Out of Shape

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Research for my book about the discontents of clothes. Read more at http://footpathzeitgeist.blogspot.com

Mel Campbell
Really nifty way to create a personalised dress form when making clothes for yourself – or for a regular client. I like that it's an analogue method. Before the advent of tape measures, tailors would measure their clients with specially notched strips of paper, which they would then retain for a precise record of each client's body.

Really nifty way to create a personalised dress form when making clothes for yourself – or for a regular client. I like that it's an analogue method. Before the advent of tape measures, tailors would measure their clients with specially notched strips of paper, which they would then retain for a precise record of each client's body.

The Queen's wedding dress! Somehow, even though I've researched so many famous wedding dresses, I'd never seen this one.

The Queen of style: The beautiful gowns and precious jewellery that have made the Queen the very image of royalty

London couturier Norman Hartnell was the man the Queen chose to dress her for all the pomp and circumstance of the special occasions in her life.

Policemen measuring Peggy Graves' swimming costume, to check whether it meets minimum clothing requirements [1933].

Disco jeans, 1979.

Boogie Nights and the Beginning of Disco

Anyone could tell you the “typical” disco traits: the synthesizer, the twirling ball, and the funky pants—but fewer know the true origins of disco, which emerged from the gay underground of New York.

Look at those drop-crotch pants.

BLACK FASHION

flawsandall: “ x - Brandon x Ricci Steez “ We takin ova tho. ” ”

Topless men were banned from the beaches of Atlantic City in New Jersey because the city didn’t want “gorillas on our beaches.” It wasn’t until 1937 when men finally won the right to wear just swimming shorts without a shirt.

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historical-nonfiction: “ Topless men were banned from the beaches of Atlantic City in New Jersey because the city didn’t want “gorillas on our beaches.” It wasn’t until 1937 when men finally won the...

Publicity pic of Australian swimmer Annette Kellerman in her famously daring one-piece bathing suit, in which she was arrested for indecency in 1907. Like many sportspeople of her era, she took up swimming as a child to strengthen her legs (which had necessitated steel braces). I want to emphasise that she is probably wearing an underlying corset, or the pic is retouched. Her silhouette is suspiciously svelte; the human body just doesn't look like this without corsetry.

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Prom, 1969. My mum has an ALMOST IDENTICAL pic of herself from this era, with the same amazing, ornate hair, wearing her candy-pink chiffon Marie Antoinette-style evening dress that looks a bit like the lady's on far right, but it has lace cap sleeves, and lace and crystals (my mum was annoyed I called them 'sequins' in the book) decorating the bodice.

Flickriver: Most interesting photos from Vintage BIG HAIR! pool

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Easter Parade, New York, 1957 by Brassaï. We rarely get so dressed up these days.

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Easter Parade, New York, 1957 by Brassaï

Robert Clark, head cutter, Turnbull & Asser, London, by Slim Aarons, 1955

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“Stripes Sir?” Robert Clark, head cutter, Turnbull & Asser, London, by Slim Aarons, 1955.

1938-1942 zoot suit: 2 different pattern striped wools, long fitted coat, oversize padded shoulders & exterior pouch pockets, red plastic buttons, high-waist balloon pants, pegged cuffs, 4 slash pockets, crudely made suspenders in cinnamon wool.  Sold at auction for $ 78,000

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Molly Alice Hoy's comic rejects orthovestia – the cultural idea that you need to 'diagnose' your body shape and then dress it in the 'correct' ways.

LOOK: 'I'm Awesome-Shaped!'

As summer (slowly) approaches, we're inundated with articles about "how to dress for your body shape" and "the right bathing suit for your type." ...

1920s: French tennis player Suzanne Lenglen wearing a Patou tennis outfit.

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