If you were around in the day of ABBA, you’ll know that their costuming was atrocious. Satin, silk, sequins, hot pats, stupid overall thingies, dumb shoes. But it turns out there was a real, solid financial reason behind their look.
Under Swedish tax law, performers could deduct the cost of their costuming only if the clothes were so goofy that no one in their right mind would ever wear them in a normal public situation. And to make sure the taxman wouldn’t come knocking, ABBA made sure that all their stage gear was completely bonkers.
Ah. It all makes sense now, doesn’t it?
(Via The Guardian)