Follies of the Madmen #322

Posted By: Paul - Fri Aug 04, 2017
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough, Fashion, 1950s





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While I'm not sure about the claim of "most expensive", I ran the given price through the inflation calculator and it cam up with an equivalent cost of $585.37 USD. I remember paying just about that much for my present posh suit three years ago.

You might enjoy this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zywkwK8r2C0

The first verse is apropos to today's subject.
Posted by KDP in Madill, OK on 08/04/17 at 02:36 PM
It may well have been at the high end of the range for off-the-peg suits, but bespoke must have been rather more expensive.
Posted by Richard Bos in The Netherlands on 08/05/17 at 02:57 AM
@KDP -- I think they're referring to the massive cost to create Acrilan, the acrylic fiber Monsanto developed to compete with DuPont's Orlon. At the time, synthetics were considered a good thing, and an acrylic/wool blend was high style. Actually, it might have been very nice -- I think the texture was similar to cashmere.
Posted by Phideaux in in his own little world on 08/05/17 at 07:18 AM