Unicorn Hot Pants

by | Convenience (↓) | Identity (↑) | 3 comments | 1 question

Size 12 Adult Metallic Lycra Hot Pants with Rainbow and Unicorn design. Availiable at 'Skates' Cowick Street Exeter

Where and how is it used?

They can be worn by anyone who enjoys Roller Skating or wearing Hot Pants

What did you or someone else pay for it?


Why do you want to add it to the museum?

The design is based on the personality of the SWAT Roller Derby team member 'Flash Bo Dash' they are some of our best selling items

How was it made?

Is made in a factory

Is farmed

Is mass-produced

Is produced by local cottage industry

Is made to particular specifications

Is craft / hand-made

Is foraged

Is found

Is colonised

Is a service

Materials & Making

Who made or produced your commodity?

hand made by 'Dude where's my pants'

Who was paid to make it?

staff at 'Dude wheres my pants'

What skills does it take to make it?

needlework, fashion design, textiles

Where was it made?


What does it cost to make it?

Not answered yet

What is it made from?

1. Lycra:

Buying & Owning

Who decides how much it costs?

Not answered yet

Who or what assesses its quality?

Not answered yet

Where is it sold?

Skates shop cowick street Exeter

Who or what sells it?

Skates shop cowick street

How did this thing arrive from where it was made to where you got it?

Not answered yet

Where is it used?

Roller Derby

Where is it kept?

in the shop, in someone's house,

How and by whom is it cared for?

the person who wears them

How long will it last?

Not answered yet

Where will it go when it's finished with?

Not answered yet

What is it worth?

Not answered yet

How do you and others value this commodity?

See the values contributed by visitors and those of the donor. And add your own values to this commodity.

Total times valued4
Positive (↑)Identity
Negative (↓)Convenience
Overall Positive526
Overall Negative-68
Controversy61.5 (0 = most controversial)

What do these numbers mean?

This data that we have collected over time in our database means nothing without interpretation. A relational database, which we are using here, is technology that enables designers of websites and software to compare, contrast, interrogate and infer relations within data. The act of designing a database is not objective but driven by the agency of its creators and owners.

Within the MoCC Collection data is used to help think through the relations between values, commodities and data. Can we describe our values using sliders and numbers? How do we infer meaning such as controversy from data?

Below is a brief explanation of the some calculations and how these help make decisions about what is shown on the site.

  • Controversy Score:
    (Total Positive Values) + (Total Negative Values)

    The closer the value is to zero the more controversial it is in relation to other commodities. Used to infer that values associated with one commodity divide opinion more than another.

  • Average Value Score (used in the sliders):
    (Total Positive for Value + Total Negative for Value) ÷ Total Times Valued

    Used to infer a collective value associated with a commodity.

How do you value this commodity?

To add your own values click VALUE THIS COMMODITY and move the sliders left and right to add your own values - then click SUBMIT
show donor's original values
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Questions and answers

Help to reveal unknown quantities, properties and uses of this commodity by answering this MoCC curator's questions.

Question: What would be your own personal Hot Pant design?


Hello my name is Lizzie, I’m your commodity consultant for today.

Wow, these hot pants are the pinnacle of all a good pair of hot pants should be.

I've been doing some research and this is what I've found,

Firstly, I've found a song called I Won't Take A Chance/ She Wore The Coolest Hot Pants by Billy Vance you should check out next time you wear your hot pants, here is the link -http://www.45cat.com/record/452585452586

I'm not sure your rainbow unicorn hot pants can be beaten however, I might design mine to be knitted, they might keep me warmer! I think probably purple with neon yellow trim and maybe some bells, to add to the groove. I have found a link to a vintage 70s knit your own hot pants pattern if you fancy giving it ago? Here is the link - https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/207869339020707381/

Also your hot pants look vintage, are they? here's a link to check out some 1960s and 1970s hot pants photographs if you are interested -http://www.vintag.es/2014/09/hotpants-of-1960s-70s.html

On a more general note I've found out that most 1970s hot pants were made of polyester (http://www.retrowaste.com/1970s/fashion-in-the-1970s/). Here is a bit more information about the history of polyester if you are interested - http://www.whatispolyester.com/history.html and http://www.madehow.com/Volume-2/Polyester.html

Your rainbow unicorn hot pants have really got me intrigued,
Do you know who made these? Did you make them?
What material are they?
I feel they must have some good stories to tell,

Thank you for your excellent question,


by MoCCconsultantLizzie on May 21st at 9:57am


Do you have questions about how this commodity is valued? Or want to talk about your own values in relation to it? Share your comments.

Do these hot pants give you super powers if you wear them?

by jakeelwes on August 25th at 10:36am

Is Lycra sweaty & is it bad for the environment?

by jakeelwes on August 25th at 10:37am

How can I get my hair to look as good as that unicorn's?!

by LizzieH on August 31st at 9:09pm

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