Fake See-Through Skirts - Analysis
I don't buy it, and not just because I couldn't find a single legitimate press report to back up the claim. These images have been Photoshopped.
For starters, in every one of the photos the contours of the "imitation" legs and panties match the poses of the models exactly, which shouldn't be the case if they're printed on the surfaces of the skirts. What we see instead are passable representations of what it might look like if the clothing were really transparent.
Elements of the superimposed
panty image can be seen cutting
across the straps of the purse
Japanese fashion designers do have a reputation for cutting-edge ideas even wacky ones, at times but ersatz see-through clothing isn't one of them. Yet.
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Fashion Hoax Fools People Worldwide
From Japanese Streets, an ezine devoted to street fashions in Japan: "Thousands of people worldwide are being fooled by a clever fashion hoax which plays on people's secret desires...." (22 Feb. 2003)
Queensland Tabloid Bites on Hoax
I've been asked whether an article headlined "A Cheeky Skirt?" which ran in the Feb. 16, 2003 edition of The Sunday Mirror authenticates this tall tale and the answer is no, it does not. Evidently the Mirror copped the story (and one of the photos) from the viral email, which had already been circulating for several days at that point. All's fair in love, war and tabloid journalism! (16 Feb. 2003)
Last updated: 02/24/03