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The First Paper Clothing Fad: 1889 – 1893

The late 1960s fad for disposable paper clothing resulted in some mad, mod dresses in flower power prints, but this was the second time paper clothing was a fad. The first time was 80 years earlier, and it all began … Continue reading

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Fashion in Dance! The Paper Vest Galop – 1889

The piano music for the Paper Vest Galop dance was written by John E. Fancher, and was published by the R. C. Mudge Paper Clothing Company of Port Huron, Michigan in 1889 to celebrate and promote the latest fashion – … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Got a Pair of New Shoes (1937)

From the 1937 film Thoroughbreds Don’t Cry, Judy Garland sings this song, or parts of it, throughout the film: I spent my money today on something I had my heart set, Just like a lady in vogue I feel like … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Dedicated Follower of Fashion (1966)

This song is lampooning the Carnaby street world of English mod boutique culture and those who followed every latest craze. The Kinks songwriter Ray Davies claims he wrote the lyrics for Dedicated Follower of Fashion after having an argument with a … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Fashion (2009)

I am, I’m too fabulous I’m so, fierce that it’s so nuts I live, to be model thin Dress me, I’m your mannequin J’adore Vivienne habillez moi, Gucci, Fendi, et Prada. Valentino, Armani too. Merde I love them Jimmy Choo … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Fashion Pack (1979)

Amanda Lear’s Fashion Pack disco hit charted during the summer of 1979. The song is about the fashionable lifestyle of Studio 54 denizens, and includes references to Yves St. Laurent, Lou Lou Falaise, Vogue and Women’s Wear Daily… It was … Continue reading

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Patent Fashions – 1937 Shoes

American design patent D104,965 was granted June 15, 1937 for 3 1/2 years to John J. Doucette, of the Pedigo shoe company of St. Louis, Missouri. Founded as the Pedigo-Weber Shoe Company by 43 year old James Pedigo in 1912 … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Take Back Your Mink (1955)

The burlesque number Take Back Your Mink was written by Frank Loesser, composer and lyricist for Guys and Dolls which premiered on Broadway in 1950. The play’s writer Abe Burrows was selected as the winner of the 1951 Pulitzer Prize for Drama but because he … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Point of No Return by Nu Shooz (1986)

I am bending the rules with this addition because the song isn’t about fashion, but the video uses stop motion to animate a lot of shoes and sneakers – and after all, the band’s name is Nu Shooz… The band … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy (1950)

The Chatanooga Shoe Shine Boy by Red Foley was at the top of charts in 1950, and was later covered by other artists, including Frank Sinatra, Pat Boone, and Bing Crosby. Have you ever passed the corner of Fourth and … Continue reading

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