Page 10-The Michigan Daily-Weekend etc. -March 26, 1992
DID YOU KNOW?
The most expensive dress ever made, an embroidered evening gown with
516 diamonds, was priced at $1.5 million and had to be taken by armed
guards to a Paris fashion show in 1977. Shoes extravagant enough were
never found so the model wore the dress barefoot!
Dutch model Wilhelmina holds the world record for appearances on the
covers of the world's top fashion magazines. She appeared on 250 covers
before she retired in 1967.
For over hundred years, women laced themselves into extra tight corsets
in pursuit of the 19th century hourglass figure. Their waists were as tiny as
16,15, and 13 inches!
The largest pair of shoes ever made was a size 42. They were custom
made for Florida giant Harley Davidson and they measured about 23 inches!
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"No, not really, 'cause what I
want to do just ends up being the
business, it's never like, this is too
wild, I just do it. Usually things
aren't as wild, anyway. Right now, I
mean, we're all wearing like janitor
clothes, and that's about as unwild
as you can get," he laughingly
Mostly influenced by what he
and his friends like to wear, music
seems to have much tc do with
shaping the success of Stussy. His
distinctive graphics have adorned
albums by B.A.D.II and Malcolm
"Those were just 'cause they
were friends and stuff. They were
like feel-good projects, nothing that I
pursue or anything. Pure fun. I
mostly listen to hip hop, the best of
that being bands like Brand Nubian
and A Tribe Called Quest. I'm really
down with the whole Native
These days, Stussy's time is be-
ing taken up mostly by his first
ventures into the world of retail
"The shop in New York is the
first one, and me and my girlfriend
just opened one in Laguna Beach.
There's just gonna be those two
Stussy stores. They'll bothshave ev-
erything - the whole line."
Since he spends most of his time
on the coasts, I ask Shawn if he feels
that NY and LA really do dictate
style to the rest of America.
"No, I don't think so," he muses.
"I think everybody's pretty equal
now, with MTV and all that kinda
stuff. It's a much smaller gap. It isn't
like the whole of America is unhip
and LA and NY are the only people
comin' up with stuff. Everybody is
looking at the same books, watches
the same videos and magazines and
My T-shirt can beat up yours
r egardless of your musical tastes, most musicAl mavens pay homage
to their audio personal jesus via the same sacred icon, the concert T-
shirt. This common denominator is shared by Madonna wanna-bes and
Fudge Tunnel fans alike.
Concert tees are more than just another way to cover your bod, more
than just a $20 fashion statement of your current musical fave. They are
bold, visual representations of who you are.
These 50/50 blend cultural acid tests tell a story. An '85 Smiths "Meat
Is Murder" shirt screams "I was there, buddy, and you weren't." A brand
spankin' new Nirvana "Nevermind" top simply whimpers, "I'm jumping
on the bandwagon and desperately want to be as cool as that guy over there
browsing the indie/import section of the record store."
This isn't to say that Nirvana shirts aren't cool. As with other band
paraphernalia, the older the better. Bust out a tattered, beat-up once black-
now-grey tee from a Nirvana gig at the Blind Pig from years gone by, and
you're in the house. This frayed swatch of fabric thumbs it's nose at the
Teen Spirit army, boasting "You poseur, I saw these cats back when you
were still lining up for Howard Jones tickets."
If you can't come up with such a hip artifact, the next best thing is to go
for obscurity. Tees fronting bands like Schoolgirls From Hell or the
Winona Ryder Love Squad always score big points on the sonic hierarchy
chart. No one can deny a bands coolness if they've never heard of them.
These tees have a long life as well, unless the band scores a Grammy, or a
segment on Entertainment Tonight.
But if you really think about it, the ultimate in awe-inducing concert tees
aren't the old or the unknown, but the brazenly tacky. We're talking Vanilla
Ice or New Kids On The Block, fer chrissakes. Who else but the most
confident, assured person would dare go out in public wearing such a
blatant socialfauxpas? People far and wide will marvel at your astronomi-
cal self-esteem. Not to mention the number of dates you can milk out of it.
So the next time you wonder why all the women you're eyeing at the bar
are flocking to the dude in the Marky Mark tee, wonder no more. Ditch the
Soundgarden and try on a Paula Abdul for size. You'll be amazed.
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