Fun Facts!

  1. According to Icelandic folklore, if you don’t get new clothes to wear for Christmas, there is a giant Yule Cat that will eat you.

  2. Up until the 19th century, children were dressed as miniature adults.

  3. Up until around 1910, it was totally common for little boys to wear dresses until they were around 5 or 6.

  4. The inventor of the modern bikini, Louis Réard, named his creation after the Bikini Atoll — where the U.S. did tons of its nuclear testing — because he hoped it would make as big of a bang as the atomic bomb. Réard declared it wasn’t a real bikini unless the fabric from it could be “pulled through a wedding ring.”

  5. South Korea used to have actual fashion police who would go around measuring the miniskirt length of women. If skirts were deemed too short, they could be fined or arrested.

  6. Napoleon had brass buttons sewn on the sleeves of his soldiers’ uniforms to discourage them from wiping their noses on their uniforms.

  7. Ralph Lauren — real name Ralph Lifshitz — started out as a tie designer.

  8. Speaking of, a tie fanatic, or collector, is called a grabologist.

  9. The spacesuits worn by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were actually created by bra maker Playtex.

  10. Prior to the 19th century, designers used dolls to showcase their designs instead of models.

  11. The most expensive pair of shoes are the ruby slippers designed by Harry Winston, inspired by the ones Dorothy wore in The Wizard of Oz. They cost a cool $3 million.

  12. Initially, both men and women wore togas in Rome, but after the 2nd century BC, respectable women wore stolas and prostitutes were required to wear a toga.

  13. The four major fashion capitals of the world are New York, London, Milan, and Paris. Each city holds fashion shows twice, in February and September.

  14. The first fashion magazine was published in Germany in 1586.

  15. Over a lifetime, an American woman will spend $125,000 on clothes.  3,000 items—271 pairs of shoes, 185 dresses, and 145 bags.

  16. The five most common clothing materials are linen, cotton, polyester, and rayon.

  17. Evidence for the first clothes dates somewhere between 100,000 to 500,000 years ago.

  18. Women’s nominal clothing sizes have increased in physical size over the years in a phenomenon known as “vanity sizing.”  A size 8 dress with a 32-inch bust in 1967 is now considered a size 0 today.

  19. What Americans consider “tuxedos” are called “dinner jackets” in Great Britain, as the word tuxedo itself refers to the white version of the suit jacket in British English.

  20. A person’s social rank and profession in the Medieval Ages was represented by the color of their clothing.  The nobility wore red, peasants wore brown and gray, and merchants, bankers, and gentry wore green.

  21. In Rome, purple clothing was exclusively reserved for emperors and magistrates.

  22. The earliest known shoes are sandals that date back to approximately 7,000 B.C.  However, bone analysis of early humans suggests humans began wearing shoes as early as 40,000 years ago.

  23. The difference between two nominal clothing sizes is approximately ten to fifteen pounds.

  24. Standard women’s clothes are designed to fit women between 5’4 and 5’8 tall.

  25. 30.  One silk cocoon produces an average of 600 to 900 meters of silk filaments, but it takes four to eight pieces to make one strand of silk thread.  In all, it takes about 30,000 silkworms to produce 12 pounds of raw silk.

  26. 31.  Eyeliner became popular after its discovery in King Tutankhamun’s tomb in the 1920s.

  27. 32.  It was once taboo to wear black unless one was in mourning.  Victorian widows were expected to wear black mourning clothes for two years after their husbands’ deaths.

  28. The fashion industry generates an average revenue of $20 billion each year.

  29. For all the hoopla made about Fashion Week, the average fashion show is only about 10 minutes long.

  30. Vintage clothing refers to clothing made between 20 and 100 years ago, and retro refers to recently made clothing that is designed to resemble the style of another period.

  31. The skirt is the second oldest piece of clothing, outdated only by the loincloth.

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