A few hundred years from now, there’s no doubt that people will look back on our current fashion trends with disdain. After all, no style is truly timeless – just ask anyone who had a mullet. Still, despite the horrors of 1970s fashion, the past few decades are still nowhere near some of the weirdest fashion trends that have emerged through the ages – from flammable dresses to facial tattoos.
20. Elongated skulls
Artificial cranial deformation, to give it its technical term, has been practiced for longer than humans have been writing things down. Indeed, it’s thought to have originated as far back as 8000 BC, across dozens of cultures, including the Maya, Inca and tribes in Africa. The process, which involved applying force to the skull, was usually performed during infancy to signify social status.
19. Smile tattoos
If you’d ever met a woman of the Ainu people in the 19th century, undoubtedly the first thing you’d have been struck by were the large, black smile tattoos that surrounded her lips. Thought to ward off evil spirits and ensure her place in the afterlife, the tattoos were done over the course of a decade, usually from about age five to 15.