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More Than Meets The Eye

Yesterday's item noting this seasons hot prom dress piqued readers interest. One Wizbang reader went the extra mile and checked out the manufacturer's prom dress line and found that the Post got the story backward - literally.

So was The New York Post trying to titillate readers? You be the judge:

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New York Post version                Manufacturer version

Update: The Post responds. I've been contacted by the photo editors on the story who have assured me that the model was NOT wearing the dress backward. From the Impression Bridal's web site (dresses on page 7), this photo is closest to the Post version. The disappearance of the fabric on the Post model may just be because the model in the black dress is wearing a bigger size.

In the comment section Windstar says Katie Couric on Today interviewed the designer who said sales took off once a runway model wore the dress backward.

Much clearer now, isn't it?

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Comments (58)

Uh huh huh huh...Y... (Below threshold)
LJD:

Uh huh huh huh...

You said "titillate"

Uh huh huh huh huh.....

Actually, if you look at bo... (Below threshold)
Steve L.:

Actually, if you look at both pictures, it is worn correctly. The Post picture is a little misleading in two ways.

1. Since the picture is taken from straight on, it hides the fact that the dress curves under the girl's arms.

2. The girl in the Post picture has adjusted her dress to show more cleavage. There is another picture on the vendor's website (the small picture with the two girls) that seems to show more cleavage as well. It is shot from the side, so the dress side is more apparent.

Its still a pretty bad dres... (Below threshold)

Its still a pretty bad dress for teenagers to wear.

that is a heck of a lot of skin.

I can say categorically tha... (Below threshold)
JoeB:

I can say categorically that NONE of my prom dates ever looked like that. With the dress frontwards or backwards.

Incorrect! The red dress i... (Below threshold)
M. Kyle:

Incorrect! The red dress in on Backwards!

Turns out during a fashion show, it was worn incorrectly, but then sales shot thru the roof!

So, now the company is marketing it both ways.

I don't know if M. Kyle<... (Below threshold)

I don't know if M. Kyle was being facetious or not, but if he wasn't, I certainly believe it.

M. Kyle,I disagree w... (Below threshold)
Steve L.:

M. Kyle,
I disagree with you. Once I heard that it might be a hoax, I looked at many pictures of it. The design is such that anyone putting it on backwards would know immediately.

Sorry, you are wrong unless you can provide substantiated evidence of what you claim.

It's easy to just say "you'... (Below threshold)
Olaf L. Prat:

It's easy to just say "you're wrong" and try to get someone to prove a point. But why should they have to prove it when you haven't shown anything substantial either. Making claims and telling someone they're wrong is easy.

Doesn't matter, the broad i... (Below threshold)
HellGremlin:

Doesn't matter, the broad in the red is a hottie. I'd gladly cover her with my pearly man-spackle.

It's on backwards, if you l... (Below threshold)
any-moose:

It's on backwards, if you look really closely at the.... *droool* ... where was I?

Oh yeah, if you look at the way the front curves down on the sides and the width of the opening in the front you can distinguish between front and back. Those of you saying it's on correctly couldn't find the front of a VW bug.

People, it was the NEW YORK... (Below threshold)
Brooklyn:

People, it was the NEW YORK POST! Think about it... the photographer probably had the model put the dress on backwards ON PURPOSE. The Post is not above such things.

And yes, the red dress is on backwards... note how the spangles stop short of the bottom hem of the cups on the front of the dress, but go edge-to-edge on the back...

It looks like it was correc... (Below threshold)
David B:

It looks like it was correct to me. If you look at the part right above the waist, where it crosses, you can see that in the back shot it doesn't cross at all until the very end. The two front shots are the same.

If any of you had watched K... (Below threshold)
Windstar:

If any of you had watched Katie Couric on NBC this morning you would know that M.Kyle is exactly right. Katie interviewed the designer of the dress. He explicitly explained how a model at one of the fashion shows accidentally put the dress on backwards and wore it down the runway like that. Immediately afterwards, sales for the dress skyrocketed. It is now one of his top ten selling dresses. BTW, Katie was her usual annoying self and practically verbally attacked the guy for promoting and selling the dress even though it is so popular.

