Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Lingerie for ladettes?

Bags and belts made from ring pulls from drink cans have become almost a familiar sight at craft fairs, but Ingrid Goldbloom Bloch went a step further and made ring pull knickers. Her Trashy Lingerie collection has been purchased by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not - the museum chain specializing in curiosities (FiberArts Sep/Oct 2010, p. 15).
Founded by the American cartoonist, amateur anthropologist and eccentric collector of oddities Robert LeRoy Ripley (1890 – 1949) this world of the strange and bizarre has become a successful global entertainment brand. I visited one of the empire’s establishments last year – out of sheer curiosity – and remember particularly a portrait of the Mona Lisa made from slices of toast, and a dress made from human hair.


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