I happen to read a lot about 'wardrobe' malfunction and showing some fault in the dress they wear. Why is it called a 'wardrobe' malfunction, as though it happens only due to some messing up in the wardrobe? There must be a history behind this phrasing.
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As used in the phrase wardrobe malfunction, wardrobe refers not to a cabinet, but instead to either the wardrobe department or to articles of clothing. It seems likely that Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson [see below] wanted an official-sounding phrase that depersonalizes the incident and (in part) shifts the blame from Timberlake and Jackson to the people who dressed Jackson, or to the dress itself.