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Fashion in Song – Black Slacks (1957) Penny Loafers and Bobby Socks (1957)

Black Slacks by Joe Bennett and The Sparkletones. The group formed in 1956 and this was their biggest hit before they disbanded in 1961. When I go places I just don’t care You’d know why if you’d see what I … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Bauble, Bangles, Beads (1953)

From the 1953 musical Kismet, this video with Peggy Lee dates from 1959 Baubles, bangles, Hear how they jing, jing-a-ling-a, Baubles, bangles, Bright, shiny beads. Sparkles, spangles, My heart will sing, sing-a-ling-a, Wearing baubles, bangles and beads. I’ll glitter and gleam … Continue reading

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Bat girl, c. 1887

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Fashion in Song – Mr. Poppleton’s Moustache – c. 1860

I can’t find a publication date for this c. 1860 comic song, but it was composed by English song writer and lyricist Henry Walker and published in London.                     They say … Continue reading

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As Seen In – Period film Costume appropriation…

I just came across this image of Judy Garland in this peculiar looking costume from the 1948 film The Pirate. Although strange, there was something about the tartan tam that seemed familiar. Sure enough the design was borrowed from this c. 1830 … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Too Funky (1992)

Although the lyrics for ‘Too Funky’ are not about fashion, the concept for the video was inspired by a Thierry Mugler benefit fashion show. The costumes for ‘Too Funky’ were created by Thierry Mugler and George Michael donated the song, and all its … Continue reading

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Fashion in Dance: Pop Gear – Suits – Gold Pants (1965)

Cashing in on the Pop movement of the mid 60s is a film released in 1965 called ‘Pop Gear’ in the UK, and ‘Go-Go Mania’ in the U.S. The film featured various bands (including the Beatles) and fashions of the year … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – The Tattooed Lady, 1959

Sung by Paddy Roberts, this 1959 comic song may have been more comical  when it was recorded and tattooed women were only seen in circuses… Oh, I was a bit of a lad, I admit: My past was a trifle … Continue reading

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Patent fashions – Puckered swimwear 1938

British patent GB486475 (Publiation Date: 1938-06-03) for elastic fabric. SYMINGTON & CO., Ltd., R. & W. H., and BILLING, G. W. March 30, 1937, No. 9090. The invention relates to garments, particularly but not exclusively intended for bathers or swimmers, … Continue reading

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Graphic Novel Fashions

Although I knew about various Superhero and Archie comic books when I was a kid in the 60s/70s, I didn’t read them, so there was a whole world of popular culture that existed outside my sphere of reality. Because I wasn’t … Continue reading

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