Amazing how a brand new R13 T-shirt can throw you back 34 years:
“Master and Servant” is Depeche Mode‘s eleventh UK single (August 20th,1984) It is the second single from the Some Great Reward album. The subject is BDSM relationships, which caused some controversy. It reached #9 in the UK Singles Chart, #49 in the American Dance Chart and #87 on the Billboard Hot 100
The overtly sexual, BDSM-themed lyrics of “Master and Servant” — complete with synthesized whip-and-chain sound effects — reportedly meant that the song was banned by many radio stations in the United States (though the song reached the Billboard Hot 100 chart anyway, albeit only at number 87 and for only a three-week chart stay).
Reportedly, the song narrowly avoided a radio ban by the BBC as well. “Master and Servant” might have been banned if the one BBC staffer who wanted to ban the record had not been away on holiday when the other staffers voted on whether to add “Master and Servant” to their playlist.
A female version struck dievca’s fancy, you heard this group before on her blog here.
Coco de Mer’s collection of luxurious bondage pieces offer both visual and tactile delights to inspire exploration, excitement and enjoyment. Crafted from sumptuous cow hide, butter soft lamb’s leather, plush suede and beautifully polish wood, each item has been created for unbridled eroticism after dark.
Why do I have to wear them after dark?
They look so beautiful I want to wear and use them in public.
In the sunlight.
It’s coming up…dievca’s House:
Pretty true, but dievca doesn’t hate to be alone. she does hate to get wet in the rain and this Vetements Unisex Over-sized Zodiac Raincoat goes over her backpack easily and isn’t as heavy as her Stutterheim Raincoat. Now that she has moved, her risk of being hit by a Truck while biking has lessened.
This is true:
are a garment for sleeping or lounging worn by men, women, and children. Pajamas may be one-piece or two-piece garments, but always consist of loosely fitting pants of various widths and lengths. Pajamas are traditionally viewed as utilitarian garments.
The word pajama comes from the Hindi “pae jama” or “pai jama,” meaning leg clothing, and its usage dates back to the Ottoman Empire. Alternate spellings include: paejamas, paijamas, pyjamas, and the abbreviated PJ’s. Pajamas were traditionally loose drawers or trousers tied at the waist with a drawstring or cord, and they were worn by both sexes in India, Iran, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Pajamas could be either tight-fitting throughout the entire leg, or full at waist and knees with tightness at calves and ankles. They were usually worn with a belted tunic extending to the knees. Although the word is Hindi, similar garments are found in traditional costume throughout the Middle and Far East.
Pajamas were adopted by Europeans while in these countries, and brought back as exotic lounge wear. Although the wearing of pajamas was not widespread until the twentieth century, they were appropriated as early as the seventeenth century as a signifier of status and worldly knowledge.
Pajamas as Sleepwear
Pajamas are generally thought to have been introduced to the Western world around 1870, when British colonials, who had adopted them as an alternative to the traditional nightshirt, continued the practice upon their return. By the end of the nineteenth century, the term pajama was being used to describe a two-piece garment: both the pajamas (trousers) and the jacket-styled top worn with them.
By 1902, men’s pajamas were widely available alongside more traditional nightshirts and were available in fabrics like flannel and madras and had lost most of their exotic connotations. Pajamas were considered modern and suitable for an active lifestyle. The advertising copy in the 1902 Sears, Roebuck Catalogue suggested that they were: “Just the thing for traveling, as their appearance admits a greater freedom than the usual kind of nightshirts”.
The streamlined, often androgynous fashions during the 1920’s helped to popularize the wearing of pajamas by women. While men’s pajamas were invariably made of cotton, silk, or flannel, women’s examples were often made of brightly printed silk or rayon and trimmed with ribbons and lace. Early examples featured a raised or natural waist with voluminous legs gathered at the ankle in a “Turkish trouser” style, while later examples featured straight legs and dropped waists, a reflection of the 1920’s silhouette. Throughout the century, pajamas would continue to reflect the fashionable ideal. The 1934 film It Happened One Night, featured a scene where Claudette Colbert wears a pair of men’s pajamas. That helped to popularize the menswear-styled pajama for women. (photo above)
With the popularity of unisex styling during the 1970’s, pajamas were often menswear inspired. Tailored satin pajamas had been popular since the 1920’s but were rediscovered during this period by both men and women. In this decade, ethnic styles based on the traditional dress of Vietnam and China were worn as anti-fashion and a statement about the wearer’s political views. This trend toward unisex and ethnic remains to this day and is particularly clear in women’s fashions, where the division between dress and undress has become blurred.
