Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2003]
Origins: In recent years Japan has produced some rather unusual fashion items that have been objects of fascination throughout the western world, such as the infamous "breast scarves" that were given wide coverage by English-language news outlets (although the scarves were actually just part of an artistic exhibition and not a widely-sold consumer product):
But what about the alleged "current [fashion] rage in Japan" depicted above, skirts supposedly displaying 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
Alas, these images were simply digital fabrications to which someone attached a fanciful explanation. As the
"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.
Last updated: 25 March 2014
Campbell, Jennifer. "Internet Detectives See Through Skirt Hoax." The Ottawa Citizen. 26 February 2003. McCabe-Lokos, Nick. "Printed Panty Skirts Revealed As a Hoax." The Toronto Star. 27 February 2003.