 16, 1964

Posted By: Alex - Sun May 20, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Celebrities, Fashion, 1960s

Lace-up Jeans

How much can you stretch the concept of jeans before they're no longer actually jeans?

Case in point: these "Wild Thang" lace-up jeans from Fashion Nova. At least the price isn't that bad. They're going for $49.99.

Posted By: Alex - Fri May 04, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion

Dog-Fur Boots

Tecnica is still around, and still selling boots. But none lined with dog fur any more, as far as I can tell.



Greenville News - Dec 11, 1991

Posted By: Alex - Sun Apr 22, 2018 - Comments (5)
Category: Fashion, Shoes, Dogs, 1990s

Drive the girls wild, like Jethro Tull

Billboard - May 23, 1970



You say you’re not making it with the local lovlies? That when you make Paul McCartney eyes at alluring little honeys in violet hip-huggers they respond by frowning and suggesting, “Jerk off, loser”? That even the offer of a seat next to you at a Led Zeppelin concert is insufficient inducement for a far-out nubie to spend part of the evening with you?

Then, fella, whatchoo need is a SUPER-OUTTA-SIGHT-JETHRO-TULL-T-SHIRT of the sort worn by the fullest-handed rakes everywhere.

These eye-catching sartorial groovies, which are guaranteed to reduce even the haughtiest of lovlies to a mound of hot pulsating flesh, are a divine shade of yellow designed to to flatter even the swarthiest of complexion, are the three-buttons-at-the-neck style recently made all the rage by your sharper English groups.


Dangerous Minds speculates that this must have been a joke ad to promote Jethro Tull's 1970 album Benefit.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 07, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Music, Advertising

Vasectomy Ties

Britain's first vasectomy tie was designed by David Shaw, a Leeds rugby player and father of two children, after he had had a vasectomy. His wife, Jean, says that the tie boosts the confidence of men who have had vasectomies.

Vasectomy ties, however, can be abused. Unscrupulous men—who have not had vasectomies—are reputed to have lured unsuspecting girls into bed by sporting the ties. The success of these men can depend upon the design they wear.

A sober tie has greater credibility than one which bears the abbreviation I.O.F.B. ("I only fire blanks").




Chicago Tribune - Jan 13, 1974

Posted By: Alex - Tue Mar 27, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Fashion, Birth Control , 1970s

Peekaboo Mask and Triffids

Continuing with the theme of odd masks...

London designer Hugh Skillen created this unusual "peekaboo" mask in 1952.

He later went on to design the man-eating plants in the 1963 horror movie The Day of the Triffids.

Newsweek - Jan 5, 1953



Janette Scott being attacked by a triffid — via IMDb.com





Update: I tried to track down more info about Hugh Skillen and have concluded there's some confusion about his biography. Seems there were two Hugh Skillens who both lived in London at around the same time.

There was a Hugh Skillen who was a military officer who helped to develop the Enigma machine at Bletchley Park during World War II, and then later worked as a schoolmaster at Harrow County School for Boys. More info about him here.

And then there was the Hugh Skillen who was a costumier, designing costumes for theater productions in London and occasionally working on movies such as The Day of the Triffids.

I don't think these two Hugh Skillens were the same, but IMDb lists the birth/death of the costumier as being the same as the military officer: Aug 22, 1915 to Jan 4, 2004. I'm betting the info is only correct for the military officer.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 17, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Fashion, Headgear, Special Effects, 1950s

Freckle-Proof Sun Mask

Another addition to our collection of weird masks.

Note that this sun mask came with a "breather" tube.

Phildelphia Inquirer - Jan 21, 1940



Pittsburgh Press - Feb 25, 1940



Cassville Republican - Jan 18, 1940

Posted By: Alex - Fri Mar 16, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Headgear, 1940s

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