History of the Hoodie


Gary Warnett's social history of the hoodie "unpicks the stigma associated with the garment" and traces its presence in popular culture back to the 1930s.

The longtime association with criminals begins in medieval times, but Champion's classic sweatshirt dates to the 1930s.

"It's a pivotal moment," Warnett says. "That's when the design becomes rehashed for the purposes of storytelling."

The term itself is relatively new, though, and reflects just one of those stories.

It's part of a series about the place of so-called "sportswear" in fashion (like 'street fashion,' the term is used to exclude the thing being appropriated) Check out Gary Aspden on footwear.

In 2014, when interviewed by editor Lou Stoppard for our In Fashion series, designer Nasir Mazhar lamented continued references to the ‘trend’ for ‘sportswear’ and 'streetwear’, citing a lack of understanding from fashion writers about the subtleties and references of his aesthetic. ‘It’s just fashion. I think it’s kind of rude to call it ‘streetwear’ or ‘sportswear’. You don’t play sport in it do you? Streetwear - what are you saying? That it's what people wear on the street? People wear all clothes on the street. It’s fashion. Why don’t they just call it fashion?’ he argued.

Motivated by these comments and the prevalence of sporty shapes and silhouettes across so many high fashion runways, SHOWstudio seeks to analyse the history and nuances of key ‘sportswear’ garments.

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Enthusiastic Donald Trump supporter wears homemade Donald Trump dress, purse

Photo: Steve Peoples

“This Texas Trump supporter has never been to a political rally before. It's her first Trump dress, too.” Steve Peoples, Associated Press.

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How to bring the look of women's high fashion into your closet for cheap

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Over at eBay, fashion designer/stylist Kelly Sparks, who moonlights as my wife, wrote about how to bring the trends seen in the crazy couture of fashion show runways into a woman's everyday wardrobe: "Five Fall Fashion Trends That Aren't Just for Supermodels" Read the rest

Steampunk power-plant ring

Thinkgeek's new $30 Hi-Voltage Toric Generator Ring is a copper-plated pewter fancy that looks a tiny power-plant on your finger. Read the rest

Fun guide to women's vintage clothing on eBay


Do you dig women's vintage clothes? My wife Kelly Sparks is a fashion designer and stylist who has been a hardcore vintage and thrift treasure hunter since she was in high school. Kelly was asked to write a series of shopping guides on eBay and her first one, no surprise, is "The Thrill of the Hunt: A Personal Stylist's Guide to 10 Vintage Items Every Woman Needs In Her Closet." Read the rest

Watch: 100 Years of Lingerie in 3 Minutes


To my eye, more is frequently less. Bonus finale with plus-size model Germaine Nichols, cancer survivor Danielle Orner, and androgynous model/activist Rain Dove. (Mode via Laughing Squid)

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Light-up steampunk watch

Thinkgeek's $60 Tesla Steampunk Watch has it all: clock-winding key, silvery vacuum tubes (they light with an elaborate switch), brass housing, steam-pressure dial second-hand, and a sturdy leather strap. Read the rest

IBM's lost, glorious fabric design

It's a pity that IBM hasn't made this fabric since 1950 or so, because I would rock a pair of pajamas in this pattern (or hell, a big suit!).

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Cthookie Monster tees

They're designed by Beastpop and sell for $20 in the Neatoshop, which also has some other great Beastpop designs, such as the Flying Spaghoofy Monster and Mickthulhu Mouse (and the farting Bambi!). Read the rest

Fury Road badge-set

These 1.25" Fury Road badges are $11.36 for a set of 7 (also available as magnets!) (via Geeky Merch) Read the rest

Fruit leather purses are a thing now


Now you can accessorize with cruelty-free "leather" created from discarded fruit, thanks to Fruitleather Rotterdam. Read the rest

How to make a beautiful MoMA-inspired necklace out of paracord

Brooke Mackin of Signs & Marvels provides a slightly more affordable alternative to the Museum of Modern Art's golden mesh necklace.

War Boy bandanas

Matthew "Gianteye" Borgatti, creator of the Guy Fawkes bandana and dangly lockpick earrings, has done it again with the $20 War Boy Bandana: "YOU WILL RIDE INTO VALHALLA SHINY AND CHROME!" Read the rest

Gorgeous nerdy textiles

Detroit's Cyberoptix make hundreds of beautiful, nerdy textiles: linen library due-date scarves (also available as silk ties); bandana print neckties; chemical warfare ties; civil defense med-kit scarves; notebook-paper silk pocket squares (also scarves) and felted wool neckties -- all made to order in a wide variety of colors! Read the rest

Bubble nails look like marbles attached to finger tips


I love bubble nails!

From Cosmopolitan:

The technique, also referred to as "curve nails" or "hump nails," is achieved by building up acrylic in the center of the nail and thinning it out around the edges to create the round shape, as demonstrated in the video below: Read the rest

Immortan Joe Wants You For War, Boy!

Hugohugo's Fury Road/Uncle Sam mashup art is available as a tee, shirt, poster -- there's also a Furiosa/We Can Do It mashup. (via Gameraboy) Read the rest

Crocs for kaiju

After you've tired of croc-a-likes that look like topsiders, Converse, and Vans, you can switch to rubber shoes with monster toes that squeak when you walk (via Gameraboy). Read the rest

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