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Alan Attraction

Here comes Alan Measles - WW2 hero turned benign dictator turned Godhead. Guru, muse, art critic, raconteur. In his capacity as minor deity he resides in a hand-tooled Louis Vuitton traveling shrine, and embarks on a pilgrimage to Bavaria to make peace with the Germans, in his custom-built personal conveyance. In his entourage are his devoted minion and bodyguard, and some other bloke named Alan. In London this weekend? Pay your respects to Alan's stunt-doubles in the Kenilworth AM1, and purchase Measles memorabilia from the gift shop. [more inside]
posted by Elizabeth the Thirteenth on Jan 17, 2012 - 3 comments

Politics of the Runway

Urban Outfitters has stopped selling a line of Navajo-themed undergarments, drinking accessories, and other items whose relation to the tribe is questionable, at best. What caused the kerfuffle, and did UO have any obligation (beyond the obvious PR repercussions) to give way? [more inside]
posted by anewnadir on Jan 16, 2012 - 130 comments

1982 Night of 100 Stars Fashion Show

1982 Night of 100 Stars Fashion Show
posted by Trurl on Jan 12, 2012 - 42 comments

No future

Punk's Not Dead. The revival of punk in couture fashion and elsewhere
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Jan 9, 2012 - 113 comments

Hacking the surveillance state

CV Dazzle is camouflage from computer facial recognition.

How to hide from machines: The perilous life of glamour under surveillance.
(Related, but much earlier.)
posted by dunkadunc on Jan 4, 2012 - 67 comments

H@CK TH3 W@RDR0B3!

H@ckers ❤ Le@ther
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 19, 2011 - 94 comments

Breastplates and Boobplates

Fantasy armor and lady bits, from the perspective of an armorer
posted by Artw on Dec 18, 2011 - 88 comments

How to talk to boys at parties

"It was Alan Flusser who pointed out, a whole generation of men in the '70s stopped getting dressed, so they didn't teach their children how to get dressed. More and more people have found, 'Oh, I can go read about this stuff.' " The Oral History of Menswear Blogging. With Michael Bastian, Scott Schuman, Michael Williams, Lawrence Schlossman, Jesse Thorn, and others.
posted by villanelles at dawn on Dec 14, 2011 - 58 comments

Subway Surprise, Tehran

"Things didn’t happen as I imagined. On the one hand, with the situation in Tehran, I expected the police to arrest me. I also thought that the resulting dress wouldn’t be aesthetically pleasing to the eye. But it turned out to be more homogenous than I envisaged. Most of the passengers wanted to communicate with me and participate in the project. And I enjoyed this attention and collaboration. The point wasn’t their understanding of the project. I didn’t want anything to be imposed on the audience or participants. I wanted ordinary people to encounter their own personalities without any preconceptions about contemporary art. More than anything, I wanted something to emerge that is shared — between me and everyday metro passengers." The story of fashion student Shirin Abedinirad who conceived and carried out an unusual (and unusually bold) performance art experiment by asking Tehran metro passengers to donate their rubbish to pin on her dress. [more inside]
posted by taz on Nov 16, 2011 - 10 comments

"To elevate the world from mediocrity to greatness"

lululemon athletica, the "yoga-inspired athletic apparel company", has rapidly become a brand fixture in the Pacific Northwest since its founding by Chip Wilson in 1998. Recently, a strange ode to Ayn Rand appeared on their website, and a "Who Is John Galt?" advertising campaign has adorned company packaging this November. Meanwhile, one of their employees has been convicted in the bizarre murder of a co-worker, in which the employees of a neighbouring Apple Store ignored the victim's cries for help.
posted by mek on Nov 14, 2011 - 111 comments

"And it's pretty clear the idea behind this choice is to stress how distant Kay is from the dark universe of the Corleones."

The Clothes of Kay Corleone.
posted by Fizz on Nov 13, 2011 - 51 comments

Who's a Pretty Bird?

This parrot enjoys dressing up. His owner reviews these fashion choices in adorably broken English. Sorry, ladies, he's taken.
posted by overeducated_alligator on Nov 10, 2011 - 33 comments

Bill Cunningham New York

Bill Cunningham New York is a wonderful documentary about a fascinating man, now available on Hulu. [more inside]
posted by gilrain on Nov 4, 2011 - 34 comments

“Such excess of passion is quite out of fashion”

How To Dress Like Edward Gorey (And everyone he ever drew)
posted by The Whelk on Oct 28, 2011 - 54 comments

Vintage Black Glamour

Vintage Black Glamour: an underexplored avenue of 20th century beauty and style.
posted by hermitosis on Oct 28, 2011 - 16 comments

Showcase of Creative Inspiration

We and the Color is a blog about creative inspiration in art, graphic design, illustration, photography, architecture, fashion, product, interior, video and motion design. Also on Flickr.
posted by netbros on Oct 28, 2011 - 1 comment

We are the hipsters of the Church of Jesus Christ! (of Latter-Day Saints)

Today's New York Times has an article about young Mormons finding a way to live their values while remaining socially "with it" -- by turning to hipster culture.
posted by naturalog on Oct 27, 2011 - 71 comments

The $300,00 T-shirt

Threadless has created a t-shirt line for UNICEF in which the shirts cost the same as what's depicted on them. So this one, of a cargo flight, costs $300,000. This one, for insecticide-treated mosquito nets, might be more in your price range.
posted by me3dia on Oct 25, 2011 - 43 comments

Oh, so THAT'S what Girl Gamers Want!

