Category:
Fashion

Fish Bowl Fashion

Some examples of fish bowls (with live fish) incorporated into fashion:

In 1954, Kathleen Radel created fish bowl earrings containing live guppies.

The Pittsburgh Press - Apr 4, 1954



More recently, London fashion designer Cassandra Verity Green included a goldfish handbag in her "Neptune's Daughter" collection of knitwear.



And finally, there's the Japanese artist Eijiro Miyama who's known for riding around on his bicycle wearing, among other things, fish bowl earrings that contain live goldfish.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Feb 26, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Fashion, Jewelry, 1950s

President Naa Hoo Woo of the USA



What a blatant instance of cultural appropriation!



Original foto here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Feb 26, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Fashion, Politics, Officials, 1970s, Native Americans

Ski masks for chilly cheeks

Almost as bad as styling on the slopes.



Source: Teenagers' Weekly - July 3, 1963

Posted By: Alex - Fri Feb 17, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Headgear, 1960s

The Paper Clothing Fad

Paper clothing — a fashion fad of the 1960s. It was disposable consumer culture taken to an extreme. Wear your clothes once or twice, and then just throw them away instead of washing them.

Info from wikipedia:

Paper clothing, in the form of women's dresses and other clothes made from disposable cellulose fabric, was a short-lived fashion novelty item in the United States in the 1960s...

By 1967, paper dresses were sold in major department stores for about $8 apiece, and entire paper clothing boutiques were set up by companies such as Abraham & Straus and I. Magnin. At the height of demand, Mars Hosiery made 100,000 dresses a week. Other items made of paper included underwear, men's vests, bridal gowns (expensive at $15), children's pinafores ("just the thing for ever-sprouting sprouts") and even rain coats and bikinis ("good for two to three wearings")...

But as the novelty appeal of paper clothes wore off, their downsides became more apparent: they were generally ill-fitting and uncomfortable to wear, their garish colors could rub off, they were often flammable, and of course they very soon ended up as waste. By 1968, paper clothing had disappeared from the market.


The Warren County Observer - Jan 24, 1961

Posted By: Alex - Tue Feb 14, 2017 - Comments (8)
Category: Fashion, 1960s

Anti-Mosquito Leggings

I'm a bit surprised these anti-mosquito leggings never (to my knowledge) caught on, because if they actually worked then who cares if they looked dorky. Then again, I suppose DEET had already been discovered.

Danville Morning News - Apr 6, 1937



Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Apr 1, 1937

Harrisburg Evening News - Apr 2, 1937

Posted By: Alex - Sun Feb 12, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Insects, 1930s

Wool Nose Warmer

Introduced by the Hanover House mail order company in 1965.



St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Oct 3, 1965

Posted By: Alex - Thu Feb 09, 2017 - Comments (12)
Category: Fashion, 1960s

Topless Hat

1960's fashion. Wear it down to cover up. Wear it up for the au naturel look.

The Cincinnati Enquirer - July 5, 1964

Posted By: Alex - Tue Feb 07, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Headgear, 1960s

Hey, Let’s Twist!



The movie so great it inspired its own line of Ivey, Jivey suits for Cats!

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Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 24, 2017 - Comments (7)
Category: Fads, Fashion, Movies, Music, Teenagers, 1960s, Dance

Astro-Face of the Year 2017

According to beauty experts in 1967, the women of 2017 would wake up in the morning and make themselves beautiful by applying a paste-on "Moon Maid Mask" that would "change the structure of a face from neckline to hairline."

Other 21st-century beauty enhancements would include:

Toss in the Wash Wigs: A second or two in the supersonic laundry of tomorrow and a girl will be freshly coiffed for jet going.

Instant Youth: Plastic surgery in the form of silicone or other type injections which do in a matter of minutes what now takes weeks of hospital treatment.

The instant youth prediction was fairly close to the mark.





Akron Beacon Journal - Sep 10, 1967

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jan 01, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Fashion, Yesterday's Tomorrows

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