People, aren't we missing s... (Below threshold)
C K:

People, aren't we missing something far more important? Regardless if it's on right or not, these are teenage girls dressing like this. I mean come on, don't any of you see something wrong with this? What if your daughter wanted to wear a dress like that? And this is coming from a 19 year old guy, not some mid-40's prude. I mean, I've got nothing wrong with WOMEN showing skin, but these are still underage girls...

And if it wasn't Statutory Rape, I'd hit it.

>Agreed.A... (Below threshold)
Zer0.MediA:

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Agreed.

And the thing is backwards, otherwise I suspect that they would have shown a back view in the post as well.

"Doesn't matter, the broad ... (Below threshold)
Zer0.MediA:

"Doesn't matter, the broad in the red is a hottie. I'd gladly cover her with my pearly man-spackle."

Agreed.

And the thing is backwards, otherwise I suspect that they would have shown a back view in the post as well.

Sorry for the double post.

EggZACKly, C K.... (Below threshold)
A Recovering Liberal:

EggZACKly, C K.

"People, aren't we missing ... (Below threshold)
Olden Dazed:

"People, aren't we missing something far more important? Regardless if it's on right or not, these are teenage girls dressing like this. I mean come on, don't any of you see something wrong with this? What if your daughter wanted to wear a dress like that? And this is coming from a 19 year old guy, not some mid-40's prude. I mean, I've got nothing wrong with WOMEN showing skin, but these are still underage girls..."

And how about the scandalously short skirts cheerleaders wear? How dare those underage girls show their legs? Sometimes, you can even see their underpants. I mean, you can't even have sex with them! They should be covered head to toe in heavy cloth to stop boys and men from thinking about things that might be immoral or illegal.

In my day, cheerleader skirts went down to mid-calf, and that was still racy enough to cause all us boys to walk around with semi-chubbies all day.

Mmmmm. Here's to the gold old days, and the relief of rubbing one out in the bathroom after school.

I believe the red version t... (Below threshold)
LUD:

I believe the red version to be backwards. Look at the front of the black dress. Turn it around and it has to look pretty weird with the cups hanging empty in the back. Probably why there is no "back view" offered in the Post's photo. Also demonstrates that they knew the red dress was backwards.

What I wouldn't give to kno... (Below threshold)
argyle64:

What I wouldn't give to know who that model in the red is. Just to know her name to look up more pics of her in the internet. She is downright gorgeous.

Kevin after looking at the ... (Below threshold)
Paul:

Kevin after looking at the evidence and reading all the comments, I've reached a verdict.

We don't have enough evidence to reach a conclusion.

Please contact the photoeditor at the Post and tell him we need something about 8 x 10 and about 300dpi.

Then when we blow it up to -er life sized, we can tell for sure.

Paul

Oh- And tell him that other shots of said babe in Red dress would only help his case.

Better still, Paul, an in-p... (Below threshold)

Better still, Paul, an in-person viewing of the model in the red dress. A thorough examination of the evidence in person is the only way to resolve this.

It's just like the story of the designer who came up with a dress made out of wood. Someone who bought the dress called and complained because hers had a knothole.

"Well," said the designer, "I'll have to look into that."

that bitch is hot. who give... (Below threshold)
snudco:

that bitch is hot. who gives a shit if the dress is backwards?

I' am 19 and there is no wa... (Below threshold)
ice:

I' am 19 and there is no way i would have gone to prom with my date if she had that dress on. I wanted my date to look both classy and sexy (witch she did) not like a whore. besides I think that classy is sexy. partially when you get the dress off.

But I would not have a problem hitting that

Yes, I'd let my daughter wh... (Below threshold)

Yes, I'd let my daughter where it. Maybe a young man might think she is beautiful. Other people can hide their body and their daughter's with head scarfs and full goans, with their sick, religious hatred of the body.

