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Gird Your Lions

A Century Of Style: An illustrated guide to 1800s menswear
posted by The Whelk on Oct 5, 2016 - 16 comments

The Sweater Set

22 of the Most Hideous Jumpers on British TV in the 80s
posted by Artw on Oct 2, 2016 - 53 comments

Abe was just a kid who loved clothes.

His clothes were not on the outside of his body; they were—for now—the outside of his body. They were the visible form taken by the way he chose to define himself. None of the gawky young models, standing around flat-footed and hunch-shouldered with their assigned coats and jackets and baggy shorts hanging off them like drop cloths thrown over a dining room set, could say that.

My Son, The Prince Of Fashion
posted by Windigo on Sep 27, 2016 - 38 comments

Boots (borrowed directly from our cowboy friend)

A week ago GQ published a fashion shoot featuring rock climbers (warning: autoplaying video with sound). Outdoor Research offered its own take.
posted by jedicus on Sep 26, 2016 - 34 comments

Why Dressing Your Age Is Bullshit (& Other Fashion Myths Debunked!)

At Refinery29, Stacy London (formerly of What Not to Wear) writes about what it means to dress your age as a middle-aged woman when you don't quite fit the conventional image of a middle-aged woman.
posted by kimberussell on Sep 3, 2016 - 85 comments

Fashion, faux-sophistication, youth culture, and 1700s gender panic

Why did Yankee Doodle put a feather in his hat and call it "macaroni?" As you've probably guessed, the song is not about noodles; macaroni refers to a fashion trend in high-society England of the late 1700s. NPR's All Things Considered looked into the history of the rhyme with librarian and author Chris Roberts. But what happened to the macaroni trend? Atlas Obscura tells a story of youth culture, old men yelling at clouds, and social panic over the erosion of gender norms. (Previously: The Etymological Evolution of Dude)
posted by duffell on Aug 27, 2016 - 25 comments

A project of the Rational Dress Society

"Just as we reject the mini-mansion in favor of the city, refuse the automobile in favor of the train, JUMPSUIT offers a way to forego the insular logic of self-expression in favor of forming communal bonds." [more inside]
posted by enn on Aug 24, 2016 - 113 comments

"never met a Spanish cape or Siberian squirrelfur lining he didn't like"

Matthäus Schwarz was a 16th Century German accountant with a taste for fine clothing who managed to parlay his fashion sense into a noble title. He documented his life and clothing in an illuminated manuscript that has been recently translated, annotated and republished as The First Book of Fashion by Professor Ulinka Rublack and Maria Hayward, and includes reconstructed outfits by Jenny Tiramani. The process of remaking one of Schwarz's outfits is shown here. As befits a scholarly tome about a work often likened to modern style blogs, there is a First Book of Fashion Tumblr. Schwarz's son, Veit Konrad, also made his own illuminated style diary, but did not continue after his father's death in 1574. A slightly inaccurate copy was made in the 18th Century, a scan of which is available on Wikimedia Commons. Prof. Rublack puts Schwarz in context as a man of the Renaissance.
posted by Kattullus on Aug 21, 2016 - 4 comments

Our show is 100 percent African

“An African City” features music from Ghanaian hip-hop artists like Jayso, chic home décor from Ghanaian interior designers highlighted in detail on the show’s Instagram page, and clothing from fashion designers like Christie Brown, Archel Bernard, Kiki Clothing, Osei-Duro and Afrodesiac. The vibrant colors and pop patterns have been the toast of the series, especially as members of the African diaspora have begun to incorporate kente cloth crop tops into their wardrobes and wear traditional patterns to big events like prom. Vogue cannot get enough of them. Previously
posted by infini on Aug 18, 2016 - 2 comments

My bellybutton is not the center of my world

In the ’70s, she motorcycled around the world. Today, she’s fashion’s unlikely new muse. Meet Chloé’s freewheeling inspiration, Anne-France Dautheville. [NYT] [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade on Aug 15, 2016 - 3 comments

"Toddlers and elderly women get to stand outside the male gaze."

Toddler Grandma Style, like any style, does have a message. The message is “boys, this isn’t about you.” [more inside]
posted by explosion on Aug 2, 2016 - 95 comments

This blog made us better people.

We would have had to be told how it’s not cute to call a short skirt or a tight dress “slutty” when you’re writing about fashion. In fact, we were told. Just as we were told how to talk about people in a more respectful way while still providing some entertainment. Just as we were told that the fashion and entertainment journalism industries white-wash the definition of beauty and tend to render anyone who falls outside the limited scope of it invisible.
Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez of the namesake fashion and pop-culture blog Tom & Lorenzo (née Project RunGay) reflect on what they've learned in their ten years of blogging.
posted by psoas on Jul 23, 2016 - 4 comments

Natural Style: Menswear designer Suket Dhir

"I am my own muse, I design for myself," says Suket Dhir, this year's winner of the International Woolmark Prize. And, according to one style editor, "he could be the first Indian designer to conquer the world of Western menswear." [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Jul 22, 2016 - 10 comments

More Hats, Less Pants

'2026' was conceived to challenge heteronormative attitudes to self-expression through fashion. It imagines what menswear might look like in 10 years’ time through the use of fabrics rescued from rubbish skips and thrift shops in Johannesburg and customised into new garments. . . suggestive of a more liberated manifestation of masculinity that encourages a freedom of expression.  [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade on Jul 17, 2016 - 31 comments

Who Are You Wearing?

