To celebrate Fashion Week, Cristen highlights some of fashion history's strangest fads, including rotten teeth and newspaper clothes.
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Women in Japan during the Heian period also blackened their teeth! In addition to wearing tons of layers of robes (if they were exceptionally wealthy) and wearing their hair very long and silky. Not to mention those high, circle shaped eyebrows.
I would really like to encourage you to wear your newspaper dress that's your iPhone on the NYTimes page. You said "it doesn't cover very much" but I find that objection to be frivolous. Go for it. Please.
I don't think the 20s headbands or teddy girl looks were strange at all. The real bizarre trends to me are things like Chinese foot binding, the women of the middle ages plucking their hairlines to make their foreheads look bigger. Plucking off the eyelashes was also popular. At one point, using arsenic to make your skin paler and putting belladonna in your eyes to make them look big and shiny was also a thing. Then there's the whalebone hoopskirts you couldn't sit down in. I remember a story in the late 90s/early 2000s about trendy east coast women having their pinky toes removed to better fit into narrow, pointy toed Manolo Blahniks, but the story probably exaggerated the number of women who were doing that. It was probably, like, 2 crazy socialite bitches. Oh yeah, and around that same time, it was all the rage in some African countries for women to get as fat as possible and brides-to-be were said to be munching cattle feed to chub up before the wedding.
+moonlily1 Yeah but most adults know about these fashion trends. We either learned about them in school or have heard other videos talk about them. It was refreshing to hear something new. I've never even heard of the term Teddy boy girls or Judies.
Why is it called a "Canadian tuxedo" when Canadians don't wear it? It's especially galling considering that it was yanks who invented and still wear "jorts", jeans cut off at the knee. THAT is a fashion faux pas worthy of execution.
The skirt lifter was because women wore tight corsets and *could not* bend over! You needed to be able to lift your skirt when going up stairs, for instance, so that you wouldn't step on the skirt and trip.
Early Roman Era - blonde wigs coming from slaves
Italian Renaissance - Shaving the crown of the forehead and eyebrows
Imperial China - footbinding
Feudal Japan - also blackened teeth
Modern Japan - Visual Kei, the rest is wtf...
Early 19th century - sheer muslin gowns and pants tight enough to see the bulge.
Victorian Era - open hole bloomers
1910s - hobble skirts tight enough to nearly prevent you from walking
1920s - oxford bags
1930s - shoe hats and other stuff by Elsa Schiaparelli
1940s - zoot suits
1990s - heroin chic, JNCO jeans
2014 - keyhole sweaters
Loved this video, I am now addicted. Can't stop watching. I have learned more in this video than I did a whole semester at FIDM. Could have saved myself a lot of money if you had these videos when I was in college. But instead I dropped out and did porn. #lifegoals
I love shoulder pads because I have very 'slopey' shoulders, which isn't a problem aesthetically but it is a problem if I want bra or bag straps to stay on my shoulders instead of slipping down my arms. Although another good fix for slipping bag straps is jackets with epaulets
Apparently, in the ancient middle east, wealthy women wore ankle bracelets that were joined together by a chain. I imagine it looked something like what prisoners have to wear when being taken to execution. They're most likely what "a tinking with their feet" is referring to in Isaiah 3:16.
in the soviet union, some ladies who didn't have a lot of shirts would make different little collars and clip them on the same shirt, giving the illusion that they were wearing something different every day when in fact they werent :/
Actually, the Hanky Holder seems like it would be more hygienic than carrying them in a pocket. Now we just need to invent a self-washing hanky. Also white lead was used in whitening make-ups in Asia up until the early 20th century, Jessica. The obsession that Asians have with white skin as a sign of femininity or virility is founded in Taoist sexual beliefs and not just a product of Westernization.
High healed sneakers. WTF is up with those? Sneakers are for working out. Heels are for looking sexy / professional (depending on your shoe choice). Put them together and you get a shoe that allows you to do neither. Why???
