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Fashion humour

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Eighth Annual Bulletin Board

That time of year again for things that strike my fancy for no reason…

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Bijoux Electriques!

In 1879 Scientific American reported “…there is nothing more curious than electric jewellery.” A Parisian watchmaker who enjoyed creating mechanical birds, Gustave Trouvé also invented the Lilliputian battery that could be tucked inside a pocket or hidden within an evening … Continue reading

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Disturbing food beds…

What can be said…

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Gay pride…

Although I have this blog, I rarely write about myself. It’s pretty obvious I find fashion history fascinating but I shy away from writing about anything else – considering it private, uninteresting, or irrelevant. I am gay – and so … Continue reading

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Swastikas in fashion before 1933…

I have seen many garments and accessories sporting swastikas that have nothing to do with Nazism, from embroidery on Edwardian underwear to hat pins and buttons. The symbol was poisoned in 1933 when the Nazis came to power and its association spread well … Continue reading

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Fashion Comedy

For some old fashion-themed funnies, try: I Love Lucy: 28 Feb, 1955 –  The Fashion Show Lucy is asked to model in Don Loper’s celebrity wives fashion show but she ends up with a bad sunburn and has to wear a … Continue reading

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Fashion Drama

If you are looking for some fashion-themed vintage TV to watch, here are four great episodes worth checking out: From January 1953, Mr. and Mrs. North solve a crime of illegal couture copying and murder in The Third Eye:   … Continue reading

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Free catalogues and the downfall of civilization – thoughts from a Luddite

I have a complaint – and a blog, so I am exercising my right to publicly kvetch. Go ahead – download the twenty or so exhibition catalogues from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York. I bought … Continue reading

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1913 Fashion Humour

I am stealing this cartoon from the Fashion Designers 1800 – 1950 discussion board on Facebook, posted by John Culme. ”’You know we shan’t buy anything in this expensive shop, why do you want to sit looking at these mannequins?” … Continue reading

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