Most of us know that Coco Chanel invented the little black dress, but did you know that it was Mark Twain who invented the clasp at the back of your bra? It’s true! The man that brought you Huckleberry Finn was the same guy who invented and patented the hook-and-eye fastener for “vests, pantaloons, or other garments requiring straps”.
If these surprised you, read on, we’ve got a few more fascinating facts about fashion that you probably didn’t know.
Umbrellas – not for rainy days
That essential item we use on a rainy day, the umbrella was not invented to keep the rain off. The oldest written reference to an umbrella dates back to 21 AD and it refers to a device designed to shield a person from the sun. In fact, the very word umbrella is derived from the Latin word “umbra”, which means shadow, or shaded.
Men wore High Heels First
This was invented to stop men falling off their horses! History shows that the first high heels were worn by men and they were designed to keep a man’s feet in the stirrups when he was shooting at his foes with a bow and arrow. It wasn’t until much later that high heels became a fashion item for women.
Automobile contribution to Fashion
Skirts became short not because of changing attitudes to morality and to show off bare legs, but it was for a far more practical reason. The first short skirts are thought to have been designed to make it easier for girls to get in and out of automobiles. So, got the point skirts became shorter
Tutankhamun made eyeliner popular
Until around 1920’s eyeliner wasn’t very popular. It became popular only after King Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered in 1922, which sparked a renewed interest in Ancient Egypt, and people saw images of the young king wearing eyeliner.
Levi Strauss had a very different name for jeans.
The word “jeans” comes from the word “Genes” that was a word used to describe the sailors of Genoa in Italy, who wore blue denim trousers. When Levi Strauss, however, patented his design for what we now called jeans, he called them “waist-high overalls”. Not quite as catchy as “blue jeans”, isn’t it?