January 6, 2008
In the early '50s, I was a Korean War vet, attending college and supplementing my income as a male model in Chicago ("Tears and Roebuck," by Dan Neil, 800 Words, Dec. 9). I was one of those "underwear" guys, appearing in the Sears catalogs. There is a reason that the male models in the print ads appear to be eunuchs. All male underwear models were required to wear dance belts under the briefs or shorts being modeled. When worn, this impossibly snug garment obscured any bulge the model possessed.
June 15, 2013 |
This year marks the 100th birthday of the T-shirt. Maybe. It's clear the simple little garment has been around for many, many years and rose in popularity just as fashion was losing some of its starch. But no one knows exactly when the T-shirt as we know it was born. What we do know is that in 1913, the U.S. Navy brought tees into public consciousness in a big way when it ordered a "light undershirt" for sailors to wear beneath their uniforms. Americans were likely taking their cue from European soldiers who had begun sporting lightweight cotton undergarments. But online T-shirt maker CustomInk, for one, has seized on the Navy's 1913 endorsement of the garment to trumpet the T-shirt's century mark, as well as round up its own list of iconic T-shirts through the ages.
April 5, 2001 |
Thongs--once the badge of exotic dancers and girls from Ipanema--have become so mainstream that 19 million North American women are wearing them and Kmart bins are overflowing with the skimpy undies. Now lingerie marketers are trying to bolster the trend by pushing women to show off the underwear as outerwear.
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June 10, 1994 |
A former youth soccer coach pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony burglary charges stemming from the discovery of a plastic bag in his attic that contained underwear belonging to several girls who played on his team. Luis Castellanos, 19, of Montbello, faces seven counts of felony residential burglary and 12 counts of receiving stolen property for allegedly breaking into 20 homes in the La Crescenta-Tujunga area and stealing panties and money.
April 26, 2013 |
Oh, Gwyneth Paltrow, even being humiliated looks good on you! Paltrow got down with some girl talk on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Friday when the host brought up the dramatic, see-through dress the "Iron Man 3" star rocked at the Hollywood premiere Wednesday night. You know the one . It was sheer down the sides from waist to toes? Ellen tried to be genteel about it, but Gwyneth was more direct. PHOTOS: 50 most beautiful female celebrities "I think there's questions here," said the host, "and the question to me is ... " "Why is her [booty]
January 4, 1985 |
Two well-known designers of menswear express varying opinions on what's right today in the following interviews reported by Fashion85 staff writers Betty Goodwin and Mary Rourke. During his honeymoon last fall on the Caribbean island of St. Martin, Lee Wright sunbathed in men's cotton underwear. Not just any underwear, you understand, but fuchsia bikini underwear, which Wright designed himself, using his own body, as he puts it, as "a barometer of comfort."
November 2, 2012 |
Dark-and-edgy teen retailer Hot Topic Inc. is putting its own spin on underwear. The City of Industry company is testing a new lingerie brand called Blackheart and launching five stores in the Southland and Texas this month dedicated to their undergarments. Billed for "girls who rock and roll," Blackheart is going for a slightly older crowd than Hot Topic's typical teen shopper, the 18-to-30-year-olds who care about sexy undies but reject more preppy outlets like Abercrombie & Fitch and J Crew.
June 18, 1988
As a Chinese-American, I must disagree with Sheila Benson's review of "Dark Night," one of the best and most important Chinese movies to play in American theaters (" 'Dark Night' Tends to Be a Sleepy One," June 11). The movie accurately reveals the reality of changing relationships among the new wealthy class in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Though many people may not like to face these truths, the film courageously and artistically presents them as they really are. It's rare that Americans ever have the opportunity to experience a film that depicts the struggle between traditional Chinese morals and the more liberated attitudes of modern times--the new Chinese experience.
March 11, 1990 |
Long johns just ain't what they used to be. And that's good news for the consumer. Today there is a wide variety of high-tech replacements for the old scratchy, bulky, shrunken underwear. Choices range from silk to polypropylene, from such trademarked synthetic fabrics as Lifa, Thermax and Capilene to cotton, wool and synthetic blends.