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Vintage Pathé Fashion Films from 1955

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There is something quite charming about these short Pathé News Films from the 1950s.

In the first, model Carol Archer visits a boutique in Soho, London, where she tries on a variety of novelty ear-rings, including miniature champagne bottles, cuckoo clocks, and hands.
 

 
More fab fashion films, after the jump…
 

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Global warming fashion statements: Hot couture
11.06.2011
11:15 pm

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Fashion
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Punk

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Fun Fun Fun Fest
Drought


 
Texas has been suffering through a drought for what seems like an eternity. The past year has been the driest since 1895, when the state began keeping rainfall records. Not even Rick Perry’s prayers have brought a respite from the desert-like conditions in my neck of the woods, Austin.

In this collection of photos shot by my wife Mirgun Akyavas at this past weekend’s Fun Fun Fun Fest you can see how some folks dealt with the clouds of dust being kicked up by a steady and unrelenting flow of gusty winds. The fans and bands were assaulted all day Saturday by nasty little dust devils and an incessant mouth and nose clogging mineral mist that resulted in some rather stunning fashion statements both utilitarian and expressive.
 

 

 

 

 
Nomadic rockers Tinariwen (The Deserts), who hail from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali, arrived from their homeland well-equipped to deal with the gritty conditions in Austin. They must have felt at home in the swirl of sand and dust. Their performance at FFF Fest was a highlight of the three day gathering - soulful, bluesy and beautiful. Check out the live footage of the band after the jump. And if you’re not familiar with their music, the new album, one my favorites of 2011, Tassili, is an excellent place to start. Watching their performance at FFF Fest, I was once again reminded of how every culture has its blues music and how fundamentally similar they are. The music goes deep into something universal - the heart that hurts.
 
More dust bowl fashion and the deep grooves of Tinawiren after the jump…
 

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The only known film footage of the inside of Max’s Kansas City


 
Ciao! Manhattan director David Weisman claims that this is “the only known footage of the inside of Max’s Kansas City.” Of course, he’s not including all the films and videos of performances shot at Max’s. But those don’t reveal what the club as a whole looked like.

A brief glimpse into New York’s epicenter of cool when everything and everyone seemed larger than life.

Viva, Richie Berlin, Ara Gallant and Paul America make fleeting appearances. This was shot in the late Sixties. Weisman narrates.
 

 
Thanks to Leee Black Childers for the photo.

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Vintage stripper audition Polaroids from the 60s and 70s
11.01.2011
11:35 am

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Fashion
Sex

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Strippers


 
Flickr user stripper_polaroids says he bought a box of over 400 photos of strippers trying out for a southern California club in the late-60s and early-70s. He bought the entire collection for $10.

 

 
More after the jump…

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Amazing Doctor Who ‘Weeping Angel’ costume
10.31.2011
09:46 am

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Fashion

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Doctor Who
Halloween
weeping angel


 
BBC America held a “scariest costume contest” online and the winner is Genevieve from North Carolina’s frightening “Weeping Angel” costume.

See the rest of the submissions over at BBC America.
 

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Terrific ‘They Live’ Halloween costumes
10.30.2011
05:12 pm

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Art
Fashion
Movies

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Halloween
They Live


 
Wow! Phenomenal They Live Halloween costumes by Kiersten Essenpreis. There are step-by-step photo instructions for making the masks over on Kiersten’s website. I think I may have to make one these next year—they’re just too good! 
 

 
(via Super Punch)

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Russian mod explosion 1969: Go go boots and babababushkas
10.27.2011
12:02 am

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Design
Fashion
Music

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Berioska
Ostankino


 
The Berioska Dance Company of Russia gets in an ultra-mod frame of mind in this video from 1969.

With great national pride our young and fashionably hip comrades dance a folkloric boogaloo while off in the distance Moscow’s Ostankino TV Tower (the fourth largest in the world) looms like a giant hypodermic needle.
 

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Halloween or Williamsburg?
10.26.2011
11:12 am

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Amusing
Fashion

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Halloween or Williamsburg


 
Halloween or Williamsburg is a Tumblr that lets readers decide which photos are of folks who are just super-duper excited about Halloween or those who are just hipsteristas suffering for fashion in their everyday “ironic” attire. It’s up to you to figure it out. Not as easy as it might seem…


 
(via the NSFW-ish Gorilla Mask)

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Johnny Cash Halloween costume
10.23.2011
10:44 am

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Amusing
Fashion

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Johnny Cash
Halloween


 
“I shot a boy in Reno just for some candy corn.”

This is beyond awesome.

(via reddit)

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Carnaby Street in Color, from 1968

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Color photographs and footage of London’s Carnaby Street from 1968. Doesn’t look all that swinging, does it?
 
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Via How to be a Retronaut
 

 

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