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Throwback Thursday: Cat Fashion From 100 Years Ago

Cynthia:  Marcy, can you believe this? These cat stockings are from 1914. That is almost 100 years ago.  I mean … WOW!

Cat Stockings from 1914


Marcy (yawning):  100 years ago… 10 years ago… It’s all the same to me. I wasn’t around.

Cynthia:  Well, I wasn’t around either.

Marcy:  Are you sure?

Marcy swishes her tail smugly.

Cynthia:  Age jokes are beneath you, Marcy. Don’t go there.

Marcy:  Whatever. So what’s the big deal?

Cynthia (excitedly):  The big deal is that there were cats on tights 100 years ago! That is incredible! That is bewildering. That is mind boggling.

Marcy:  Whatever. Your mind is always boggled.

Cynthia:  I mean… here we are… almost 100 years later… and we still want to put cats on tights.

Cat Tights from 2013
Cat Tights from 2013



Marcy:  Why are you always so obsessed with cat tights? This is like our 3rd post on them.

Cynthia (marveling):  Just the fact that there were cat lovers 100 years ago who put cats on their clothes… I don’t know… it makes me feel like I am not so crazy after all. (suddenly) Maybe I could get a pair…

Marcy (horrified):  No. Just. No. I stick to my point from four months ago:

If you are not a Harajuku Girl 
If you are not 12
If it is not Halloween 

You simply CANNOT wear them. I put my paw down, Cindy.
I. Put. My. Paw. Down.

Marcy puts her paw down.

Cynthia:  Fine. Whatever. Meanie. (pause) You know, it’s almost time for Halloween. Why don’t I just –

Marcy (yelling pleadingly):  No!

 

 

Fashion

ModCloth Finally Loses Its Mind With Cat Fashion

Cynthia:  I do believe this cat bustier from Modcloth marks the beginning of the end of Cat Fashion.

ModCloth’s Here’s Looking At Mew Top

Marcy:  Oh my gosh!

Cynthia:  I know. It is very startling.

Marcy:  That is so wrong.

Cynthia:  Modcloth has been the hub of cat fashion for ages. They sell cat themed everything – t-shirts, blouses, skirts, mugs, wall hooks, socks, dish towels, books, tights, jewelry, etc. and etc. and etc. Modcloth girls love their cats!

But this. This is off the wall bonkers. Even slightly disturbing although I can’t put my finger on exactly why.

Marcy:  I’ll tell you why.  A black bustier is sexy. Those cartoon cats look like kids toys. Childish + sexy = disturbing.

Cynthia:  Possibly. I think they were trying to knock off this look by Helmut Lang from 1989.

 

Helmut Lang Cat Bodysuit Bustier
Photo by William Claxton
Vogue Paris 1989


Marcy:  They didn’t succeed.

Cynthia:  Nope.  The Helmut Lang cat suit is sexy and edgy. Even cheeky. It’s an editorial look, beautifully hand crafted, and not meant to be worn outside the way the Modcloth one is. I really wonder if this cat trend in clothing has finally gone too far and will begin to dissipate this year? Or, if it will go on forever?

Marcy:  Oh… it will go on forever. I am a cat and I am always in style.

 

 

Feline

Marcy Goes To Hollywood (Cat Lady Looks From 1961)

Marcy:  Cindy, look! They are holding cat auditions in Hollywood. Let’s go! I am prettier than all of those stupid cats on leashes! I know I’ll get the part.

*Black Cat Audition Photos*


Marcy:
 Hmmmm WHAT?! Get my headshot and let’s go!Cynthia:  Ummmm… hmmmmm… uh, well…

Cynthia:  Oh, Marcy, this is a picture from 1961. The auditions were possibly for a Roger Corman film called Tales of Terror.

Marcy:  So WHAT?! I’m going to be famous. Let’s go!

Cynthia:  But that was over 50 years ago. Why do you want to be famous anyway?

Marcy:  Because I need to get the hell out of this cat infested dump before I go crazy!

Cynthia (hurt):  Awwww… we have a nice place.

Marcy:  Because I want to be important and looked at and admired and idolized for being pretty and mean and vapid.

Cynthia:  Uh… I don’t think you want to be vapid.

Marcy:  CAN YOU GET ME ON A PEOPLE MAGAZINE COVER, CINDY? CAN YOU? CAN YOU?

Cynthia:  No.

Marcy:  That’s because you look like crap. If you are going to be my agent I need you to step up your fashion game.

Cynthia:  Now I’m your agent?

Marcy: You will obviously need pedal pushers or a pencil skirt, a bouffant hair-do, and a nice strand of pearls. Oh! And a structured and classy purse. Try and look like this:

Marcy:  Or this. Although I highly doubt you could manage to look this good. Try, please.

Marcy:  However, if you look like this I will hire a new agent.

Cynthia:  Awww… look at those cute crazy old cat ladies. That’s my future, Marcy! I love it! You know, I think I have a pair of Oxfords just like the lady on the right. (as she rushes off) I’ll go get them!

Marcy (disgusted):  And this is why I’m leaving to be a Hollywood Star.

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