Fashion for Free

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fashion for free

Fashion For Free
Allen
1980

I don’t know what to say. I think I can guess why some of this “fashion” is free. This cover picture takes the cake. Maybe it would have looked better in black and white.

This cover image seems off to me. Either the outfit is sized wrong or her head is too small for whatever we are calling that dress/bathrobe/blanket combination she is wearing. I like the chunky boots though. Maybe that’s how she is showcasing her personality.
As a person that would have been a target market for this book, I can assure you none of my college pals would have been caught dead in such an outfit. The other pictures aren’t quite as horrific and seem more appropriate to the fashion of the time, but my 1980 college self would think this is a hangover from the early 1970s and walk right past this book.

Mary

back cover

remaking a denim skirt

patchwork

conversions painted jacket

9 comments

  1. If you wear that outfit on the cover, you probably won’t have to worry about any future super-hot dates/unexpected party invitations/having any friends to stun.

  2. I’m thinking the person who had the, um…’genius’ idea of making clothes out of rectangles that can be unlaced ”like a shoelace!” either needs to get out more, or to never leave the house again. Seriously, that’s one of those middle-of-the-night brilliant ideas you feverishly right down when you’re only half awake, and then throw away furtively in the morning when you realize how insane it sounds.

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