Could you do a Video on Something like, The Difference of Fashion in women (or lady's)? I have seen the Strongly different "tastes" in women's (or lady's) Fashion on what type of "Group" The women are in, I was wondering if this maybe the same thing that makes us different in personality or what. I find this very intriguing, and i would think i am not the only one. I would be Honored if you would make a video of this
Victorian and Edwardian women used to use Belladonna eye drops to dilate their pupils because large alert eyes were considered attractive, down side is Belladonna drops cause blindness. White lead was used over a period of about two hundred or so years (1500's to 1700's) to both whiten and tighten the skin of the face and neck, downside is it causes terrible sores and lead poisoning. Another weird fashion, it wasn't until the Regency period in England (1811-1820) that women finally got REAL underwear, before that it'd been nothing or open crotched bloomers.
Skirt lifters were mostly a necessity for women of social status because, I don't know if you've worn a corset or not, but bending down that far DOES ACTUALLY HURT. Especially if you have a whale bone or steel boned corset.
Howsa bouts this doozey. After the black plague 'pregnancy' became fashionable with women stuffing pillows under their dresses.
Or....women during baroque time would cover their pimples with chic black symbols, such as stars, hearts.
Thanks for the fun vid!
arsenic dye people always wanted the "arsenic" green silks and satins it was the height of fashion for a long time even after it was found to cause severe illness and death. also it was in paint and other things
I used to take my mom's shoulder pads out of her blazers and stuff my training bra with them ... Which was really weird cause I was like 8. But I figured I should have boobs at 8 years old, I guess. Wishful thinking, lol.
Spray tans. As a ginger, I need to spray tan/fake tan or I get comments from people telling me how pale I am- orly? I hadn't noticed- but I don't understand why being pale is such a horrible thing in fashion.
+Katherine Colvine Before the 20th century, pallor was considered the ultimate sign of beauty, which is why "fair" became a synonym for beautiful or pretty. Pale skin was considered a status symbol because working people would be tanned from being out in the fields all day. That was basically the same reason that being a little chubby was once considered the height of female desirability: it was associated with wealth and luxury, because it meant you were well fed and didn't do any work more strenuous than needlepoint.
Being pale (to today's shallow individuals who judge based only on appearance) means you're stuck in an office all day, and don't have time to be out on your yaht. Tan is often seen as a status symbol, the same way that being pale was fashionable back when most people who had to work did so outdoors.
Milk baths were a popular trend that women would take to make their skin paler and more youthful. Only wealthy people were able to indulge in this practice, and it has been said that they would later sell the milk from their baths to the poor for consumption (Ewww).
Depends on how they're cut. The long, full ones that would get stuck in cart wheels or knock over candles were in fact dangerous, but given we use electric lights and use cars to get around, today's sleek evening gowns don't hurt anybody.
You want strange fashion-fads? Check out the panniers/hoop skirts of the 18th Century. In fact the whole get-up for a wealthy woman of the 18th century was absolutely crazy simply because there was so much to it. Not to mention beauty spots which had different meanings dependant on where the spot was placed. Oh yeah. And the men's fashion of that era.
Here are some fashions through the ages that I consider very strange: Mayan teeth-filing, the Frankish haircut, ruffs, farthingales, lead-based face-paint, Chinese foot-binding, high heels, scarification, lip plates, tongue piercings and mullets.
i find the bullet bra very odd as womens boob are not shaped like torpedos also in the Victorian era women wore their gloves so tight they sometimes would end up with crippled hands and premature aging joints in their fingers just like how some geisha and Asian women would bind their feet and sometimes in extreme cases brake them and bind them so they would appear delicate.
The foot binding thing is chinese. The whole point was to break their feet, and fold the toes under the foot, then bind them so they wouldn't grow. There are plenty of nightmare fuel pictures on the internet of old chinese ladies who had their feet bound as little girls, and they are just disgusting. And only about 4 inches long.
