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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 - 20 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

Chubiiline

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

Shirt!

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

mywar_yuichiro

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

SHOCK!

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

I killed a taco out

Cholas Talk Chola Fashion.
posted by stoneweaver on Nov 20, 2015 - 26 comments

Cosplay for Traditional Geeks

Malaysian illustrator Charis Loke designs geek culture-inspired traditional South/South East Asian outfits, primarily baju kurung and kebaya. Some of her inspirations include Tolkein, Pacific Rim, Watchmen, and the Hunger Games.
posted by divabat on Nov 12, 2015 - 10 comments

One size fits all in South Korea, as long as that size is small

"Most stores in South Korea are "one size fits all," and that one size is small, as in designer sample size small. Finding clothes larger than a U.S. women’s size 6 is challenging, especially since the starting point for "plus-size," or extra-large, is a Korean size 66, the rough equivalent of a U.S. women’s 8."
posted by Ragini on Nov 10, 2015 - 16 comments

The Chanel of Africa

As the main supplier of fashion prints to nearly half a continent, the textile company has continued to dominate that fashion scene there for almost 170 years. How’d that happen? Rooted in European colonialism and a testament to African ingenuity, creativity, and cultural pride; it’s a surprising story
posted by infini on Oct 30, 2015 - 28 comments

Ethical Clothing (formerly) Made By An Unethical Man

Sex, Drugs, And V-Neck Tees: Inside The Cult Of American Apparel
posted by almostmanda on Oct 27, 2015 - 13 comments

Deutsche Seelebahn

Bundesliga Fashion - nach ungefähr dreissig Sekunden fängt die Party an
posted by a lungful of dragon on Oct 26, 2015 - 16 comments

The earlier French revolution

How women revolutionised 1670s fashion from Lapham's Quarterly. Mantuas.
posted by goo on Oct 23, 2015 - 9 comments

I wear them because I like them & also I was a teenage Goth

When is it socially acceptable to wear black tights? (slTheGrauniad/The Guardian)
posted by Kitteh on Oct 20, 2015 - 117 comments

Sequins to outfit The Golden Girls, Designing Women, Dame Edna, and more

Braxae Vintage Co. is an Etsy shop with over 700 vintage beaded and sequined dresses, jackets, tops, and the rare pant suit for sale. You can also browse the hundreds of items the shop has already sold. [more inside]
posted by maryr on Oct 16, 2015 - 7 comments

Just Say "I Don't" to the 80s

10 Decades of Wedding Gowns
posted by jacquilynne on Oct 2, 2015 - 97 comments

A clothing line for us really busty ladies? Well, it's a start.

“Accommodating a large bust is not taught in fashion school,” Love says simply. A Calgary woman decided to create her own fashion line for the generously endowed lady.
posted by Kitteh on Oct 1, 2015 - 54 comments

“Scarves fit well w/the greater variety and more casual, youthful look,”

The Understated Elegance of the Airline Scarf by Troy Patterson [New York Times]
“Though the scarf coordinates with contemporary gender politics, it also conjures an old romance of the skies, stirring visions of aviators in open cockpits with white silk rippling at their throats and of fighter pilots wearing flight scarves printed with roaring beasts. It is also polymorphously practical. Heather Poole, a flight attendant and writer, has described scarves deployed as ad hoc bikini tops, improvised curtain ties and all-purpose utility tools: “I’ve seen a scarf used as a lanyard, a belt, a sweatband, a ponytail holder, a napkin and a compression bandage.”
posted by Fizz on Sep 27, 2015 - 20 comments

"The other funny thing was that he kept adjusting my hat."

"I'm not a model. I went to a military college on Long Island called the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. At the end of the four-year program I got a marine engineering degree and a commission as an officer in the naval reserve. I recently spent time on a ship in the Gulf of Mexico. Luckily, I had Wednesday off, because Kanye's show was the very next day." what it was like to walk in yeezy 2 (and make kanye cry) (i-D) [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Sep 26, 2015 - 17 comments

Rich people in thrift stores also disgust me.

"Saada: In some ways, “inconspicuous chic” is about a perceived entitlement to money, not money itself. People who flaunt their wealth by wearing tons of brands and being flashy are not considered wealthy; more often they’re seen as nouveau riche vis-a-vis old-monied. ...Maybe if they were bulldozing low income housing to build a huge Barney's I would be concerned, but to be upset about how rich ladies shop is almost pointless." ---- Clothes & Class - An Adult Magazine roundtable discussion of the minutiae of high fashion, low budgets, the history of class signaling and inconspicuous chic. With Saada Ahmed, Katherine Bernard, Durga Chew-Bose, Fiona Duncan, Hari Nef, Steve Oklyn and Arabelle Scicardi. (NSFW main photos and related ads. Extreme fashion nerdery)
posted by The Whelk on Sep 25, 2015 - 84 comments

That 60s Show

Not one of these hippies looks dirty, or stoned, or tuned out; and they all apparently were a lot happier then I was led to believe. Or maybe this is not representative. Neat pictures though.
posted by COD on Sep 17, 2015 - 101 comments

Why Americans dress so casually

The modern market allows us to personalize that style. Casual is the sweet spot between looking like every middle class American and being an individual in the massive wash of options. This idea of the freedom to dress in a way that is meaningful to us as people, and to express various types of identity.
posted by ellieBOA on Sep 14, 2015 - 314 comments

Is That Technology In Your Pocket?

In a very real way, what people tuck into their pockets signals what they care about. "Pockets matter because they’re personal. What we wear at our waists is at least as intimate as what we wear on our wrists, and what we’ve worn there over the centuries tells us a lot about who we are, how we’ve changed, and how we’ve stayed the same. We’re greedy; we’re vain; we’re hungry; we’re late. We want to start fires and listen to a thousand songs."
posted by xingcat on Sep 8, 2015 - 68 comments

“The fanny pack is not just useful; it’s a unifying force.”

Letter of Recommendation: Fanny Packs by Jaime Lowe [New York Times]
“For too long, the fanny pack’s cultural baggage has prevented potential adoptees from embracing its sheer practicality. To the unenlightened, fanny packs are synony­mous with the ugly American: the perfect accessory for extra-large, convenience-obsessed people. But to me they promote the greatest of our nation’s ideals: freedom.”
posted by Fizz on Sep 4, 2015 - 125 comments

An extravagant symbol of a man who can’t hide his true nature

A brief history on Spats, a mostly obsolete fashion accessory
posted by timshel on Aug 28, 2015 - 29 comments

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