Futuristic Fashions that Never Came to Fruition

Bosom Battery?
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Here's American fashion designer Oleg Cassini's 1960s predictions for what fashionable garb might consist of in the year 2,000. The outfit's leotard would feature wires encircling the bosoms and a radiotelephone attached to the belt buckle, wired to earphones and antenna in the hood.

"The suit will be temperature controlled," Cassini explained. "There is a battery under the bosom which controls the warmth needed."

I'll leave you to wonder why bosom batteries never took off.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.