Cory Doctorow at 9:11 am Sun, Mar 10, 2013
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German fashion brand URB sells a series of "melting" hosiery -- tights and socks -- that appear to be running down your legs.
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Without being too vulgar, the lady appears to have struck mullerian oil.
Crude. Oil, that is.
They should have a version where all the melt is on the inner thighs.
…and red. Anyway this is about as sexy as a bullet to the knee.
Would be great for zombie costumes.
Red melted wax down the inner thigh would be the version remaining truest to the spirit of Leigh Bowery’s costume designs, which I believe to be the inspiration for this “legwear.” The intent of his work was to shock cultural arbiters by challenging sexual and gender norms.
I’ve been photographing candles melted on top of candles lately, and I knew I’d hit on something familiar but couldn’t quite place it, until I remembered the photo below and similar work by Leigh Bowery.
He’s really quite amazing. These tights, ehh, I don’t know. They almost seem like a mass-produced Halloween costume, and that’s hardly in the spirit of Leigh’s gender-challenging work.
I think they’re visually interesting and appealing in that (aesthetic) sense. I think this regardless of whether there was an interesting intellectual basis for their creation.
I’m not sure if they’re mass-produced, but mass-production isn’t (in and of itself) an ethical problem.
Finally all the fashion advantages of being a burn victim, without the painful scarring.
I think the stockings are kind of nifty. Don’t like the shoes, though.
Melting hosiery or leaking badonkadonks?
This is what happens when you apply radioactive cold cream on the legs.
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