Monthly Archives: October 2010

Happy Halloween Y’all!

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Remember to be generous to all your trick-or-treaters tonight.

Have a fun & scary Halloween!

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Rocket Room This Friday @ Debaser in Stockholm

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Cheerleader Uniform Fashions Are Changing

As many of you gear up this fall to either cheer on your favorite teams or to get your cheerleader costume ready for Halloween, cheerleader uniforms are making the news.

Seminole County, Florida Cheerleaders - Photo via Stephen M. Dowell Orlando Sentinel

In Florida earlier this year, cheerleaders had to get special permission to wear their skirts on game day, because the uniforms were deemed to be too sexy for the school’s new dress code.

Bridgeport Central H.S. Cheerleaders - Photo via Autumn Driscoll

In a related story, cheerleaders in Connecticut requested school officials to make their uniforms more conservative from the skimpy midriff-baring tops & short skirts.

The Connecticut cheerleaders’ demands are related to a recent study of university cheerleaders in America which stated that college cheerleaders whose uniforms exposed midriffs faced a significantly higher risk of developing eating disorders.

Georgia Tech Cheerleaders - Photo via Gene Galin

Society’s standards and cheerleaders self image are both contributing to the changing fashions and standards which will affect what we’ll see cheerleaders wearing in the years to come.

Which way do you hope the cheerleader skirts & tops go? Up or down?

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AMERICANA Is On The Road In The U.S.A.

Photo via FolkArtMuseum.org

AMERICANA is taking a trip to our homeland of the U.S.A!

During our visit, we’ll be going to uniquely American places, meeting interesting people & filming loads of these things for our blog.

So stay tuned & we promise to give you more of authentic American people places & things….


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The Pendleton Board Shirt

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A little history about this classic American shirt & its connection to The Beach Boys.

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Blue Jeans Discovered in 17th Century Paintings


From the "Master of the Blue Jeans" Exhibition: Woman Begging With Two Children

Although many believe Levi Strauss to be the inventor of blue jeans, the word originally came from the French phrase “blue de Genes” or the blue of Genoa.  Since the Renaissance, Genoese sailors wore trousers made from denim, which eventually became white from washing and wearing in the salt water and sun. Later in the 19th century, they became popular again, as men such as Stauss used denim as a rugged material for workers’ pants.

Woman Sewing With Two Children

Recently, 17th-century paintings by a northern Italian artist, dubbed the “Master of the Blue Jeans” have been discovered and are on show at the Canesso Gallery in Paris.  According to curators, the blue tint of the fabric was painted with the exact same indigo used to dye denim.

Beggar Boy With a Piece of Pie

“The works are very attached to the detail of clothing — it was very rare for a painter to characterise the poor with such detail. And there is blue jean in every painting except one.” said curator Gerlinde Gruber, who helped to identify the anonymous artist’s works.

Peasants Dining with a Young Flute Player

Now you know that those blue jeans you’re probably wearing are one of the few items of modern clothing that has origins dating back four centuries!

Two Young Porters Playing Cards

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Boy Scouts of America Shirt

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