I believe it is common prac... (Below threshold)
julie:

I believe it is common practise for the school administration to check prom dresses these days before they are allowed in.

Julie, I remember reading s... (Below threshold)

Julie, I remember reading somewhere about a school that actually had a faculty (female teacher, of course) member that actually flipped up the girls dresses and checked their underwear. Any girl caught wearing butt-floss would be barred from entering the dance.

Henry: I remember the inci... (Below threshold)
julie:

Henry: I remember the incident and there were complaints. I don't know what the ultimate outcome was. However, just recently, I heard or read about female staff doing the same type of checking at a different school.

the girl in red gave me an ... (Below threshold)
Nate:

the girl in red gave me an erection

Hi everyone, speaking as a ... (Below threshold)
A.M.:

Hi everyone, speaking as a person who actually wore the dress in the picture, it is worn the right way. If it was worn on backwards, then it would not fit right at all. The reason why the comparison to other pictures is different, because the company has different styles, plus it also depends what size the model is and her figure.

A.M.: 1. Did you ... (Below threshold)
julie:

A.M.:

1. Did you feel comfortable or too self-conscious in the dress?
2. How did you keep the straps from moving and uncovering your breasts?
3. Could you sit in it with out the straps becoming slack and exposing your breasts?

TIA

Manufacturer + New York Pos... (Below threshold)

Manufacturer + New York Post + Collusion = untold $$$$ worth of free publicity for both. ;)

Clearly the dress is on sid... (Below threshold)
winker:

Clearly the dress is on sideways. It's the model who is reverse inverted. I'd do her in Europe, probly legal there

OMG That's my sister.. Momm... (Below threshold)
joe black:

OMG That's my sister.. Momma's not gonna be happy

Chacko, you better not tell... (Below threshold)
lola:

Chacko, you better not tell momma.. I got paid 25 dollars for doing this. If she finds out, no more nookie for you..

I won't tell.. I just dont ... (Below threshold)
joe black:

I won't tell.. I just dont wants other men to see my sisters boobies.. Tell ya what.. give me 5 bucks and I'll keeps the secret..

Just for laughs, a couple m... (Below threshold)
Jim Bennett:

Just for laughs, a couple more links (Google is your friend!):

tee bee, if you want that dress for even less than before, try the Modern Bridal Shop.

And to muddy the waters a little further about how it's being worn, the actual manufacturer's page, where the dress is worn by two different models, in two different ways. The one on the left looks more like the NY Post model (the dress, that is). Though not that much, if you take my meaning.

I wonder if -- is there a dressmaker in the house -- if taking a few stitches in the back of the straps could narrow them so that the front straps would seem as narrow as the back ones?

I can't believe you guys ar... (Below threshold)
A.M.:

I can't believe you guys are making such a big deal of a picture.

Darn it, I was all set to m... (Below threshold)

Darn it, I was all set to make a snickery off color remark when the actual model posts and makes me feel all ashamed. Sorry, Ma'am.

Though that 300dpi scan would certainly help clear up any lingering questions...

Don't be looking at my sist... (Below threshold)
joe black:

Don't be looking at my sisters boobies, unless you pay me 5 bucks... I do take paypal too.

LOLA! How DARE you, gurl! I... (Below threshold)
Lolita:

LOLA! How DARE you, gurl! I've done slaved my ass over a hot grill at Mac's to give you more sanse than that! I'll be gol'danged if yer gonna flash your boobies like that! And, now, you done got yer brother all upset!

that's IT! That dayam comup... (Below threshold)
Lolita:

that's IT! That dayam comupter is comin' outta yer room! And, dammit, give Daddy back his outfit!

Momma.. I just wanted to sa... (Below threshold)
joe black:

Momma.. I just wanted to say.. this was lola idear. I was just kidding about not telling you and I was just kidding about taking money for men to see her boobies.

I'm sorry, I know she was raised better then this.
I'll be home in 2 hours to discuss this matter.

