"The fashionable clothing label … kicked off the revival last June …,
putting its models in Miranda-inspired swimsuits and marching them
through a gantlet
of 50 tons of bananas," writes Mac Margolis in Newsweek International
(January 2006) of a fabulously kitschy gala commemoration for the late
Brazilian singer and actress Carmen Miranda. Since we borrowed kitsch
from German in the 1920s, it has been our word for things in the realm
of popular culture that
dangle, like car mirror dice, precariously close
to tackiness. But although things that can be described with kitsch
and the related adjective kitschy
are clearly not fine art, they may appeal to certain tastes—some folks
delight in velvet paintings, plastic flamingos, dashboard hula dancers,
and Carmen Miranda revivals!
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