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1950s fashion from the cover of Life Magazine, 1914


In 1914, nudity was easy to imagine, but not gentlemen in public without hats.

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Model Nykhor Paul calls out makeup artists for not being prepared to work with her skin tone

South Sudanese model Nykhor Paul is tired of professional makeup artists being unprepared to work with darker skin tones.

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A walk through art history, told in a series of imaginative shoe designs

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Nick Adelman says he created this series of designs with one goal in mind:

“To create a shoe as a summation of an entire culture’s art.

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100 Years of Beauty - Episode 9: Italy

Episode 9 of the "100 Years of Beauty" series looks at Italian hairstyles and make up from the 1910s to the 2010s.

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Reading glasses by the 4-pack ($8)

Currently selling for $7.85 for a 4-pack on Amazon, these normcore reading spectacles are a great deal. Available in a wide range of strengths.

Fabulous hats of San Quentin State Prison women inmates

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That's Bertha Boronda in the lower left square. I'm not sure if her proud look reflects her satisfaction of having the biggest hat or successfully cut off her unfaithful husband's penis with a straight razor in 1908.

Female inmates of San Quentin State Prison and their very fine hats

Crazy and amazing unofficial Barbie fashions from the 1960s

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Collectors Weekly's Ben Marks says, "Schiffer Publishing has just released 'Doll Junk: Collectible & Crazy Fashions from the ’70s & ’80s,' by Carmen Varricchio, who fills almost 200 pages with images of Barbie and Ken knockoffs and the campy fashions that manufacturers in the U.S. and Europe thought would appeal to little girls.

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Kickstarting custom cellular automata scarves


Noah writes, "Fabienne Serriere, a hacker and machine knitting enthusiast, is running a Kickstarter currently for provably unique mathematical scarves modeled off of cellular automaton and made of Merino wool.

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DIY Underlit LED Skirt

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Imgur user SexyCyborg makes lots of cool fashion using open source hardware, like this underlit LED skirt. She published a very detailed HOWTO create your own based on her trial and error.

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Kids in the Hall Minecraft tees


Tavie sez, "There's a tee shirt from the Kids in the Hall's recent tour that shows 5 KITH characters as Minecraft avatars. The Chicken Lady one kills me."

Short box pins

1" x 1", $6 at LA's Secret Headquarters, who note, "Anyone who gets it really gets it, ya know?"

Changing the conversation around games with fashion and ballet

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Mare Sheppard, half of two-person development team Metanet Software, has unveiled an unprecedented art project around the upcoming release of Metanet's long-anticipated N++: A photography series of dancers wielding vivid scarves designed in the image of the game.

Although it's a sort of "campaign" for N++, the expressive goals of the project, called Motion++, are higher, Sheppard tells us. "I want to convey the influence of dance and movement and art in my platformer, and show how Raigan [Burns, her collaborator at Metanet] and I really see N++, to abstractly demonstrate some of the characteristics and depth this game has. I am trying to show instead of tell, and in an unexpected way."

For Sheppard, Motion++—a gallery of striking images that communicate the spirit of the upcoming game, where players can even buy one the fashion scarves depicted (starting at a very reasonable $35)—is more than marketing, but an assertion of her values into a space that's often constrained by insular commercial aesthetics.

"I am trying to be the change I want to see in the world and in the game industry, in everything I do: I want the future to be diverse, abstract and creative, influenced and inspired by a wide and surprising range of things," she says. "I want games to be a vibrant, layered reflection of time and place and personality, made possible by a variety of people and collaborations. I want people to see the beauty of games with much more depth -- I want to help expand what games are and what they can be, who they speak to, and what they say. And how they say it! I hope this project is even one small step towards that future." MetanetSoftware-9494-20150226-Edit

Although Motion++ was inspired by fashion editorial, ballet and the diversity of beauty and bodies, it's fundamentally an expression of how Sheppard and Burns feel about their game and the experience of playing it.

It seems impossible to believe the first release of Metanet Sotftware's N was in 2004. The simple but impossibly-elegant free game became widely loved and often-imitated over the years, culminating in 2008's N+ release on Xbox Live Arcade and other platforms. Metanet's "definitive and final" N++ will release on PS4 in the near future.

100 Years of Beauty - Episode 8: Russia

Episode 8 of the "100 Years of Beauty" series looks at Russian hairstyles and make up from the 1910s to the 2010s.

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Tentacle shoes support your foot with eight other feet

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Designer Kermit Tesoro released images of this custom-designed POLYPODIS 2015 shoe.

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Skinny jeans blamed for health troubles

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Warning, wearers of close-fitting denim! A woman in Australia had to be "cut out" of her skinny jeans after suffering muscle and nerve damage.

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Tie your shoes the Ukrainian way


The "Ukrainian lacing" method puts a pair of loops in both sets of top eyelets, cross-laces to the bottom, and anchors the laces with a pair of hidden knots, so that you can slip your foot into a "tied" shoe, then tighten it and tie a perfect bow with no loose ends.

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Ultimate t-shirt for trolling science fiction fans


$20-26 from Offworld Designs. (via Diane Duane)