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"...science fiction is sort of like a sociological genome. It's a huge range of possible futures, most of them useless; some vital. You never really know in advance."
- Peter Watts

Personalized Fashion Display  
  A set of displays that show you dressed in different uniforms.  

How to persuade new recruits? Try showing them what they would look like as they rose through the ranks.

"...Why look like that when you can look like this?

Bill's eyes followed the thick finger as it pointed to the colour plate in the book where a miracle of misapplied engineering caused his own face to appear on the illustrated figures dressed in trooper red. The sergeant flipped the pages, and on each page the uniform was a little more gaudy, the rank higher. The last one was that of a grand admiral, and Bill blinked at his own face under the plumed helmet, now with a touch of crow's feet around the eyes and sporting a handsome grey-shot mustache, but still undeniably his own.

From Bill the Galactic Hero, by Harry Harrison.
Published by Unknown in 1965
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Note that this description also includes modifying the facial image to include predicted aging.

Compare this to the kinetiscope appliance, an animated 'fashion-plate' from H.G. Wells' 1899 classic When the Sleeper Wakes.

The phrase 'fashion-plate' was a photographic plate or other illustration showing clothing; the phrase was later used to describe a person who dressed ostentatiously - like someone in a picture in a magazine.

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