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Saturday, May 27, 2006

Carnivale of the Movie Don'ts

Fashion is a Verb wants to know: What movie do you credit with being responsible for the biggest Fashion Don'ts? In other words- Which movie started off clothing trends that never should have been.

Well, this is an easy question to answer! Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1927) started a number of unfortunately long-lived fashion trends. Rotwang's strange overcoat was bad enough, but his wild hairdo was even worse, but his most heinous contribution was the raccoon eye makeup, still championed today by Rachel Zoe.

The real Maria's shapeless dress started off a trend topped only by the false Maria, i.e. the robot. Her full body armor with mask was an instant hit, and Vogue even released patterns for housewife/blacksmiths. This fad was ended only by the shortage of metal caused by World War II. Here in the U.S., many women tearfully donated their suits of armor to Lady Liberty, thankfully ending one of the most heinous fashions ever to conquer the world.


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