The Pantsuits of Yesteryear

Enjoy this fetching new James Lileks vivisection of a vintage 70’s Fredricks of Hollywood catalogue. With plunging satire and swooping prose, it’s sure to guide your eye where it wants to ramble: on the hard-bodied landscapes of retro libertines.

    “DEVASTATING . . . that’s you, in Frederick’s denim pantsuit.” Hmm. Is one required to salute the stitching? Would it be cruel to wonder if the model lost her right arm when the wind picked up and it just snapped right off? Eat something, girl!

    Moving right: the red number is appropriate if you are character in a lyric about the Copacabana nightclub, but otherwise you look someone threw a can of tomatoes on a Converse sneaker.”

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  1. airship says:

    Make sure you waste your entire morning on Lilek’s site. He is snide, cynical, and funny as hell. He mocks not only cheesy 70’s pantsuits, but meat, motels, matchbooks, and many other objects of cultural worship.

  2. etinterrapax says:

    Second. I got sucked into his site with the Gallery of Regrettable Food. Hours of fun. The Mommy Knows Worst book is also a riot, and most of the content isn’t on his website (which cannot also be said of the Gallery book).

  3. Benko says:

    oh man thanks for recommending checking that out. i’d never been to lileks before.. and now i look forward to reading more… just hilarious!

  4. AcidReign says:

    …..I miss 1970s pantsuits. Guys, these things were light, sheer, and obscured none of the wearer’s pelvic lines. One of my hot highschool English teachers used to wear this skin-tight tan number that would make me twist horribly in my chair. You could literally read the tag on her panties when she walked by! Gawd! Now it’s all baggy crap and long dresses people wear…