Category Archives: Clothing customs

More WTF (What the Fashion) Shock Chic

This is an excellent example of a wearable art collection that presents itself as a provocative fashion idea, but is not intended to be taken as a serious fashion direction. These collections get far more attention than they warrant, mostly … Continue reading

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Beefcake with your cheesecake

A recent article on Messy Nessy brought up a little known piece of sexist uniform history – beefcake carhops. According to Paula Bosse of Flashback Dallas in the late 1930s “Women were dressing in scanty outfits, hula skirts, midriff-baring costumes, to serve drive-in … Continue reading

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The First Fashion of 2017

Last year’s trend for making political statements through dress continues to be a strong influence in 2017. The National Mall in Washington may become a sea of pink tomorrow. For two months, Krista Suh and Jayna Zweiman, founders of the Pussyhat Project, have … Continue reading

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Myth Information – Toque Blanche

As part of our occupational dress collection, the museum recently acquired a chef’s uniform worn in 1959/1960. In reading up about how the costume developed I found a lot of apocryphal stories about why the chef’s hat, known as the … Continue reading

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Cross dressing violation

I snagged this photo off of messynessychic.com  (not very original of me to so blatantly lift someone else’s blog material, but the photo was too good!)

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The 1890s Bicycle Bloomer Brouhaha

With a better understanding of the connection between exercise and health, many middle and upper class women took up sports activities during the 19th century including lawn games like badminton, croquet and tennis, as well as calisthenics and sea bathing. … Continue reading

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His and Hers

Before unisex styling in the late 1960s, there was a dalience with His & Hers fashions that began in the 1940s and lasted into the 1960s, usually in the form of holiday sportswear – Hawaiian shirts and dresses, and bathing suits.

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Fashion faux-pas – embarrassing boys into tucking in their shirts…

This may have seemed like a good idea but then one day little Billy changes into his gym strip at school… and thirty years later he goes into therapy to learn how to not hate his mother.

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Bloomerism in Corning New York, 1851

This past summer we visited the Corning Glass Museum (well worth the visit), where Kenn took a photo of an 1851 painting in their collection depicting the earliest known view of Corning, before the glassworks were built. The view of the town depicts a … Continue reading

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Private Birthday Party

Like Vivian Maier’s collection of photography, another stash of historically important images have recently surfaced. The bulk of this cache consists of posed portraits and candid shots from ‘private parties’ of drag queens at “The Colony”, a Kansas City night club during the … Continue reading

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