'I blew out my flip flop, stepped on a pop top; cut my heel, had to cruise on back home'. - Jimmy Buffet, Margaritaville
Immortalized in song, the 1970s old aluminum pop-top came completely off cans, littered beaches all over the world and cut a lot of peoples' feet. But for those of us old enough to remember, you could make a lot of ridiculous things with these old style pop tops.
The old school pop top opened up a whole world of funky fashion horizons for teenagers growing up back then. It was easy to fold one on top of the other to create a sparkly door curtain, a groovy room divider, or some a silver maxi dress.
On our blog we often pay homage to eclectic fashion designers who inspire us like Paco Rabanne, the late great Chris March, or pioneering handbag designers. Today we pay homage to our funky 1970s forefathers and mothers and to the man (the legend!) who literally wrote the book on pop topping. This man went by the name of the Pop-Top Terp. His creations are a precursor to our own metallic clothing.
Photos courtesy of Pop Topping! By Pop-Top Terp and Kenneth Patton, ©1975, Chilton Book Company, Radnor, PA. The book is out of print but if you must have it, copies can still be found on Amazon.