Olympic-Class Fauxleros!

by Erin on July 30, 2008

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Vireya sent this link to me, from the opening of the Olympic Village … I really like the "fauxlero power!" hand gestures. Although I'm not exactly sure if these are fauxleros, or just extremely vestigial boleros. These may be the long-disputed missing link between the fauxlero and the bolero …

Check out picture #5 in the series, too, to see the Olympic-rings hairstyles in closeup.

Also: Sheila (of Out of the Ashes Collectibles) is having a vacation sale: she's on vacation until late August (but with a quick trip home to mail orders about about August 7 or 8) and she is offering 15% off all orders. So if you don't mind waiting until 8/7 or 8/8 or after that the first of September it's a good savings!

And yes, I'm still in Japan, and yes, I bought a lot of fabric in Tokyo … and if you want to know what brought me to Japan, it was giving this talk:

Yes, that first slide is blank. I should probably edit it to have my name or something on it, shouldn't I?

edited to add: Vireya found another photo, this one full-length:

Olympics 2008 fauxleros

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

Carol July 30, 2008 at 5:26 pm

I bought a green knit shirt with a fauxlero yesterday at Dillards. I might not have given it a chance, if it had not been for this site. It’s awesome. Dressy like wearing a jacket, without the extra layers!


Vireya July 30, 2008 at 6:06 pm

That was an interesting presentation, Erin; very thought-provoking. (Just had to use a cheap semi-colon!) And it was great to hear the voice behind this blog.


Marjie July 30, 2008 at 6:06 pm

I hope you’re enjoying your fabric finding opportunities!


Jean July 30, 2008 at 7:07 pm

Excellent talk… I give it *****’s Do I get to pay less if I spell a word wrong? That’s the only way I would be able to afford writing at all.


Nadine July 30, 2008 at 7:18 pm

Yeah, I think those are real fauxleros. Trueleros! No, wait, what was it? Oh right, boleros . .


Rachel July 30, 2008 at 8:18 pm

Awesome! Love the fauxleros…and I’m so happy the 50s are coming back style wise. And what a lovely reading voice.


Star July 30, 2008 at 8:46 pm

My money’s on fauxleros. Three girls doing the “Vive le Fauxlero” hand salute, and nary a gap or edge out of place? No awkward slippage, nobody even slightly askew? Fauxlero power, my friends!


Little Hunting Creek July 30, 2008 at 9:08 pm

No, could it be? Terrorist Fist Fauxlero salutes! They are everywhere! oh nooooooooooooooo!


Renee July 30, 2008 at 9:13 pm

Thanks Erin for letting us in on the presentation. Since I don’t see faraway traveling in the forseeable future, thanks also for letting me live vicariously – shopping for fabric in Japan!


Ellie Finlay July 30, 2008 at 10:53 pm

Oh, I LOVE your talk. Just amazing. I hope it has a wide hearing/viewing.Very, very thought provoking.


belphebe July 30, 2008 at 11:00 pm

I think those are real boleros. If you look at the two center girls, you can just make out the two layers of cloth under their arms: shirt/top and bolero.Thanks for sharing your speech, Erin. That was interesting.


Anonymous July 30, 2008 at 11:29 pm

listening to your talk and watching your slideshow a question occurs to me.is the ‘onesie’ the ‘ur-fauxlero’?sincerely,mary


Lisa @ the Vintage Fashion Library July 31, 2008 at 12:09 am

Maybe Project Runway can work in a fauxlero challenge next season.Love those Olympic rings ringlets.


marissa July 31, 2008 at 12:16 am

wow…the hair is amazing


Hyena In Petticoats July 31, 2008 at 1:06 am

Fauxleros? Brilliant. Olympic ring hairdos? Even better. Your presentation? Absolutely wonderful. I loved it. Thanks for sharing it with us – I’ve been over to D.E before, but I think it’s time for another visit. You also have a brilliant speaking voice, by the way! Leah xxx


Adrienne July 31, 2008 at 8:26 am

Thanks for the sale tip on, Out Of The Ashes. I haven’t looked there for a while. I will today.God Bless. – Adrienne


