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Fashion in Song – I wear Speedos (2017)

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Fashion in Song – Blue Jeans

In Honour of the Canadian Tuxedo here are 17 songs about Blue Jeans for Canada’s Sesquicentennial: Venus in Blue Jeans, 1962 Blue Jeans, 2012 Forever in Blue Jeans, 1978 Dem Jeans, 2006 Blue Jean Blues, 1975 Baby Makes Her Blue … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Boogie Shoes (1975)

Released in July 1975 on KC and The Sunshine Band’s first album, the song also appeared in the the film Saturday Night Fever in 1977. Girl, to be with you is my favorite thing, yeah Uh huh, and I can’t … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Mr. Zoot Suit (1999)

This 1940s style song was written and performed by the Flying Neutrinos for the 1999 film Blast From the Past: He’s got great big feet, he’s jumping to the beat He’s been dancing in the street He’s dressed so fine, … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Harajuku Girls (2004)

Apparently theĀ ‘Harajuku’ trend (the colourful artsy way of dressing that grew out of the Japanese take on Goth in the 1990s and was named after a fashionable part of Tokyo) is beginning to fade in Japan. When the trend was … Continue reading

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Patent Fashions – Umbrella with windscreen 1930

U.S. Patent 1,774,909 for an umbrella ‘tent’ or windscreen was granted on Sept.2, 1930. The article gives credit to the woman, presumably in the picture, for coming up with the idea after walking into the street and being struck by … Continue reading

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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 – Baubles, Bangles, Beads (1953)

From the 1953 musical Kismet, this video with Peggy Lee dates fromĀ 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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