A Moment for Barbette

Barbette — born Vander Clyde Broadway in 1898 — was a drag pioneer, circus acrobat, toast of Paris, friend of Josephine Baker, muse (and lover, briefly) of Jean Cocteau, and frequent subject of Man Ray's lens.

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Jun 20, 2017 10:19:00
Mechano-therapy by Dr. Zander

When Victorians Hit the Gym

Here's something to think about the next time you strap on your crusty gym clothes and curse "whoever invented exercise." Swedish physician and said inventor Gustav Zander pioneered mechano-therapy — i.e. fitness through manually operated contraptions — in the late 19th century, circa industrialization, when hard labor wasn't a choice for most.

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Jun 17, 2017 18:36:00

I Can't Believe It's Not Balenciaga

The cheeky creator of the parody label Vetememes is back at it with Boolenciaga. Davil Tran, the 20-something Brooklynite who went viral with Vetememes merch almost identical to Vetements, plus or minus a few letters, is now having fun with Balenciaga.

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Jun 16, 2017 17:52:00
Fanny and Stella

A Moment for Fanny and Stella

In 1870, long before the word transvestite was coined and almost 25 years before Oscar Wilde was convicted of gross indecency and sentenced to hard labour, two men who dressed as women — Frederick William Park (Fanny) and Ernest Boulton (Stella) — were at the center of a scandalous trial in London.

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Jun 11, 2017 11:09:00
Vetements, Prada, Céline, Agnona

Major Etailers Are Going Fur-Free

The e-commerce conglomerate Yoox Net-a-Porter Group (YNAP) is making good on its ethics goals. Today, the Group announced that it's instituting a fur-free policy across its sites, which include etailers Net-a-Porter, Mr Porter, Yoox, and The Outnet.

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Jun 08, 2017 19:36:00
The Maybe of Sleeping Tilda Swinton, Cornelia Parker

Shallow Not Stupid

It's a strange world and we're living in it. Who needs slasher movies when you have 24-hour news? The POTUS reality show is played out on Twitter while the vampiric British PM, who could give Dracula's granny a run for her money with her wine lipstick and hungry laugh, chickens out of a pre-election debate with her rival.

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Jun 05, 2017 22:26:00
Sandro Giordano

Epic Face Plants

Breaking Instagram one satirical image at a time, Italian photographer Sandro Giordano builds elaborate setups involving people falling down and their stuff flying everywhere. For his 'In Extremis (Bodies With No Regret)' series, he recruits live models to pose for hours on end while he arranges the fallout of their falldown all around them. That's it — that's his thing. And why not? Epic face plants are funny, they just are.

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Jun 03, 2017 17:27:00
Vintage men's underwear ads

Vintage Men's Underwear Ads

Hilarious and ridiculous, sure, but some of these vintage men's underwear ads are downright hunky — they just take a little adjusting...

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May 31, 2017 12:18:00

Stay Weird, Japan

You've no doubt seen pics of Japanese businessmen drunk and passed-out on mass transit, or traditional Japanese penis festivals, or unexplained sexual cosplay in — where else? — Japan.

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May 28, 2017 13:06:00

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