Let’s not forget the children. Young girls and boys are the largest group of Pajama wearers, especially in cold weather climates. History-wise, who had the footed “onsie” in fleece with a zipper? Cosy until you sweated profusely~ And remember this; Bananas In Pajamas
Pajamas as Fashion
This blurring of these boundaries began long ago. Women had begun experimenting with the adaptation of pajama-style trousers since the eighteenth century, but this was associated with masquerade costume, actresses, and prostitution, not with respectable women.
Pajamas began to be adapted into fashionable dress in the early years of the twentieth century when avantgarde designers promoted them as an elegant alternative to the tea gown. French couturier Paul Poiret launched pajama styles for both day and evening as early as 1911, and his influence played a large role in their eventual acceptance.
Beach pajamas, which were worn by the seaside and for walking on the boardwalk, were popularized by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel in the early 1920s. The first beach pajamas were worn by the adventuresome few, but by the end of the decade had become acceptable dress for the average woman. Evening pajamas, intended to be worn as a new type of costume for informal dining at home, also became widely accepted during this decade. Evening pajamas would remain popular throughout the 1930s and would reemerge in the 1960s in the form of “palazzo pajamas.”
Palazzo pajamas were introduced by the Roman designer Irene Galitzine in 1960 for elegant but informal evening dress. They greatly influenced fashion during the 1960’s and continued into the casual 1970’s. Palazzo pajamas featured extremely wide legs and were often made of soft silk and decorated with beading and fringe. During the 1970’s, evening wear and lounge wear merged, as evening styles became increasingly simple and unstructured. Halston was particularly known for his bias-cut pantsuits of satin and crepe, which he called “pajama dressing.” In light of this, popular magazines suggested readers shop in the lingerie departments for their evening wear.
This increased informality of dress has made the evening pajama a staple in modern fashion, and the Asian influence on designers like Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani has blurred the boundaries between dress and undress even further. It is and trend that has come around a number of times and its likely the trend will continue well into the twenty-first century.
A HUGE “Thank You” to http://www.angelasancartier.net , August 23rd, 2009
Wishing you an excellent Monday. XO
dievca’s friend had great success buying clothes at small clothing store in Bayeux, last year. Cour Intérieure Bayeux. She wanted to return and take a look this year. The store had pieces all over the place. A colorful chaos presided over by a Shopkeeper who loves her ‘wares. In direct contrast to that unhappy shopkeeper in Hornfleur. During the time dievca and her friend tried on the store — two other tourists came in and bought something. One from France and one from Finland.
The one brand they had, which dievca cannot find in the US is:
Yes, the logo is the same as “King Louie America” – a company started in 1937 which does custom workwear. It looks like the two companies came to a positive and effective sharing of the logo.
King Louie from the Nederlands runs with a retro-vibe, which fits with dievca’s curvy body type and her look for Master.
Here are some of the clothing dievca and her friend bought or tried on. Yes, it’s cheaper to buy the clothes online or in the Nederlands – dievca’s friend has that option, but not dievca, so she spent her Euros.
About King Louie
“In 1981, we, Ann Berlips and George Cramer, started our business in Amsterdam. We met in high school and shared an interest in vintage clothing. We quickly found various contacts where we could buy beautiful vintage clothing. Our finds we sold at the Amsterdam Noordermarkt market, and from 1983 also in our first Exota shop in the Jordaan area. In the 1980’s, we introduced the very first product of our own label: a black turtle-neck that in those days was combined with Levi’s 501 jeans. There was so much demand for black turtle-necks, we could not find enough vintage ones. We have always been passionate about developing clothing that makes people happy. Vintage-inspired clothing, we designed the prints ourselves, with bright colours and a good fit. In the 1990’s, we moved our Exota shop to Hartenstraat in the 9-Streets area in the Amsterdam shopping district, and we are still there today. For many years now we are working with lots of nice boutiques; our products are available in the most beautiful shops across Europe. We are very pleased with our partners, and also with the various manufacturers who make our products. We are committed to provide maximum service for our customers and that’s what we and our team get up for every day!”
dievca has to ask…..does anyone have these BDSM emojis on their phone?
Can you explain to her when you would use the “Boom” emoji?
She would use “Wow” and “Thank You”.
Maybe Master would use the Collar.
click HERE to down load the emojis from CNET
A quick note: if that set doesn’t work, these more “sexy”/prettier pieces are available, too. Here’s a small selection: