Robert Basler, Oddly Enough blog, Reuters (November 29 2010)
"I can't put my finger on it, Lamar, but there's something strange about the models we're using for this fashion show. They're not the usual girls, are they?
"No Boss, you said we had to save some money, and I had a brilliant idea. You're gonna love this one.
"Oh Lord, another one of your brilliant ideas, Lamar? What did you do this time?
"I went over to a hospital early this morning and picked up some women who were scheduled for brain surgery. They've already been prepped, and they're partially anesthetized already!..."
Turns out, these are "...creations by Georgian designer George Shaghashvili during Tbilisi Fashion Week, November 23, 2010." Those models, with drawings of a brain plastered on the sides of their heads, reminds me of - I think it was a scene in Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956).
They just don't make movies like that any more. Which isn't quite true, and is another topic.
I mean to say: brain-sucking aliens who are really just misunderstood - no, the Lemming is not going to wander off-topic.
The 'brain surgery' photos were odd - nothing unusual in the "Oddly Enough" blog - but this time I decided to see if this improbable pastiche of drawings stuck on people's heads actually came from a fashion show somewhere.
Looks like it did. Photos showed up in a fashion blog called, straightforwardly enough, Fashion Blog. Not the same set used by Oddly Enough, either.
For reasons which puzzle the Lemming, someone deliberately made those side-view drawings of the human brain, plastered them on models who seem resigned to their fate, and let the result be photographed.
The models I can understand: they're presumably being paid to look like that. Although the one who doesn't look dead may be thinking, "not nearly enough."
Maybe it's art.
Or a really relevant message. Like "I get paid to plaster photocopies on peoples' heads - and I still get taken seriously?!"
Or maybe the space aliens from Earth vs. the Flying Saucers are back - and this is their way of saying "we're baaack!"
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