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‘Fancy Dress Balls’: Get a load of this Victorian-era cosplay
07.28.2014
11:41 am

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As someone who used to be a costume designer, I find these images of Victorians in their finest costume threads intriguing. I have to admire all the tailoring and all the hard work that went into costumes and extravagant gowns/suits. These outfits put any Halloween or Comic-Con creation to shame. Okay, maybe not all Comic-Con cosplay, there were some out-of-this-world creations spotted in San Diego this year.

But damn! The Victorians knew how do it!


 

 

 

 

 
More images after the jump…
 

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‘Ska and punk and Duran Duran’: Fantastic student-made documentary on mid-80s high school fashion
07.21.2014
05:32 am

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Maybe it’s the congeniality of the kids, or maybe it’s the inspired use of the riff from “She Bop,” but this high school documentary, dated either ‘84 or ‘85, is possibly the only reflection on fashion I could describe as “adorable.” This is not to patronize the subjects, who display the kind of plucky fortitude necessary to survive the crude politics of high school. The problems they face may jog your memory: an emphasis on conspicuous consumption annoys a girl who can’t or won’t drop the cash for expensive threads, a sweet brace-faced girl and her best friend are harassed by jocks for their punk aesthetics, and (of course) a boy gets called a “fag.”

It’s all very cliché high school stuff, but it’s also very real (and very recognizable), though school is obviously only half the battle for a teenage fashion pioneer. When asked about their parents’ opinions on their children’s sartorial choices, students reported a range of responses, from support to “disgust.” Overall, the teens seem pretty confident and self-assured, and they don’t really appear all that obsessed with the “outsider” clothing they’re sporting. When asked to give advice to their peers, one reassures teens of a world beyond their small town, and another simply recommends a lot of punk shows.

You hear that? The kids were all right.
 

 
Via Network Awesome

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David Bowie in his tighty-whiteys, 1973
07.18.2014
07:49 am

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Many of you have probably already seen these stills of David Bowie in his “tighty-whiteys” from a 1973 photoshoot. I think they should be resurrected from time-to-time here on Dangerous Minds. Never forget!

Admittedly, I still giggle like a young schoolgirl every damned time I see these.


 

 

 
h/t Britrockaholic

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Anatomical lingerie? Yes, anatomical lingerie…

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You may already have the anatomical swimsuit, but what about a pair of knickers to match?

Well, these “see-thru” briefs are not for sale in any department store as they are part of an amazing art work produced by artist Eleanor Beth Haswell called “Why are you so afraid of your own anatomy?

Eighteen-year-old Eleanor is currently an art student based in the north-east of England, producing her own art work and collaborating with a group of artists called the Clandestine Collective.

In an interview with Marie Claire, she explained the ideas behind “Why are you so afraid of your own anatomy?”:

Throughout history we, as women, have fought to break loose from the preconceived image of how we should act in society in order to be our own person, with notions and beliefs that we’ve formulated ourselves…

As I was focusing on an art project based on body shaming at the time, I began to notice a lot more shaming online, especially in the UK. It’s the nipple that’s deemed to be the issue, the fact that both men and women have them yet a woman’s must be censored. I just don’t understand how people claim that we don’t need feminism, but are offended by something as innocent as the nipple, and are happy to create a divide to suggest that a woman who does what she wants with her body is unacceptable. Why is there this divide between genders?

You can read the full interview with here and see more of Eleanor Beth Haswell incredible work here.

Updated August 2014.
 
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H/T Doctor Matt Lodder, via Slow.

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Handpainted Calvin and Hobbes Vans shoes
07.14.2014
10:14 am

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Sweet Calvin and Hobbes handpainted Vans by Laces Out Studios. It’s not entirely clear on their website how much they are or how to order a pair. I’d message them via their “Contact” and hopefully they’ll respond.


 

 

 
Below, Beastie Boys’ Licensed to Ill shoes:


 
Via Nerdcore

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Fashion mastication: ‘Pre-chewed’ blue jeans nibbled by lions, tigers and bears
07.11.2014
08:03 am

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Animals
Fashion

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If you can distress denim with acid, I guess using wild animals to do it isn’t too strange....

Admirers of the Kamine Zoo in Hitachi, Japan, hit upon an unusual idea for a fundraising drive: Sell jeans that have been gnawed on by lions, tigers, and bears. Generous sheets of blue material are stretched over tires and large orbs and left in enclosures where the hungry beasts use their sharp teeth and claws to penetrate the fabric—fabric that is then sewn together to create what they’re calling “Zoo Jeans.” The jeans are being sold by auction, so no price point has been set.
 
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Mithun Romandani, a men’s buyer at Selfridges in London, isn’t too impressed with the outcome. He told The Guardian that he felt that “the rips are too sporadic” and that they “don’t look natural.” Considering that the designers undertake their work naked, can’t speak or read or write, have never been to Paris, and don’t give a shit about Anna Wintour, I think they did a pretty good job.
 
