What on Earth Are You Wearing?: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Fashion
Chloe Quigley, Daniel Pollock, Kat Macloed
Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub
PDF eISBN: 9781452119069
Authored by: Chloe Quigley, Daniel Pollock (collectively created Michi Girl)
Illustrated by: Kat Macleod
Every fashionista worth her Louboutins cares as much about a book's outfit as she does about its content. This purse-sized encyclopedia dons a cloth cover stamped with shimmering silver foil and a satin-ribbon page marker. Alongside vibrant illustrations, a team of fashion forecasters defines more than 285 terms from acid wash to zebra ("fatigues are really just exhausted clothes") and answers sartorial quandaries ("What do I do when I've bought a genuine 'Channel' handbag in Hong Kong?"). Equally snarky and stylish, this insider's guide is sure to be on all of this season's best-dressed lists.
About the Author
Chloe Quigley and Daniel Pollock are the creators of fashion forecaster Michi Girl and are the authors of Like I Give a Frock. They both live in Australia.
Kat Macleod's illustrations and collages have appeared in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Like I Give a Frock. She lives in Australia.
Even the Bible mentions it. As the oldest dye known to man, it was used in the tabernacle of the Ark of the Covenant and all the way throughout history to Levi’s blue jeans. Natural indigo is the fastest-acting dye known to man. Hence the name. Go, Indi, go! -57- INDIGO INKLE IKAT 1) A coloured linen tape used for trimming. 2) South African term for ankle. . A fabric in which the yarns have been tie-dyed before weaving. Also see Ugly. INVERTED PLEAT Pleats that reverse the fold of the
butt cheeks are left exposed. Maybe it has something to do with post-game celebrations? JOHNNY JEANS Like religion and politics, this is a topic my mother told me never to bring up at dinner parties. Too many fundamentalists. For Christ’s sake, could one of you Armani Exchange– wearing, right-winged fascists please pass me the fucking salt? JACKET 1) A short, arse-revealing gown we pay for in the hospital. 2) An arse-revealing short man who pays for it anywhere. -60- JUMPER A knitted
needle count, the cheaper the rent. NONWOVENS Clothes made from bellybutton lint. NYLON A synthetic material made popular in the 1940s with the invention of stockings. Made less popular in the 1970s with the invention of tight-fitting nylon skirts that would self-combust in front of heaters. In other words, much more exciting than cotton. NOVELTY UNDERWEAR The underwear equivalent of squirting flowers, whoopee cushions, and fake vomit. In other words, you’ll never get laid with it. NEEDLE
anyway. PLUNGE BRA Just like a plunge pool, you can just dive right in for a quickie. -97- PASHMINA PEIGNOIR A posh name for a see-through dressing gown. Popular with brides, escorts, and . . . well, no one else. PEIGNOIR -98- PANTALOONS A style of men’s pants popular in the seventeenth century in England. Not so popular any more, not sure why—it’s such a great word, don’t you think? POLYESTER Polyester was originally discovered in 1940 by British housewife Polly Ester while cleaning
UNMENTIONABLES If you were from the seventeenth century, I would say see Underwear. -125- UNMENTIONABLES UNITARD Derogatory term for a close-fitting one-piece all-over garment. UNION SUIT UNITARD -126- Invented for women in Utica, New York, a union suit is an all-in-one flannel suit with buttons down the front and a flap at the back (see Snap Crotch) for rest stops. It is impossible to look even vaguely attractive in a union suit. When I wear my union suit, I wear a balaclava and break