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The Electric Horseman Introduces The Lightbulb Suit To America

The Electric Horseman is a minor 1979 Robert Redford movie directed by Sydney Pollack. It’s not the best movie in the world, but it did feature Redford in a light-up cowboy outfit.

Yep, on his quest to release his injured horse into a remote western canyon, he dons a suit covered in lightbulbs while in Vegas. It’s only natural. And in my opinion, it’s what caused Jane Fonda’s character to fall in love with him.

It’s 30 years later and the fashion still hasn’t caught on. It’s a shame, really. When will we wake up and realise that we have so much potential if only we’d allow ourselves to realise it with tacky, light-up clothing?

Gizmodo ’79 is a week-long celebration of gadgets and geekdom 30 years ago, as the analogue age gave way to the digital, and most of our favourite toys were just being born.