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Fashion in Song – A Zoot Suit for my Sunday Gal (1942)

Recorded several times by different artists in 1942 including the Andrew Sisters, here is the Kay Kyser version: I want a zoot suit with a reet pleat And a drape shape, and a stuff cuff To look sharp enough to … Continue reading

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Patent Fashions – Dress Sheilds

The earliest examples of dress shields I have found in garments date from the early 1890s. However, Elizabeth Emerson on a chat group I follow (Fashion Historians United) found a reference to them being a new idea in 1863 when … Continue reading

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Fashion as song – Union label (1978)

Written by Paula Green and Malcolm Dodds, 1975: Look for the union label when you are buying that coat, dress or blouse. Remember somewhere our union’s sewing, our wages going to feed the kids, and run the house. We work … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Raspberry Beret (1985)

I tried posting this fashion song when Prince died, but I couldn’t find it online anywhere… ¬†Raspberry Beret was the first single released from Prince’s 1985 album ‘Around the World in a Day’. BTW – this song really isn’t about … Continue reading

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100 Years Ago – The World and Fashion in 1918

In March, 1918 the Russian Bolshevik government ceded Poland, the Ukraine, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, and Finland to Germany in exchange for peace. Later that year, the Russian capital was moved from Petrograd to Moscow, and the former Tsar and his … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Doin’ the Raccoon (1928)

Raymond Klages and J. Fred Coots (best known for their 1934 hit Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town) wrote Doin’ the Raccoon in 1928. The song is about the craze for raccoon coats – a style popular with the collegiate … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Lipstick on Your Collar (1959)

This 1959 hit for Connie Francis was written by George Goehring and Edna Lewis: When you left me all alone at the record hop Told me you were going out for a soda pop You were gone for quite a … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Pants, by Veggietales (2001)

This 2001 children’s silly song tells the tale of online shopping… Welcome viewers, what comes next? A pair of pants with stripes or checks Dig in your wallet, dump out your purse Who’ll be the one to buy the first…pair…? … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Fashion Killa (2013)

Released 2013, by A$AP Rocky — Warning, racial epithets.

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Fashion in Song – Ballad of the Garment Trade (1962)

From 1962’s Broadway hit ‘I Can Get It For You Wholesale’ If you don’t want to get nervous Do yourself a great big service Stay away please far from seventh avenue You can lose your sense and reason Guessing what … Continue reading

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