20 Interesting and Fun Facts about Fashion You Didn’t Know

We all love the fashion industry and everybody knows that Coco Chanel designed the little black dress. But do you know that the clasp at the back of your bra was invented by Mark Twain who brought us Huckleberry Finn? He got a patent for it in 1871. If you are surprised by that fact, keep reading this article where experts from a well-known educational portal have gathered for you fascinating and fun facts about fashion that you probably didn’t know.

20 Interesting and Fun Facts about Fashion You Didn't Know

  1. Christian Louboutin was inspired by Andy Warhol’s drawing “Flowers” when he decided to use red soles for the shoes that he designed.
  2. In Britain, there is a tradition to wear hats on most common occasions. This weird tradition was born in 1571 when Queen Elizabeth I decreed that any woman who was older than 7 had to wear a hat on Sundays.
  3. It was Queen Victoria who wore the first white wedding dress. Earlier, the white color was traditionally associated with mourning.
  4. In ancient Greece, people used to exercise naked and the word “gymnasium” in Greek means “the place to exercise” or “the place to be naked”.
  5. Flatform sandals date back to 450 BC when they were called “Corthurnus”. At that time, Greek dramatic actors wore these 6 inches tall shoes to look higher than comic actors who used to wear socks on stage.
  6. Napoleon contributed to the development of fashion too. He disliked that his soldiers used to wipe their noses on their uniforms and ordered that brass buttons had to be sewn on the sleeves of the soldiers’ uniforms.
  7. Eyeliner became popular is the 1920s when King Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered. People become interested in Ancient Egypt and saw pictures of the young king who wore eyeliner.
  8. The average woman in the USA typically spends about $125,000 on her clothes in her lifetime. That means that she can buy more than 3,000 items.
  9. Some mannequins may look familiar because they have faces that resemble Christy Turlington who was chosen by the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1993.
  10. Men were the first to wear high heels as a form of riding footwear for extra stability. Women started to wear high heeled shoes only in the 1600s due to the masculine fashion trend. They also cut their hair, wore hats, and smoked pipes. By the end of the 1700s, high heels were associated with women
  11. When the riveted denim pants were patented in 1873, they were called “waist-high overall”. They were named “blue jeans” by the baby boomer generation after the Italian city of Genoa where sailors also wore blue denim trousers.
  12. Marie Antoinette was so modest that she bathed dressed in a flannel gown which was buttoned up to her neck.
  13. The first miniskirt was designed in 1965 by André Courreges. It ended 4 inches above the knee.
  14. Playtex, a bra maker, created spacesuits for Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong.
  15. The first fashion magazine for men appeared in France in 1678. A fashion magazine for women was published only 16 years later.
  16. Modern bra as we know it was created and patented by a New York socialite Mary Phelps in 1914. She made her bras of handkerchiefs.
  17. Bikini’s creator Louis Reard named it after the US military base where they did nuclear testing because he wanted his creation to make a big bang as an atomic bomb.
  18. Fashion companies started to hire models to showcase their latest collections only in 1853. Before that, they used miniature dolls for that purpose.
  19. People love T-shirts and purchase over 2,000,000,000 of items every year.
  20. Surprising as it may seem, men control most of the big fashion houses and fashion magazines.

1 Comment

  • Reply July 26, 2018

    Mariyam

    This article is so interesting!
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