Again, I'm sorry for not telling you what lola's been up to..

and, Joe...I'll deal with y... (Below threshold)
Lolita:

and, Joe...I'll deal with yer lies when you get home, boy!

momma I'm sorry. I also wan... (Below threshold)
joe black:

momma I'm sorry. I also wanted you to know that me and josh are moving in together. He told me he loved me and want me to have his kids. I don't think he knows I cant have kids though, since I'm a man and all.

Anyway, I wont want to get hit with that wooden spoon so I wonts be coming home tonight.

With love

Chacko

PS, think I could borrow a dress for my weeding

Chacko, I didn't know you w... (Below threshold)
Josh:

Chacko, I didn't know you were a man and I sure didn't know you were two timing me with lola.

That's it.. We are finished.

PS, you can still come over tonight

HOly KEY-RYE-ST! My Chako i... (Below threshold)
Lolita:

HOly KEY-RYE-ST! My Chako is wacko and my gurls showin her boobies...it's too much for a Momma to bear! And, dammit, there will be NO BUTT BABIES in this dayam house. You tell Josh that Momma AIN"T happy!

I didn't mean for all this ... (Below threshold)
lola:

I didn't mean for all this drama..

Momma I'm sorry, I'll give you the 25 bucks so you can make the trailer payment.

Chacko, I hate you.

Josh, Since you've been two timing me with Chacko, we are done.

PS, Josh, if chacko doesn't come over tonight, can I?

Darn. That was julie who wa... (Below threshold)
Jim Bennett:

Darn. That was julie who was interested in the price of the dress, not tee bee. Sorry!

lmao @ the "hick" family re... (Below threshold)

lmao @ the "hick" family reunion here @ wizbang comments

The question is, who gives ... (Below threshold)

The question is, who gives a momentary shit?

You can't be very well used... (Below threshold)
Norviking:

You can't be very well used to pretty girls over there if you think the girl in the red dress is hot! I would call her average looking, but that's me.

why are men so desperate? i... (Below threshold)
Kacey:

why are men so desperate? if they see a girl with a low cut top they get all hrony for no reason. let's remember boys that a lady's breats is not for pleasure it's for the baby to suck on. girls these days can't walk out with a low cut top without guys making a scene. just give it up man and go and suck on your mama's tits like you used to. i'm sure you guys gained alot of pleasure so why give it up?

why are men so desperate... (Below threshold)
Ross:

why are men so desperate?
Duh, because we are men, it is our nature.

if they see a girl with a low cut top they get all hrony for no reason.
You just mentioned the reason and then you say there is no reason.

let's remember boys that a lady's breats is not for pleasure it's for the baby to suck on.
Yeah, that too.

girls these days can't walk out with a low cut top without guys making a scene.
Actually, it is the girl wearing the low cut top that is making the scene. The guys are just enjoying the view.

just give it up man and go and suck on your mama's tits like you used to. i'm sure you guys gained alot of pleasure so why give it up?
You clearly have no idea of what is right and what is wrong. Incest is not considered appropriate behavior so just because you engage in it is no reason so suggest others should do so.

Y'know, if it were a v-neck... (Below threshold)

Y'know, if it were a v-neck dress with the strappies in the back it wouldn't be too bad.
The second, not the first.

"if they see a girl with a ... (Below threshold)
Adrian:

"if they see a girl with a low cut top they get all hrony for no reason."

Actually that's not true. Men are wired to find breasts sexually stimulating as the shape cleavage is designed to emulate a lady's behind, which of course we're wired to find attractive for copulation and pro-creation. And it's been this way for a good million years or so.


The shape of a cleavage is ... (Below threshold)
JRE:

The shape of a cleavage is to emmulate a lady's behind? And that is to make us attractive for procreation?

Uhmmm...I don't know about you, but I wasn't born from anal sex!! If a cleavage emmulates a lady's behind then how does that promote procreation?

Not that there is anything wrong with anal sex. Nothing at all.

But I've said too much already I suspect.

Wow. I love this dress! It'... (Below threshold)
Brittnay:

Wow. I love this dress! It's so cute. I ordered it today for my prom! My mom thinks its cute also! I got the red one!




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