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
     Category: Fashion | 1960s

I can understand why this wouldn't work outside of Nazi Germany and select serial killer clubs, and maybe the KKK for the African-American knitted thermal underwear.
Posted by Yudith on 05/27/18 at 08:12 AM
Hair-shirts were used by Christian penitents for the mortification of the flesh!
Posted by BMN on 05/27/18 at 09:06 AM
There's a huge market for human hair for wigs. The bulk of it comes from the Far East and India. I suspect the hair shirts were not human hair, but goats' hair, which is what sackcloth mentioned in the Bible was made from.
Posted by ges on 05/27/18 at 09:30 AM
Not very long ago, I had to look up spinning human hair into yarn. By all accounts, the results are never great. It's not very pliable, and the cut ends make it scratchy.

I still have one of my bookmarks from that search: It has a neat picture of going from soft blonde hair to a yarn I certainly wouldn't want next to my skin.
Posted by Phideaux on 05/27/18 at 07:56 PM
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