Anonymous July 31, 2008 at 9:21 am

Could someone please help me find the isummit talk abstract Erin mentions in the beginning of her presentation?I can’t seem to find it.Thanks!


engineer beth July 31, 2008 at 10:37 am

Erin,Your talk was very interesting. Where did you get your pictures?! They are incredible. How are you so good at pictures when you are a word person? Amazing that you used no words on your slides….I hope they paid you to go to JP to give the talk. I’d love a gig where I got to go fabric shopping in exchange for a 9 minute talk.The big question is…..what dress did you wear when you gave your talk?!


mimi July 31, 2008 at 11:17 am

“Fauxlero” is my fashion nightmare… for us chesty and broad types, it would just be an incredibly unflattering look. But, for those women… dainty and small boned, it is a kinda pretty, albeit flight-attendanty touch.


Chantelle July 31, 2008 at 12:21 pm

I loved your talk, Erin! Before I listened to it, I scrolled through the slides looking at the pictures; I think that you chose some beautiful pictures to illustrate your words. I did find your talk quite thought-provoking. I thought that it illustrated the pitfalls of something not being a commons very well. And yes: what *will* you be wearing while you give your talk? :)


Cookie July 31, 2008 at 1:38 pm

Perhaps we’re seeing the edges of athletic bras beneath the fauxleros? Not dresses? If they are boleros, they must be wired, because they lie suspiciously flat and smooth.


Eirlys July 31, 2008 at 3:55 pm

Enjoyed your talk very much – you’re very easy to listen to, Erin, and wonderfully educational. Food for thought indeed. Am now wondering what the world would be like if smiles and politeness were proprietorial too. Presumably politicians and flacks would own the entire futures market in the stuff? Just the idea is giving me hives.


Eirlys July 31, 2008 at 3:57 pm

PS That dystopia would totally blow my plans for retirement: to talk the hind leg off a donkey, smile benignly at all and sundry, and hold doors open for mothers struggling with screaming toddlers/wayward strollers.


Erin July 31, 2008 at 5:10 pm

Thanks so much for all the nice comments!The (admittedly very short) abstract of my presentation is here: http://icommons.pentabarf.org/programme/iSummit08/track/Keynotes/194.en.htmland I wore the Duro Jr. Dress. :-) http://www.dressaday.com/2008/07/duro-junior.html


Erin July 31, 2008 at 5:20 pm

The pictures are all from Flickr! They are licensed under the Creative Commons (as is this blog) so that they can be reused. To find CC-licensed images, use the “Advanced” search on Flickr, and scroll to the bottom to check the “Find CC-licensed content” checkbox.Each slide has the Flickr username of the person who took the picture. I highly recommend checking out those users; their work is GREAT!


Little Hunting Creek July 31, 2008 at 6:39 pm

My son says he liked that there were no words on the slides – he felt that the lack of words illustrated how precious they would be if they all had to be paid for.


caroline July 31, 2008 at 6:41 pm

Thanks for the sales tip! I look forward to a package of several cute new patterns arriving at some mystery date!


lorrwill July 31, 2008 at 8:42 pm

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!oh thank gawd I can do that! For free even!


JuliaR August 1, 2008 at 8:49 am

The French are a little bit like your non-commons world. In Quebec, they even have language police to make sure signs containing words in a language other than French are smaller than the French words. I also understand that the French have a body of people who decide what is or is not acceptable as a word in that language. Consequently, they have half the number of available words as in the English language.


Julie August 1, 2008 at 9:12 am

Note to Self: Spend the better part of the day checking out Creative Commons and Flickr… Thanks, Erin!


Cookie August 1, 2008 at 12:33 pm

I’m at work, so I can’t seem to get through the video all the way without being busted. But I love it so far! I wonder if there would be a discount for “Baby’s First Word”? Would students writing term papers get a special rate? If not, it would increase the chances even more of rich kids getting accepted to the better schools, because they could hog the vocabulary. DAMN them.


the_lazymilliner August 1, 2008 at 3:56 pm

All this talk of fauxleros has me thinking about knitting a bolero. Hah!


EmilyJ August 2, 2008 at 5:19 am

Love the talk Erin, your job is amazing!A question: Where is the line drawn between a Bolero and a Shrug?


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