Women in ancient japan blackened their teeth as well, but because the white face paint they used made their teeth look yellow in comparison, so they went for contrast and made their teeth black, also they would shave/pluck their eyebrows and pain on thin lines. notable story was of the "caterpillar woman" with eyebrows like hairy caterpillars and teeth the color of peeled caterpillars. fun fact
Tightlacing was actually an issue, because it would restrict breathing. If a woman had to do any sort of work, she could pass out from lack of oxygen. Many doctors will now recommend them because they help with posture, but back when these were worn more commonly, some women would take things to the extreme and tie them as tight as they could, resulting in trouble breathing, and for some women, cracked ribs.
Any sort of research in history will tell you this.
+AmyRose7771 i speak from experience, and if your do them up properly than they're comfortable. but there are two types of corsets, a fashion corset and an authentic corset. in coursets there are somthing called bones. bones are what make the shape of the corset. the fashion corsets bones are made of plastic, and the authentic is made of steel to make the bones strong yet fleabl enough to breath. how ever the authentic corset is what you are thinking of. this kind of courset is the kind they had in the Renaissance. though the ones in the Renaissance were made from actul bones from animls and sometimes humans. anyway, these are the kind that can pull tight enough to make ones waist 4 inches maybe even 3 inches small. here is a likn if you want to read more on this: http://www.ebay.com/gds/What-Are-the-Different-Types-of-Corsets-/10000000177319414/g.html i hope this helped you :D
+SirDarwin Drake Corset's are alright to a point. But back in the Victorian ages they were laced up so tight that it was actually unhealthy. Woman commonly died from what we now know were caused by the tightness of the corset rearranging their insides. Our bodies are delicate (male or female) I don't mean fragile so much as more of a 'you shouldn't mess with them' sort of way.
I havent worn one before, being a guy, but some of my friends have and they say they arent that bad. They were shrinking their waist by about 4-6 inches and were fine. Their problems were that they couldn't bendover, slouch, and run. I've seen some corsets that shrink the waist by like 10 inches...at that point i think itd be fair to call them a torture device XD
i cant remeber what peroid it was but looking pale ment your rich and you dont need to go out side and work and looking tan mean poor and out side farming alot, people even gone as far as using chemical drinking or putting it on their faces to make them look pale. but now its like revers
That's interesting. I always just thought that as people began having office jobs instead of outside jobs (like farming) made getting a tan harder so it became popular. People always want whats difficult to get, like the fact that in the U.S. it's stylish to be skinny. In third world countries, being fat is stylish.
That was pretty much always up until the 1920s when Coco Chanel was photographed after spending the day on a yacht & she had gotten a tan. Then we realized how flattering a bit of color really is, I suppose so it stuck.
I remember reading "Little House on the Prairie" when I was little and Laura's mom telling her she had to wear her sun bonnet or else she was going to be "as tan as an indian" which I thought was a bit ridiculous considering they were living in the middle of no where... Quite literally.
The other day I had a dream about a girl I sort of knew in high school (In my dream she was my age now) I haven't seen her or thought about her in 25 years but it was driving me crazy because I couldn't remember her name. I pulled out my old year book to see if I could fine her. OMG the hair! I'd forgotten how incredibly BIG the hair was. wow.
Bustles. Never understood why women would wear something that intentionally made their booty look big? Not to mention it had to be impossible to sit down, and then there is the problem of going potty with one of these booty cages on!
Two words GRAVY STOCKINGS. During world war II in England the ever fashionable nylon stockings (nylons) were no longer being imported, due to wartime restrictions. The ladies simply could not live without stockings slathered their legs in gravy to mimic nylons. Women would also draw seams on the back to make the illusion more believable. What a mess. You would smell like meat all day and be chased by every dog on your block. I would just go barelegged.
Not too long ago, how about the doughnut-foreheads in Japan? The jelly-shoes in the 90's that caused all kinds of blisters? I'm also certain that in the future, people will possibly look back at Skrillex hair and be confused.
The teased hair and blue eyeshadow (that didn't look good on anyone) of the 80's, I went to school for 80's day and people said I looked scary, but the teachers said I looked just like I was from the 80's.