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Fashion in Song – Louboutins (2009)

Released as a lead single on Jennifer Lopez’ 7th album in December 2009: Uh, uh, uh, uh, yeahOh, oh, ah-ah-ah, radio killerTaking back my love (Taking back my love)… You said you’d change, but still nothingYou’re still the same, I’m … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Wenn die Elisabeth (1930)

This German song Wenn die Elisabeth is about Elizabeth, who loses her advantage of having great legs in the longer skirt styles of 1930. A second paragraph refers to how her friend Mitzi, who has a great rack, now has … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Sticky Fingers, 1971

Although none of the songs on this Rolling Stones album was about fashion, it’s hard to ignore the novel cover art that includes a working zipper that reveals white cotton undies. Widely considered one of the most influential album covers … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – How to Do That (1989) – Jean Paul Gaultier

Gaultier announced a couple of days ago that he will be retiring from fashion design after his final couture show on January 22. Back in 1989, at the height of his ‘enfant terrible’ reputation, he produced this dance video: How … Continue reading

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A Hundred Years Ago – The World and Fashion in 1920

Postwar Europe was still unsettled in 1920. More treaties were signed to end hostilities and recognize new nations and borders between: Hungary, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Georgia, Armenia, and Turkey. Britain accepted Irish Home … Continue reading

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Hanger Games – The cardboard trouser protector 1952

You know those cardboard covers with the sticky strips to keep trousers from sliding off that goes over the crossbars of wire hangers? Last week a donation of a suit came on an old wire hanger that had one of … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Air Force Ones (2002)

Air Force Ones was written and performed by American rap artist Nelly, and was released on his Nellyville album, November 7, 2002. It peaked at #3 on the U.S. Billboard top 100 chart. The song became popular with sneaker heads … Continue reading

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How to Stay Spiffy

I was stumped earlier this year when I was contacted by the Carleton Place and Beckwith Museum with a picture of a wire thingy in their collection and asked if I knew how it was used… I couldn’t help. However, … Continue reading

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AND MAYBE THE LAST Knitting Song – Jim Henson Muppets (1983)

It’s neat and it’s sweetIt’s a ding dong treatKnittin’ socks for little feetJust sittin’ with your knittin’ all day longYou know knittin’s friendlyAnd knittin’s funKnittin’s good for everyoneAnd that is why we sing this knittin’ songWell it’s knit one pearl … Continue reading

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And ANOTHER knitting song: Knitting – Arthur Askey (1939)

Comedian Arthur Askey was born in Liverpool in 1900 and served in WWI where he also performed in army entertainments. After the War he went into the theatre and eventually built a career on the radio, becoming well known by … Continue reading

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