Category:
Fashion

Men’s Pantyhose

e-MANcipate describes itself as "a project to accelerate the acceptance of male pantyhose as a regular clothing item."

Why should guys wear pantyhose? "To improve athletic performance, energize and revitalize tired, aching leg muscles, and to stimulate circulation if they sit all day."

But what if you're shy and embarrassed about wearing pantyhose? "you can always show that you are wearing support pantyhose, and just give some reasons - your legs were tired or problematic in other ways. This is especially accepted if you need to stand or sit all day long, and for sports using your legs."

It all sounds quite reasonable to me.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Oct 15, 2008 - Comments (36)
Category: Fashion, Gender

Follies of the Mad Men #35

Yes, in the 1950's every husband and father had to be emasculated in every possible way. Imagine trying to conduct some kind of Tennessee Williams-inspired affair with your local Liz Taylor of the suburbs while wearing these. The laughter would be heard from one end of the motel to the other!

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Sat Oct 11, 2008 - Comments (7)
Category: Business, Advertising, Fashion, Humor, Jokes, Public Indecency, Husbands, 1950s

Anti-Plumber’s-Butt Shirts

The Duluth Trading Company specializes in unique "longtail" shirts that help alleviate the problem and social ill of "Plumber's Crack." They've obviously invested much thought in the matter, as you can see from this schematic of the problem. But useful and practical as such shirts may be, there's simply no excuse for Plumber's Butt Playing Cards.

More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Sun Oct 05, 2008 - Comments (7)
Category: Business, Products, Fashion, Games, Tradesmen, Manual Laborers, and Skilled Workers, Public Indecency

Follies of the Mad Men #33

I insist on having my next new car delivered by magical flaming meteor!

Posted By: Paul - Sat Oct 04, 2008 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Fashion, Music, 1960s, Cars

Aristocrats of Fashion

Do you have enough Bemberg rayon clothes in your wardrobe? If not, watch this!

(But be warned! Only a partial video remains to us down the ages. You'll never get to see the implied all-rayon wedding.)

Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 30, 2008 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, 1930s, 1940s

The Tiger Lillies

Witness the weirdness that is the Tiger Lillies.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Sep 28, 2008 - Comments (4)
Category: Art, Pop Art, Surrealism, Eccentrics, Fashion, Humor, Parody, Music, Theater and Stage, Body Painting

Follies of the Mad Men #30

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[From Life magazine for June 9 1952.]

This ad was part of a long campaign for the product, which depicted men and boys doing common tasks in public in their underwear. Kinda the male equivalent of the famous "I dreamed I went to work in my Maidenform bra" series of ads. No matter the possible plausible logic of the creators, this series conjures up nothing so much as a kind of weird nation solely populated by mentally challenged males, where outer clothing has yet to be invented.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Sep 25, 2008 - Comments (17)
Category: Business, Advertising, Fashion, Stupidity, 1950s, Men

Baby High Heels

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I've always thought it kind of disturbing when people dress up toddlers in makeup or faux earrings. I get the same creepy vibe from these Baby High Heels now being marketed by a company called Heelarious. The heels are made of foam, so there's no risk of them impaling the kid. Still, they don't exactly look comfortable.

This must appeal to the same set of people who enter their six-year-old daughters in child beauty pageants. Yahoo! News has a video of a kid wearing these things. What about Baby Foot Binding next?

Posted By: Alex - Thu Sep 11, 2008 - Comments (4)
Category: Babies, Fashion

Follies of the Mad Men #24

And now, something different for this series: a video titled DESIGN FOR DREAMING.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Sep 07, 2008 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Domestic, Fashion, Futurism, Inventions, Technology, Sex Symbols, 1950s, Cars

Follies of the Mad Men #20

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[From Life for September 24 1956. Two separate scans, top and bottom.]

Judging by the reaction of the people in the background, these are either a) real transgenic tiger men walking down the street; or b) very convincing masks. In either case, the viewer is forced to ask, "Are tigers particularly famous for their sartorial choices?"

BONUS: this ad may serve as Furry porn, if you're so inclined.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Sep 01, 2008 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Business, Advertising, Fashion, Sexuality, 1950s

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