"Are you a lady? Then finally there’s a game for you! While too many games are pretending that ladies enjoy the same things as men, like shooting, building cities or exploring alien worlds, Lady Popular properly recognizes what it is that makes a true, strong, independent lady: shopping, hairstyles, and having a boyfriend."

John Walker of Rock Paper Shotgun gives a no-holds-barred review (NSFW) of the game Lady Popular.
posted by happyroach on Oct 13, 2011 - 93 comments

Showcase of Beautiful Fashion Illustrations

Showcase of Beautiful Fashion Illustrations [more inside]
posted by Trurl on Oct 9, 2011 - 8 comments

Jean Paul Gaultier

"Jean Paul Gaultier's World of Inspiration" - a profile by Susan Orlean [more inside]
posted by Trurl on Sep 19, 2011 - 6 comments

Straw Hat Riots

While courts say you can wear them in a snowstorm if you want to, yesterday was the last acceptable day to wear straw hats unless you're willing to offend someone and risk your life. Top hats and Sheath Skirts might be risky too.
posted by drezdn on Sep 16, 2011 - 61 comments

Crayon to Cotton

"[H]ow interesting... to bring to life the clothes in children’s artwork, designs by children too young to be influenced by commercial fashion... I asked three girls to draw the outfits they imagined, and then I turned them into clothes."
posted by ocherdraco on Sep 11, 2011 - 59 comments

More Than Just The Next Big Thing

Despite previously stating that plus sizes were not their targeted demographic, troubled clothing store American Apparel recently announced a contest looking for a plus-sized model. Nancy Upton responded with a series of provocative photos (Photographs NSFW: 1, 2 3) mocking the contest. Unexpectedly, Nancy won the contest after bringing in the highest user vote. (American Apparel previously on Metafilter)
posted by SkylitDrawl on Sep 10, 2011 - 222 comments

Look Out! Miss Peru Is Armed!

It's that time of year again, time to witness of the parade of sartorial excess that is The Miss Universe 2011 National Costumes! (previously) (via)
posted by The Whelk on Sep 9, 2011 - 241 comments

Sari fashion photography

Sari fashion photography (related) [more inside]
posted by Trurl on Sep 9, 2011 - 21 comments

You've got your fashion in my art!

These are collections of art inspired outfits for women (I, II, III, IV, V, VI).
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Sep 8, 2011 - 28 comments

Rita Hayworth in "Gilda"

Leonard Michaels' "The Zipper": Rita Hayworth is never seen disrobed in the movie, though it is threatened more than once. The atmosphere of dark repression and mysterious forces – the mood or feeling of the movie – might be destroyed by the revelation of her body. It scared me as she began her striptease dance in the nightclub. I didn’t want everybody to see her body, or even to see that Rita Hayworth had a body. [more inside]
posted by Trurl on Sep 5, 2011 - 14 comments

Huxtable Hotness

Huxtable Hotness [via mefi projects] In which the author reviews the sartorial choices of the characters on "The Cosby Show" one episode at a time. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Sep 2, 2011 - 26 comments

Tumblr Takes a Tumble

Tumblr is sending bloggers to New York Fashion Week (again) in an attempt to reach out to the fashion industry, but some in the industry are not impressed. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Sep 1, 2011 - 31 comments

Think of the costume changes...

100 years of fashion (SLYT). [via]
posted by Phire on Aug 30, 2011 - 25 comments

Ana Lee

Ana Lee's fashion blog is in Russian but with its insane number of HQ photographs [don't forget to click the "далее"], you won't care. For example, her two posts about Carol Alt almost certainly comprise the greatest documentation of that model's career to be found anywhere in the world.
posted by Trurl on Aug 28, 2011 - 6 comments

"Prin-chan is a queen, so elegant clothes suit her best."

