Category Archives: Beauty & Cosmetics

Rick Genest ‘Zombie Boy’ 1985 – 2018

Canadian model, artist, and tattoo world-record-holder Rick Genest, aka Zombie Boy’, has died from suicide. Quebec-born Genest came to fame in 2011 when he appeared for the first time as a model for Thierry Mugler menswear, shortly afterwards, Lady Gaga … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – You Dyed Your Hair Chartreuse (1951)

Recorded by Louis Jordan and the Tympany Five on August 15, 1950, Chartreuse was released early the next year. You’re a freckled gal You’re a pug-nosed cutey, sweet as Charlotte Russe You’ve got big blue eyes So I ask you … Continue reading

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Canadian Beauty – Mary Pickford

‘America’s Sweetheart’ – the Canadian born actress, Mary Pickford  (born Gladys Smith in Toronto, Ontario in 1892) was also one of Hollywood’s film pioneers, along with fellow Canadians Mack Sennett, Louis B. Mayer, Jack Warner, Marie Dressler, and others. In … Continue reading

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Sailor Tattoos Decoded

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Patches

That Time the French Aristocracy Was Obsessed With Sexy Face Stickers

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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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Wartime film on good grooming

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1001 uses for Scotch tape – #731

Someone in the 1950s thought this idea up — it’s better than a bowl…

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40 Years of Punk/Goth

Created by Liisa Ladouceur, Canadian author of The Encyclopedia Gothica, this AMAZING video uses the popular ‘fashion through time’ videos that have been popping up over the last couple of years (but are usually filled with inaccuracies.) This video tracks … Continue reading

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Lipstick templates

The first commercial lipsticks appeared on the market in the 1880s. While too much lipstick soon became associated with loose morals, many ‘nice girls’ dabbed lip colour sparingly onto their lips to achieve a healthier appearance. Just as the fashion for stronger lip … Continue reading

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