Dressing the Women in Blue

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Officer Pat Johnson with her child, in Los Angeles 1971. Cal Montney/Getty Images

“On a Friday afternoon in a small suburb of western Cleveland, Sergeant Tanya Sirl was finishing her shift when she spotted a burglary suspect on the run. Wearing her standard police uniform, she pursued the suspect on foot, leaping over a chain link fence in the process. She succeeded in detaining him, but not before ripping open the seam of her pants. “My pants got caught on the fence because the crotch was so low,” said Sgt. Sirl. “It ripped them from appetite to asshole. Everyone got to see my hot pink thong.” She made her way back to the station holding her pants together with one hand, and writing up her report with the other.”

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A Look at Flight Attendant Uniforms Through History

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Braniff International Airways hostesses in uniforms by Emilio Pucci, 1965. Photo credit: Braniff International Public Relations Archives, History of Aviation Collection, UT-Dallas

“Before you fasten your seat belts and prepare for takeoff at San Francisco International Airport, stop by International Terminal Level 3 for the new Fashion in Flight exhibit. Over 70 airline uniforms are on display, dating from the pre-war 1930s to present day. If you think you would rather spend your pre-flight time at the gate listening to the blood pound in your ears and staring into the abyss, think again. The SFO Museum Fashion in Flight exhibit is on display for your entertainment from now until January 8th, 2017. Aviation Museum and Library hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily and the Main Hall galleries are always open. Why waste your time at the gate feasting on an overpriced airport sandwich and reapplying deodorant when you could dress up your brain with knowledge of flight attendant fashion? Enjoy the following preview of this San Francisco treat.”

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Why Do Ghosts Wear Human Clothes?

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Garments for the Grave. Designer: Pia Interlandi.

“Paranormal enthusiasts often report sighting spirits dressed in Victorian period clothing, flowing white dresses, or just jeans and t-shirts. Why? If ghosts are, as paranormal investigators would have us believe, essentially human spirit energy stuck in purgatory between earth and the great beyond, why do their manifestations include the manufactured convention of clothing? We consulted paranormal and death experts from around the globe on what ghosts are wearing these days and why.”

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