A designer will grow Alexander McQueen’s skin in a lab to use for leather bags and jackets. Tina Gorjanc has proposed a conceptual range of leather accessories made of skin grown from late fashion designer Alexander McQueen's DNA. [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade on Jul 16, 2016 - 97 comments

Bill Cunningham 1929-2016

Bill Cunningham, the street fashion photographer who rode his bike all over NYC in that functional blue smock, has died. If you haven't seen this 2011 documentary (previously) you've missed a gem. See also his video channel at the NYT and this New Yorker profile from 2009. His assistant posted this photo to Instagram 2 days ago, saying that Bill was under the weather, but some reports are saying that he was hospitalized after suffering a stroke recently.
posted by maudlin on Jun 25, 2016 - 75 comments

That's All

10 years later, an oral history of 'The Devil Wears Prada'.
posted by The Whelk on Jun 24, 2016 - 70 comments

Finally, a quick & easy fashion instructional for beanplating ladies

24 Things Women Over 30 Should Wear
posted by wonton endangerment on Jun 8, 2016 - 94 comments

Everyone has their own little story (haul away)

"America's Richest Self-Made Women": article by Luisa Kroll / dynamic view with grouping by theme / list [Forbes]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jun 1, 2016 - 13 comments

The future is so bright

Aleut eyewear was worn by those in the frozen north for hundreds of years before the concept was re-introduced as fashion in the 1930’s, the 1950’s, the 1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s and into the 2000’s. [more inside]
posted by maggieb on May 23, 2016 - 22 comments

Cosmo’s Former Art Director

There is a radical feminist thrift store in Denmark run by the former art director of Cosmopolitan magazine. I learned this by accident. (Michelle Goldberg, Slate)
posted by Think_Long on May 20, 2016 - 13 comments

Disco 2000

The Y2K aesthetic: who knew the look of the year 2000 would endure?
posted by Artw on May 19, 2016 - 62 comments

Statement shapes in red

Nudibranchia or other opisthobranchia compared to the various looks of David Bowie.
posted by kenko on May 15, 2016 - 25 comments

Finger(nail) Licking Good

KFC in Hong Kong Has Released "Lickable" Nail Polish Would you really want it to remain on your fingers? Indefinitely? These are just two of the salient questions raised by the chicken chain’s new Hong Kong marketing campaign, in which it is offering lickable, edible fingernail polish in two flavors: Original, and Hot and Spicy.
posted by modernnomad on May 6, 2016 - 18 comments

In the Year Two Thouuuusaaaaaaaannnnnd

In 1939, some American fashion designers got together and designed the clothes (1 minute, 14 seconds) they thought the well-dressed woman (and one man) would be wearing in 2000.
posted by julen on May 5, 2016 - 33 comments

Manus x Machina

Met Ball 2016 - it's a bit technical.
posted by Artw on May 2, 2016 - 16 comments

Not 72, not 74.

Vogue Magazine produces a semi-regular video feature called 73 Questions. Name cat breeds with Taylor Swift. Hula Hoop with Lupita N'Yongo. Play ping pong with Daniel Radcliffe. Trampoline with Reese Witherspoon. Stretch with Amy Adams.
posted by jacquilynne on Apr 22, 2016 - 19 comments

The Broderers Of St Paul’s Cathedral

Like princesses from a fairy tale, the Broderers of St Paul’s sit high up in a tower at the great cathedral stitching magnificent creations in their secret garret. [more inside]
posted by Think_Long on Mar 14, 2016 - 12 comments

But what *is* Kawaii?

Kawaii but not as you know it. (SL slightly pretentious advertisement)
posted by Megami on Mar 5, 2016 - 18 comments

And the award for wtf-ery in award show production goes too.....

The Oscar for Costume Design 1987! Starring...... Lauren Bacall, a fashion montage, wild inexplicable dancing, and Jenny Beavan winning an Oscar (and not giving a rip * about award show fashion conventions.)

