Last Updated on 22/04/2022 by Rashi
All of us love dressing and shopping for clothes and accessories. Every bit and piece that we put on our bodies is essentially a fashion choice. But are you aware of these facts about early trends and fashion staples? Iconic steps in the fashion industry? Mind-blowing facts about the creators of magnificent clothing and fashion trends?
Here are some surprising and interesting facts from the fashion world, to entertain you while you procrastinate!
10 Historical fashion facts
- In Rome, only aristocrats and royals wore purple clothing.
- Introduced in 1946, the bikini 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.
- During the 1970s, South Korea had fashion police that measured women’s mini skirts.
- In the 1970s, only King Louis XIV and his court members were allowed to wear red heels, men or women.
10. High heels were originally designed for and by men.
10 Iconic facts and early fashion trends
- Coco Chanel disassociated black from mourning with her creation of the LBD or little black dress.
- 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. All-white was associated with mourning before.
- Chanel designed the signature Chanel coat fighting the patriarchy for the sake of comfort and mobility of women.
- 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 and not for fashion OR hide away from sun.
- 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.
- Stella McCartney label has exclusive shopping bags made of corn.
- Coco Chanel introduced the first strap bag.
A whole blog post can be written on fashion facts about Coco Chanel tbh.
10 Fun facts about fashion designers and brands
- 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.
- The guy who murdered Michael Jordon’s father was wearing Michael Jordon T-shirt.
- 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 favorite pugs.
- In 1997, Alexander McQueen used animal and bird heads in his fashion show. At this, PETA members dumped animal guts in front of Givenchy’s Paris boutique doorstep.
- Ralph Lauren served in the US army from 1962-to 1964.
9. Karl Lagerfeld has said to own 300,000+ books.
10. Karl even created a scent for book lovers called ‘paper passion’.
If You’ve Seen Many Of His Creations And His Looks, You Would Believe Me When I Say Karl Was The OG Dark Academia Aesthetic Enthusiast.
10 Facts about today
- Fashion industry sees an annual revenue of $760+ billion.
- Gucci manufactured a pair of jeans named the Gucci Genius Jeans. They sold for a staggering $3,134.
- In the US, each person owns an average of seven pairs of blue jeans.
- People in Manhattan spend an average of $362 on clothes.
- 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.
- Boys at several high schools in the Montreal area wore skirts to school for weeks, to protest against the double standard in school dress codes. It was followed by Canadian boys as well.
- There is an Old Icelandic tale that claims the Yule Cat will eat you if you aren’t lucky enough to receive new clothes on Christmas Day.
- An average woman has $550 of unworn clothing in her closet having never worn at least 20% of the items in their wardrobe.
- Recently a bra was invented that doubles up as a mask -to be used in emergency situations.
- If a man can’t decide what to wear on a date, he might want to wear blue.