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Below, the “Zoo Jeans Making Movie”:
 

 
via Huh.

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Freaky armadillo purse
07.07.2014
10:52 am

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Here’s something you don’t see every day: A real armadillo handbag up for auction on eBay. The listing is asking for $299 or a best offer.

While it is intriguing to look at, I really hope this little guy was roadkill or died of old age and was not killed specifically for this handbag.
 

 

 
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Pills, thrills and absinthe: Unusual swimsuits for the summer
07.02.2014
09:18 am

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Because you can never have enough pill-themed swimsuits in your life, right? If you don’t want to sport pills on your bodacious bod, there’s an absinthe-themed suit as well. Don’t mix pills and absinthe, though, you’ll be sorry.

Both swimsuits are by Poprageous and retail for around $109.00 each. I’ve also added the Eazy-E swimsuit by the same company because why not?


 

 

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Psychodandy: Jesus and Mary Chain-inspired clothing collection
07.01.2014
10:57 am

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A few years back my wife and I walked past a skate park and laughed as we noticed that one of the pre-teen skater kids was wearing a mall-bought Clash tee-shirt, except that whoever manufactured it didn’t even attempt to copy their logo. No picture, it just read “The Clash” in Helvetica.

You can’t buy cool, which brings me to this…

Jim and William Reid, the Scottish brothers behind The Jesus and Mary Chain are many things, but since when are they style icons? Apparently Japanese designer Jun Takahashi sees the Reids as the height of fashion, hence his hideously expensive and deeply odd Spring/Summer 2014 Undercover clothing collection for men, inspired by them…

If dressing like a rock band from 30 years ago—and paying dearly to look like an absolute twat—seems like something you wouldn’t be ashamed of doing in public, you can order items from The Jesus and Mary Chain line at Undercover’s website. Takahashi and Undercover have earlier collections based on krautrockers Can and Talking Heads. What could possibly be next, I wonder?
 

Pretty tragic, right?
 

JAMC pants… because why not?
 

I’ll never understand
 

Nine million rainy days? No problem with your JAMC “You Trip Me Up” parka!
 

The living end? How’s about something’s wrong?
 

They didn’t even get the line right!
 

Okay, admittedly I would wear this one… it says “DOG” on the back.

Via Nick Abrahams

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Debbie Harry, Ramones, Nick Rhodes, Courtney Love and more on MTV’s ‘Andy Warhol’s 15 Minutes’


 
In December of 2010, I visited the Andy Warhol Enterprises exhibit then being held at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. It was an excellent full-career retrospective, loaded with rare goodies, and generously tilted toward his early, pre-Factory commercial work, which I prefer to his more famous silkscreens (commence calling for my skull on a pike, I don’t care). But as much as I was enjoying the early books and the blotted-ink drawings of shoes, I was surprised by a trip down amnesia lane that came at the end of the exhibit, a video installation of one of Warhol’s last projects, the show he produced and co-hosted (with Debbie Harry) for MTV called Andy Warhol’s 15 Minutes. The name of the show referred to Warhol’s famous quip “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” Episodes of the program were actually 30 minutes in length. #themoreyouknow
 

Warhol with Debbie Harry, dressed by Stephen Sprouse.
 
I was an arty kid, so I knew perfectly well who Warhol was (some of my friends only learned of his existence from that show, believe it or not), and so I never missed it. Though it wasn’t too hard to catch them all—as the series was prematurely ended by Warhol’s 1987 death, there were only five episodes, the last of which was mainly a memorial. But while it was on, it was glorious. Although the program featured lots of marquee names, befitting Warhol’s obsession with celebrity and celebrities, it also highlighted NYC downtown fashion, art, and music phenomena. Mind-expanding stuff for a midwestern kid, and stuff which would have otherwise been entirely inaccessible, since Warhol’s previous television ventures, Fashion and Andy Warhol’s TV, were limited to NYC cable.

And unless you visit the Warhol Museum or a traveling retrospective, the program itself is now pretty well inaccessible. Few things have been more damnably hard to find streaming than episodes of 15 Minutes, and to my complete bafflement, the Warhol Museum store doesn’t offer a home video. Much of what little can be found is fuzzy VHS home recordings, but it gives an adequate taste of how deep the show could go—and remember, this was on MTV.
 

 

 
It gets a good bit better with this clip of Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes taking the viewer on a tour of Manhattan nightclubs The Palladium and AREA (note future Twin Peaks actor Michael J. Anderson as the garden gnome.)
 

 
KONK were an amazing dance-punk band of the era. You may recognize the drummer, Richard Edson, an original member of Sonic Youth, and co-star of the Jim Jarmusch film Stranger Than Paradise.
 

 
This Ramones interview ends with a live, not lip-synced, performance of “Bonzo Goes To Bitburg.”

 
The last bit footage I’ve found is a jaw-dropper—an interview segment with a 21ish, pre-fame Courtney Love!
 

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