Category Archives: Fashion in song

Fashion in Song – Why Do You Bob Your Hair Girls? (1927)

This Appalachian tune that pleads for women not to bob their hair was written and performed by Blind Alfred Reed in 1927. There are two different versions of the lyrics by Blind Alfred Reed, as well as later recordings done … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Alice Blue Gown (1919)

The song was written in 1919 by Harry Tierney with words by Joseph McCarthy for the Broadway musical Irene. Edith Day, the start of the Broadway musical, first recorded the song in 1920. Alice Blue is an icy white blue … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Shine On Your Shoes (1932…)

Originally from the 1932 Broadway Musical “Flying Colors”, written by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz, the song has had many covers: Jerry Lewis, Mel Tormé, Mandy Patinkin, Tony Bennett and even Liza Minnelli. Here is Fred Astaire with his version … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Sweater Girl (1949)

Written and performed by Ruth Wallis, a cabaret singer who produced her own record label for her songs because they were too risque for most record companies! Loretta’s a sweater girl now,Loretta’s a better girl now,How did she steal away, … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Yankee Doodle Dandy c. 1760

Yankee Doodle Dandy was originally sung by British soldiers during the French Indian wars (1754-1763) in mockery of unsophisticated colonials. There were many verses and different versions of lyrics over the next few decades, but the one that stuck was … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Fashion Is Danger (2009)

This 80’s send-up is by New Zealand comedy team The Flight of the Conchords. FashionF-f-f-f-f-fashionF-fashionS-s-styleWarL-l-l-look look look I’m the edge, I’m the chic, I’m the tasteI’m a larger than life with just a hint of laceI’m avant-garde, I’m the heir, … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Sex Is In The Heel from Kinky Boots (2013)

The sex is in the heel even if you break itThe sex is in the heel, honey you can’t fake itJack it up ’cause I’m no flat tireMack it up six inches higherThe sex is in the heel so just … Continue reading

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Sea Silk

Sea silk is a rare textile made from byssus, silky filaments made of proteins hardened upon contact with seawater secreted by mollusks to attach themselves to the sea bed. The Pinna nobilis (aka pen shells), which can be up to a metre in length … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Pucci u say Love (1991)

When Emilio Pucci won the CFDA lifetime achievement award in 1991, Lady Miss Kier was asked to create a tribute in song and fashion.

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Fashion in Song – In These Shoes? (2000)

Released on Kirsty MacColl’s 2000 album Tropical Brainstorm I once met a man with a sense of adventure He was dressed to thrill wherever he went He said: Let’s make love on a mountain top Under the stars on a … Continue reading

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