Friday, August 10, 2012

Fashion Victim: Hawaiian Shirt, Ca. Late 1960s - Early 1970s

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I haven't posted a "Fashion Victim" item in a while, and OMG, I was really tragic today.

I'm wearing a genuine Hawaiian shirt resplendent in acid green, tangerine, and magenta. I don't know if this fabric is dyed or printed, but I suspect the former. This is a very high-quality shirt, beautifully constructed out of heavy brushed cotton. It features cloth-covered buttons and an inset pocket. Here's a scan of part of the back of the shirt so that you can better appreciate the vivid hues and wonderful texture of the material:


This garment was made by Pacific Isle Creations of Hawaii, a company which seems to have specialized in making particularly fuck-you-ish shirts. Abstract patterns on Hawaiian shirts enjoyed a brief vogue around this time. I have several examples in my collection, but none of them compare to this one.

Oh, and I'm standing in front of Jackson Pollock's Number 1, 1959 (Lavender Mist), but I really think of this as my Helen Frankenthaler shirt.

Aloha!

11 comments:

nixiebunny said...

OMG. I used to have one (I wore it out) that was pretty bright, but this shirt is operating on an entirely different level.

Peteykins said...

Ooh, and you know your stuff, Nixie! GORGEOUS, isn't it?

Lulu, the Dewey Dame said...

Price on eBay?

dianegsocialist said...

This is the first full-on pic of you I've seen in a long time, Peter! I must say, you are looking great. I love that shirt juxtaposed with the Pollock, too.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I cannot unsee that shirt. Damn you!

Anonymous said...

Tall man, long neck, big hands...mmmm...must mean you have a big, um, foot as well.

Or FEET. I meant feet.

Are you single? I love a smart man who's hilarious and loves art and has a big...foot, or preferably 2,

Anonymous said...

So glad to see your picture as I'm a big fan!
P.S. Condie would look great in that!

Peteykins said...

But, anonymous, how can you be so sure I'm tall?

Gahhh... I kinda feel like I have to take a shower after that comment.

J. Matt said...

I used to own a similar shirt, although it appeared to be printed on white burlap.

Baltimoron said...

My Mom once got me a one size too small ugly as sin Hawiian shirt for our annual Don Ho birthday celebration, but I have to admit yours beat mine!

Comrade Physioprof said...

Awesome fucken shirt! I'm just gladde I wasn't tripping when I saw it, or who knows what might have happened.