Cat Prin: the creator. Vice TV interviews the person behind Pet Office, Inc (previously). Pet Office, of course, provides the illustrations for Cat Town, created by metafilter's own Spatch.
posted by Greg Nog on Aug 18, 2011 - 17 comments

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth

Style Like U features an exhaustive video archive of people talking about their clothes and history and what personal style means to them and the power of self transformation. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Aug 14, 2011 - 32 comments

Supermodel Superfugly

Fuck Yeah Ugly 90s Clothes A 'celebration' of how dated and strange the 'looks' of twenty years ago seem today.
posted by mippy on Aug 9, 2011 - 215 comments

Bill Blass, eat your heart out

Mr. T on 80's Fashion
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Aug 1, 2011 - 37 comments

All it needs is a matching pair of pumps

Vimeo user Charlie Bucket has created a "Fluid Dress" made from 600 feet of plastic tubing, throughout which courses a controlled mixture of air and fluorescent liquid. The result is quite fascinating (SLVimeo)
posted by ShutterBun on Jul 30, 2011 - 32 comments

Stewardess Uniform Collection

In the seven years since its last* appearance in the blue, Cliff Muskiet's Stewardess Uniform Collection has grown to more than 1,000 different uniforms from more than 400 different airlines. [more inside]
posted by Trurl on Jul 24, 2011 - 25 comments

Edith Head's "How to Dress for Success"

Winner of more Academy Awards than any other woman in history, costume designer Edith Head authored a 1967 bestseller titled How to Dress for Success which featured her own illustrations. [more inside]
posted by Trurl on Jul 7, 2011 - 34 comments

Brave New Beige

Ever wonder how many variants of jumpsuits there can be? Do mock turtlenecks belong in space? Why is brown the color of respecting alien cultures? Fashion It So takes on the couture of the 24th century one Next Generation episode at a time.
posted by The Whelk on Jul 3, 2011 - 32 comments

Best. Party. Ever.

"I remember going to a totally boring party for the magazine one night and thinking nobody is dancing because their heels are too high. Nobody is eating because in order to look like the women in the magazine, you have to eat next to nothing. And no one is actually drinking the cocktail in their hand because those are fattening, too. Nobody was really even talking to each other because they were too self conscious and painfully busy standing in the corner trying to look beautiful and important. It was not long after that party that I decided to try and resurrect my soul and work for a magazine that focused on something other than beauty and fashion. " [Linda Wells Would Be Horrified] (via)
posted by vidur on Jun 27, 2011 - 54 comments

Broken Doll Pose

"Broken Doll" - an article by DIS Magazine that heralds a new generation of Broken Doll pose aspirants.
posted by hermitosis on Jun 23, 2011 - 27 comments

Finally! Validation for wearing a leopard-print top with brown oxfords!

The Sartorial Twist. Why settle for one fashionable ensemble when you can have three?
posted by ardgedee on Jun 20, 2011 - 27 comments

Homage to hair

From bouffants du jour and shampoo secrets of the stars to yesteryear's 'dos and you-know-you-want-it accessories, if it's about hair, you'll find it at the always entertaining Hair Hall of Fame.
posted by madamjujujive on Jun 19, 2011 - 6 comments

The Total-Corporate State May Have Arrived

Rob Horning has a wide-ranging and insightful essay up at n+1 that seeks connections between three apparently disparate phenomena: global fast-fashion retailers with dubious labor practices like H&M and Forever 21; self-presentation on social media web sites; and neoliberal capitalism's new demands for workers to embrace precarity by endlessly reinventing their identities. [more inside]
posted by AlsoMike on Jun 6, 2011 - 59 comments

Dressed to the #9's

Dressed to the Nines: A History of the Baseball Uniform. Explore the different parts of the uniform, or browse a timeline. Features a fully searchable Uniform Database. Thanks to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Reload the front page for two fresh quotes.
posted by not_on_display on Jun 3, 2011 - 32 comments

A fashion trend we won't be following

The FHM 100 Sexiest list is an annual feature in the lad's mag that 'ranks' women on their percieved pulchritudinousness. However, this year, the 91st sexiest woman in the world isn't a woman at all. [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jun 2, 2011 - 69 comments

Elegance Is The Reward Of Age

Experience Style: The 100 year old Ruth talks about style, fashion, and keeping yourself flexible ( via )
posted by The Whelk on Jun 2, 2011 - 12 comments

Huh.

HUH. Magazine is a media platform with the latest, most relevant news from the worlds of art, fashion, design, music and film. Recent features include: Harvest by Haroshi: Skate and Destroy, artworks created with old worn, or snapped, skateboard decks | Disassembly, capturing relics of our past in a unique, dismantled and exposed form | Murakami at Versailles, knee-deep in controversy since its inception | and Darren's Great Big Camera, a short documentary about a camera that shoots on 14" x 36" negatives and measures 6ft. in length.
posted by netbros on Jun 1, 2011 - 8 comments

Wrap yourself in silken stones

Richard Weston is not only a professor of architecture at Cardiff University. He is now a fashion designer. Being interviewed by Vogue. Beautiful Weston silk scarves printed with scans of minerals, fossils and stones are now on sale at London's historic department store Liberty. [more inside]
posted by likeso on May 18, 2011 - 5 comments

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