50 Facts About Fashion You Need To Know

Last Updated on 25/06/2022 by Rashi

All of us love dressing and shopping for clothes and accessories. Every bit and piece that we put on our bodies is undoubtedly a fashion choice. But are you aware of these facts about early trends and fashion staples or Iconic steps in the the industry? Mind-blowing facts about the designer of your favorite clothing and fashion piece?

Here are some surprising and interesting facts from the fashion world, to entertain you while you procrastinate!

fashion facts not mentioned in history books

  1. In Rome, only aristocrats and royals could wear purple clothing.
  2. When the bikini was Introduced in 1946, it was banned in several countries after the Vatican declared it a sin.
  3. The skirt is the second oldest piece of clothing.
  4. The OG Cinderella story had fur slippers and not glass ones.
  5. Women were only allowed to wear shorts after WWII because less fabric was available.
  6. Until the 19th century, fashion companies used dolls instead of models.
  7. French noblewomen used to wear hairstyles inspired by ships.
  8. During the 1970s, South Korea had fashion police that measured women’s mini skirts.
  9. During King Louis XIV’s rule, only he and his court members were allowed to wear red heels, men or women.

10. High heels were originally designed for men for the purpose of riding horses.

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a painting from history depicting one of historical fashion facts about men wearing heels

Iconic facts and early trends

  1. Ancient Egyptians wore wax or perfume cones on their heads, rumored to be perfumed to hide their body odor. 
  2. Anna Wintour’s first cover of Vogue was so different from previous ones that editors thought she made a mistake.
  3. The first item of clothing to be invented were Grecian-style wrap “dresses” that were worn by both men and women. These were created using the draping technique.
  4. The first person to wear a white wedding dress was Queen Victoria. All-white was associated with mourning before.
  5. Chanel designed the signature Chanel coat fighting the patriarchy for the sake of comfort and mobility of women.
  6. King Edward VII, a rather plump man began leaving his suit’s bottom button unbuttoned and unknowingly created a trend.
  7. Earlier, celebrities used sunglasses to look anonymous and not for fashion OR to hide away from the Sun. Chelsea Boot was first made especially for Queen Victoria.
  8. Ever since Nirvana’s singer brought flannel to the forefron of fashion, it’s been a trend-proof wardrobe staple.
  9. Coco Chanel introduced the first strap bag.
  10. Chanel with her creation of the LBD or little black dress, disassociated black from mourning.

A whole blog post can be written on fashion facts about the infamous designer who founded Chanel tbh.

A picture of Coco Chanel, who introduced bag straps: historical fashion facts about fashion designer and creators of fashion industry.

Interesting facts about fashion designers and brands

  1. Michael Kors’ first project was his own mother’s wedding dress at the age of 5.
  2. Stella McCartney label has exclusive shopping bags made of corn.
  3. Ralph Lauren was an army veteran who went from rags to riches because of his Polo clothing brand. Ralph Lifshitz was his original name.
  4. The guy who murdered Michael Jordon’s father was wearing Michael Jordon’s T-shirt.
  5. Paul Smith’s every design has a hidden fashion treasure; like a hidden pocket or a different print on the inside pocket etc.
  6. 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.
  7. Gucci almost went bankrupt after the spread of scandalous stories about the Gucci family in the 1980s.
  8. To bring about positive change, Tom Ford was appointed the position of Creative Director at Gucci.
A picture of karl lagerfeld, a famous fashion designer under chanel in an art gallery proving the fashion fact about him true that he loves museums and art and books.

9. Karl Lagerfeld has said to owned 300,000+ books.

10. Karl even created a scent for book lovers called ‘paper passion’.

If you’ve seen Karl’s creations and his taste, you would believe me when I say ‘the designer was the OG Dark Academia enthusiast’ should be on the list of fashion facts.

Facts about today

  1. Fashion industry sees an annual revenue of $760+ billion.
  2. After Kim Kardashian wore Marilyn Monroe’s lavish dress encrusted with 6000 rhinestones at Met Gala 2022, it suffered terrible loose threads and tears. Many rhinestones fell off this preserved dress.
  3. In March 2021, Lil Nas X debuted the custom Nike Air Max 97 “Satan Shoes,” during the music video for “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” sparking intense controversy.
  4. In the US, each person owns an average of seven pairs of blue jeans.
  5. YouTuber and comedian Marie Benoliel (a.k.a. Marie S’Infiltre) jumped up onto the runway at the Chanel Paris Fashion Week show in 2019, crashing in a tweed monochrome outfit to blend in with models before she was blocked by Gigi Hadid.
  6. 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.
  7. An average woman has $550 of unworn clothing in her closet having never worn at least 20% of the items in their wardrobe.
  8. Recently a bra was invented that doubles up as a mask -to be used in emergency situations.
  9. By releasing a balaclava-style sweater in its fall 2018 ready-to-wear collection and on its website, Gucci faced immediate backlash. Many claimed it resembled blackface and was insensitive.
  10. If a man can’t decide what to wear on a date, he might want to wear blue.

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fast fashion facts about a world striving for sustainability

  1. The world consumes about 80 billion new pieces of clothing every year.
  2. Cotton farming consumes 4% of worldwide nitrogen and phosphorous fertilizers, 16% of all insecticides, and 7% of all herbicides, severely polluting the environment.
  3. Cow manure consists of cellulose that can be turned into a biodegradable fabric called Mestic. The clothes made with this innovative fabric are affectionately labeled as a part of the “Manual Couture” line.
  4. Polyester contributes to plastic waste and microfiber pollution, and about 60% of today’s clothing contains polyester.
  5. 0.5 million tons of plastic microfibers harm marine wildlife every year from garbage dumped into the ocean.
  6. It takes about 7000 liters of water on average to produce a single pair of jeans. That’s enough water you’d require for drinking for at least 5 years.
  7. As per the UN, the global fast fashion industry is responsible for 10% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.
  8. If the trend continues, the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions will grow more than 50% by 2030.
  9. Eri silk has emerged as a preferred fabric in this age of sustainable fashion. After the worm becomes a moth, it sheds the cocoon that can be later upcycled to make yarn and fabric.
  10. Globally, less than 1% of all textile waste is recycled to make new clothing.