*this is the article that lead me to look up Beavan's speech for her prior Best Costume Design win for A Room with A View. I prefer these theories over what is likely the reality.
posted by vespabelle on Feb 29, 2016 - 36 comments

I Looked at my Body and Said Yes: where disability and style meet

I think I’d gotten it into my head that disability is always, on some level, supposed to feel bad. Like if I fought myself all the time, I was somehow doing it right. And then I got tired.[...] I didn’t want to do battle every time I got dressed anymore.
posted by stoneweaver on Feb 24, 2016 - 12 comments


5th-grader Nigerian-American Ify Ufele channeled the bullying she got for her size towards designing and making Chubiiline, a line of plus-size fashion with African influences.
posted by divabat on Feb 14, 2016 - 15 comments

The Unlikely Ballerina meets the Little Dancer

Misty Copeland recreates Degas's ballet paintings for Harper's Bazaar.
posted by jacquilynne on Feb 10, 2016 - 9 comments

UNiversal ARticulate Interdimensional Understanding of Science

Meet Unarius, the world's most stylish UFO reincarnation cult.
posted by The Whelk on Jan 30, 2016 - 37 comments

You CAN Go Home Again -- But Dating Is Tough

An African City, frequently described as "Sex and the City meets Americanah," is a web series (ep. 1) that follows five glamorous young women living in Accra, Ghana, who were raised or educated abroad, navigating the pitfalls of life in the modern city -- work, money, housing, men, and the special problems of the "returnee." [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Jan 28, 2016 - 8 comments

"Stop wearing Keith Haring shirts."

Vince Staples (previously) reviews NBA stars' fashion choices.
posted by Navelgazer on Jan 27, 2016 - 14 comments


Threadbase purchased 800 of the most popular Men's t-shirts in every size that they could get their hands on. They then measured the shirts, washed them repeatedly, and tracked their shrinkage/stretching over time. Notably, they observed that shirts get wider and shorter over time, but actually wearing the shirt undoes most of the shrinkage that happens in the wash. Also, sizing systems vary wildly across manufacturers.
posted by schmod on Jan 22, 2016 - 40 comments

As Subtle as the Pose

Jennifer Moss on Fashion Photography: With this renewed awareness, I started noticing that it can be as subtle as the pose. I, myself, told models to hunch their shoulders, lean forward, angle the head. Industry standard. But why was it industry standard?
posted by frumiousb on Jan 8, 2016 - 34 comments

i want that LED dress as my wedding dress

18-year-old self-taught costume designer Angela Clayton makes incredible, highly detailed outfits based on history, fantasy, and (formerly) cosplay. Some standouts include a medieval gown with accompanying escoffin, an Elsa costume with over 100,000 hand-applied rhinestones, and a Christmas costume with LED lights. She documents her progress regularly and provides sewing tutorials for her work.
posted by divabat on Jan 3, 2016 - 33 comments

When in doubt, I just start removing the things that annoy me.

ReFashionista: Jillian Owens takes out-dated, oversized or was-this-ever-fashionable? thrift store clothing and turns it into wearable clothing. She's been blogging since 2010 so her archives are lengthy, but she's also just started an update-a-day challenge for 2016. Want to skip the lengthy explanations and just see some before-and-after photos? Try this slideshow of her work on the Grist.
posted by jacquilynne on Jan 2, 2016 - 30 comments


Wear the “MY WAR” shirt everyday. [more inside]
posted by The Devil Tesla on Dec 25, 2015 - 17 comments


How to Look Punk - a guide from 1977.
posted by Artw on Dec 24, 2015 - 35 comments

Micromanaging the Model

France, which made being an "ultra-thin" model illegal this past April, just recently passed legislation making it illegal to hire such models. [more inside]
posted by ourt on Dec 18, 2015 - 12 comments

We have to show everyone how happy we are!

InstagramHusband.com - You are not alone
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Dec 8, 2015 - 21 comments

Chris Donovan, an unlikely high fashion shoe designer

Chris Donovan was a telephone technician for 25 years, when in his early 50s, he decided to change careers rather drastically. He sent his designs to Polimoda in Italy to enroll in fashion design, specifically shoe design. He was accepted, and graduated at 55, and now designs high fashion women's shoes, inspired by everything from gnarled trees to hip replacements, architectural features and plumbing fixtures, as seen on his Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest accounts.
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 7, 2015 - 20 comments

Tomorrow's forecast is the same, but purple.

Why are all these meteorologists wearing the same dress?
posted by Faint of Butt on Dec 5, 2015 - 56 comments

The Berkeley Fish House

Eugene Tssui designed the “Fish House” – based on the tardigrade, a segmented marine microanimal – for his parents in Berkeley, California. But that’s not the only interesting thing about him. . . . [more inside]
posted by ferdydurke on Nov 30, 2015 - 11 comments

Style Out There

Asha Leo of Refinery29 travels around the world to learn about international fashion subcultures and the way fashion affects society worldwide. So far she's met Gothic (and other) Lolitas in Amsterdam, Moroccan expat culture, hijra in India, Hasidic designers in Brooklyn, Korean matchy-matchy fashion for couples, and the highly colorful world of Japanese decora.
posted by divabat on Nov 30, 2015 - 6 comments

please stop roasting my goddamned shoes

I don't remember buying these gaudy mother fuckin shoes but am i gonna wear em? you bet your ass [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Nov 25, 2015 - 94 comments

Can we get some of these remade in full size for Jennifer Lawrence?

Le Petit Théâtre Dior: An exhibit of miniature Dior creations was mounted in China earlier this year. [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne on Nov 20, 2015 - 4 comments

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