A chimpanzee has been observed wearing a piece of grass into her ear, with no apparent function. After other members of her group started imitating her, researchers realized to be in presence of the first fashion statement observed in other animals.
In Tajikistan, a unibrow is viewed as an attractive quality in both men and women. For women, it is associated with virginity and purity and, in men, virility. Women not blessed with hair between their eyebrows fake them with makeup.
An Australian news anchor wore the same suit every day for a year to illustrate the fashion double standard for men and women. No one noticed.
The word “dude” was first used in the late 1800s as an insult towards young men who were overly concerned with keeping up with the latest fashions.
The Macaronis were young English men who adopted feminine mannerisms and highly extravagant attire. They were members of the Macaroni Club, and wore a feather in their hats. They also wore two fob watches: “one to tell what time it was and the other to tell what time it was not”.
In 1938, a Kindergarten teacher who witnessed a burglary was jailed for five days because she wore a pair of slacks into court the day she was called to testify.
The Mexican party scene has fully embraced ridiculously long pointy boots. Known as “botas picudas,” the Mexican fashion of pointy boots has started with the tribal music. In the beginning, people were using regular boots. Then they started making them pointier and pointier, until it got out of control.
During the Depression, women would make clothing out of feed sacks. When the manufacturers found out, they started printing floral and geometric patterns on the inside of the sacks.
Designers wanted their models to look like they were on heroin in the mid-90’s. The look, characterised by pale skin, dark circles underneath the eyes and angular bone structure, was a reaction against the “healthy” and vibrant look of models such as Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer.
In 1922, people rioted over whether it was okay or not to wear a straw hat past the “socially acceptable” date of September 15, in New York. The riot lasted 8 days and led to multiple arrests. Gangs of teenagers prowled the streets wielding large sticks, sometimes with a nail driven through the top, looking for pedestrians wearing straw hats and beating those who resisted.