Fashion geeks know that we have Coco Chanel to thank for inventing the LBD, or little black dress, and fashion super-geeks will know that Valentino Garavani is the man who popularised red dresses. But whether you fall into either of these factions or not, there are definitely going to be some bits of trivia you’ve never heard before!
As is the case with gambling, as various and multiplied as the slots games in Australia and around the rest of the world are, fashion is a layered subject with a long history.
Buttons on Jacket Sleeves
However unlikely it may seem that a war dictator would contribute something vital to fashion, we have Napoleon Bonaparte to thank for buttons on jacket sleeves.
During the Napoleonic wars, Bonaparte ordered that his army’s uniforms should be outfitted with big brass buttons on the jacket sleeves. This was to prevent his soldiers from wiping their noses and mouths clean on their uniforms. We have him to thank for the button design being retained on our sleeves nowadays.
Eyebrows Are Optional
No self-respecting fashionista would ever leave their house without just the right makeup being done, and a flawless face means fabulous eyebrows. Although we’re currently enjoying a trend towards bushier brows, fashionistas during the Renaissance used to shave them off completely!
Facts About Denim
We have been using cotton fabric to make our clothing for more than 7 000 years now. And 200+ pairs of jeans can be made from a single bale.
The word Jeans actually comes to us from the cotton pants commonly worn by Genes, a term used to describe sailors from Genoa. The word Denim likely originated from a French material known as serge de Nimes, meaning serge from Nimes, a little seaside town in France.
The First-Ever Pair of Sneakers
During the later part of the 1800s, people wore rubber-soled shoes called plimsolls, but they were very crude foot coverings. Then, in 1892, the US Rubber Company developed more comfortable rubber shoes featuring canvas tops and called them Keds. These shoes eventually became known as sneakers because the soles were so smooth they allowed the wearer to move about unnoticed if they wanted to.
By the year 1917, these sneakers had started being produced en masse, and the Marquis Converse produced their first shoe that same year and christened it the Converse All-Star. It was made specifically for basketball and was endorsed by a superstar player named Chuck Taylor. The sneakers eventually went on to be known as Chuck Taylor All-Stars.
Skirts Have Been With Us Forever
As popular as they are these days, skirts are the second-oldest garments in history. Only the loincloth predates them. Plus, they were ever intended to be only for women. In fact, from the 1600s through the 1700s, both men and women wore them.
During the 19th century, black clothing was almost exclusively reserved for those mourning the death of someone or for members of the clergy. If you wanted to wear it at any other time you would’ve been viewed as dangerously eccentric!