All of us love fashion. Every bits and piece of clothing that we put on our body is essentially a fashion choice.
But are you aware of some facts about fashion at early ages? Iconic steps in the fashion industry? Mind-blowing facts about the creators of magnificent clothing pieces?
Here are some surprising and interesting facts, many of which will blow your mind away while you procrastinate!
Ancient and Historic
- Historically, in Rome, only aristocrats and royals wore purple clothing.
- Bikini, introduced in 1946, was banned in several countries after the Vatican declared it as a sin.
- The skirt is the second oldest clothing.
- The OG Cinderella story had fur slippers instead of glass ones.
- Women were only allowed to wear shorts after WWII because less fabric was available.
- Until the 19th century, fashion companies used dolls instead of models.
- French noblewomen used to wear hairstyles inspired by ships. I wonder whether they used extensions or not.
- High heels were originally designed for and by men.
- During the 1970s, South Korea actual had fashion police that measured women’s mini skirts.
- In the 1970s, only King Louis XIV’s and his court members were allowed to wear red heels, men or women.
- Coco Chanel disassociated black from mourning with her creation of the LBD or little black dress. Not every all-black outfit is for the funeral.
- Anna Wintour’s first cover of Vogue was so different from previous ones that editors thought she made a mistake.
- The first person to wear a white wedding dress was Queen Victoria. Before that white was associated with mourning.
- Chanel designed the signature Chanel coat fighting the patriarchy for the sake of comfort and mobility of women.
- Stella McCartney label has exclusive shopping bags made of corn. Sustainable fashion at its finest. Ps: do you know Arcadia? A sustainable label?
- King Edward VII, a rather plump man began leaving his suit’s bottom button unbuttoned and unknowingly created a trend.
- Earlier, celebrities used sunglasses to look anonymous.
- Chelsea Boot was first made especially for Queen Victoria.
- Ever since Nirvana singer brought flannel to the forefront of fashion, its been trend-proof wardrobe staple. Especially plaid flannel! A true 90s wardrobe staple!
- Coco Chanel introduced the first strap bag. Basically, Gabrielle modernised the whole world.
Companies and designers
- Michael Kors’ first project was his own mother’s wedding dress at the age of 5.
- Marilyn Monroe owned a lavish dress encrusted with 6000 rhinestones.
- Ralph Lauren’s real name was Ralph Lifshitz.
- Michael Jordon’s father was murdered by a guy wearing Michael Jordon T-shirt. Coincidence?
- Paul Smith’s every design has a hidden fashion treasure; like a hidden pocket or a different print on the inside pocket etc.
- Valentino travels everywhere with his 5 favourite pugs. I mean I would do that too.
- Karl Lagerfeld has said to own 300,000+ books. I wonder if he owned Harry Potter.
- Karl even created a scent for book lovers called ‘paper passion’.
- Marc Jacobs has SpongeBob tattoos.
- Ralph Lauren served in the US army from 1962-1964.
- An average woman buys 145 bags in her lifetime.
- Fashion industry sees an annual revenue of more than $20 billion. I wonder how.
- In the US, each person owns an average of seven pairs of blue jeans. That is one per each day in a week?
- People in Manhattan spend an average of $362 on clothes.
- Gucci manufactured a pair of jeans named the Gucci Genius Jeans. They sold for a staggering $3,134.
- In the Western world, skirts and dresses are mainly reserved for women, but in other areas of the world, both sexes wear them equally as often.
- Technically, items are only ‘vintage’ if they were made more than sixty but less than a hundred years ago.
- There is an Old Icelandic tale which claims the Yule Cat will eat you if you aren’t lucky enough to receive new clothes on Christmas Day. You might need fashion gift guides then?
- About 80% of women around the world buy a smaller size of shoes.
- An average woman has $550 of unworn clothing in her closet having never worn at least 20% of the items in their wardrobe. Does that include you?
Check out my recent blog post in which I gave my five rules for looking polished and put together.
Those were my 80 surprising and interesting facts about fashion that you may not have known till now.
If you have some facts related to fashion, feel free to share it in the comments! I would love to know more!