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Claim: Photographs show Japanese imitation see-through skirts.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2003]
Origins: Japan has indeed been home to some rather unusual recent fashion items, such as the infamous "breast scarves" (actually just part of an artistic exhibition and not a widely-sold product):
But what about this latest alleged Japanese fashion trend, skirts with screened-on images of panties which create the illusion of "see-through" clothing (thereby fulfilling the fantasy of all the disappointed boys who were ever duped into ordering X-Ray Specs through comic book ads)? Even if such a product did exist, pictures like the ones shown above would have to be very carefully posed in order to get the screened-on panties to line up perfectly with the actual positioning of the skirt-wearers' derrieres and legs.
Alas, these images were simply digital fabrications to which someone attached a fanciful explanation. As the
"They (the pictures) are quite common in Japan. There are a lot of cheap porno magazines that use them," Kjeld Duits, 43, says in an interview from Ashia, near Osaka, Japan, where he works as a journalist and runs a street fashion/trend Web site called japanesestreets.com.Last updated: 20 September 2006
"The only time you see these scenes are in photographs in porno magazines. There's nothing like this in the street," Duits says.
The magazines use a computer graphics program to combine the image of a skirted woman with another wearing just underwear. The end result looks as if the skirt is see-through.
According to Duits, the magazines will usually claim to have taken the pictures using a special camera lens that allows them to shoot through clothes.
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