Category: mask fashion

Entering a new world when CDC recommended wearing a mask outside home

Engin_Akyurt / Pixabay Never would I have imagined when thinking about this blog that I would write a headline that said that CDC recommended wearing a mask outside our homes. This of course is not something I celebrate—it is a sign of how serious this pandemic is, an indicator of how many lives have been…



The coronavirus mask is a new–and alarming–fashion trend

geralt / Pixabay The coronavirus mask is something that no one wants to have to wear. A single death from a virus is tragic. A virus that has a reported death rate of 2%–roughly the same mortality rate as the 1918 flu pandemic that killed between 40 and 100 million people–is something to take seriously….




The development of mask fashion part III: Airpocalypse and the 21st century

The years since 2000 have dealt with an increasing number of efforts to make masks fashionable. While a rather gradual effort, 21st century mask fashion development was arguably accelerated by three different events—the 2002-03 SARS epidemic, the 2009-10 H1N1 flu pandemic, and severe air pollution in China that began to hit the news more and…



The development of mask fashion, part II: Japan

No discussion of mask fashion is possible without talking about Japan. Japan has a long history of mask wearing that is largely unique to the country. People worldwide wore face masks during the 1918-19 influenza pandemic. They were also used widely in Japan in Tokyo and Yokohama during the aftermath of the Great Kanto Earthquake of…



The development of mask fashion Part I: The 20th century

At what point did mask manufacturers begin seriously thinking about masks as a utilitarian fashion accessory? It’s not clear. But it is clear that the development of mask fashion has accelerated throughout the decades. While originally for industrial and medical purposes, protective masks seem to have been available to the American consumer throughout most of…




why i’m a mask fashionista

I might as well say it out loud. I’m a Mask Fashionista and I’m proud. Mask fashion fascinates me and I wish to promote it and support others Mask Fashionistas. I might not consider the Urban Dictionary to be gospel by any stretch of the imagination, but I actually like their top definition for fashionista:…