I met someone this week who’s name is Qiana.
My mind immediately flashed back to the 70s, DISCO, platform shoes, mirror balls, smoky clubs, and loud silky shirts.
It was a wonderful trip down memory lane.
But, I was amazed that someone would name a child Qiana.
Qiana is a fabric.
What’s her brother’s name? Cotton?
It is a silky nylon fiber developed in 1962 at the DuPont Experimental Station by a party hound named Stanley Brooke Speck.
The fiber was christened Qiana – no one will say why – and introduced in 1968.
Initially intended for high-end fashions – the designers had a hissy fit – it became a popular material in the 1970s for faux-silk men’s shirts.
gawdaful bold patterns. The shirts were generally cut tight and included wide collars to fit over the collars of the incredibly tacky double-knit suits generally worn to discos.
Nik-Nik was a manufacturer of many of the silky shirts, and I had a thousand of them.
Gosh I miss Disco!
My favorite had Hawai’ian Girls on it – topless!
It was a big hit at work.
Again, I miss the 70s!
The shirts were HUGE, and anybody who was anybody and cared about partying had a few.
In retrospect, they were hot, heavy and breathed not at all.
But, they were fun, faddish, and a must have for the Disco Dude!
Like I said, I had a thousand of them, fortunately, not one picture was taken!