The miniskirt is named after the Mini Cooper and not the skirt’s size. The designer, Mary Quant loved Mini Cooper cars and named the garment after them, saying that car and skirt were both “optimistic, exuberant, young, flirty,” and complemented each other.
In the late 18th century, Jacques Barbeu Du Bourg, Benjamin Franklin’s French translator, invented le parapluie-paratonnerre, the lightning rod umbrella, which is said to have become fashionable among Parisian gentlemen.
Fashion brand R13 has introduced shorts that kind of look like two pairs of clothes have gotten stuck together in the dryer. Price: $565.
In 1869, a strange fashion trend was afoot among the hippest London ladies. With the assistance of canes and mismatched shoes or specialty pairs with different heel heights, they affected what was called the Alexandra Limp.
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”.