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    Suspenders

    September 12th, 2013

    Suspenders are two straps worn over the shoulders instead of a belt in order to hold up pants. They can be made out of leather or fabric, often combined with elastic material, are attached to the pants with clamps or buttons and can be worn in an X- or Y-shape. Invented by Albert Thurston in 1820 in England, suspenders have gone in and out of fashion multiple times. Worn under a jacket or waist coat suspenders are cut to be ‘invisible’ but are also worn as an accessory for example in the punk scene and on German ‘Lederhosen’. Generally today suspenders are mostly worn with tuxedo pants, which do not have any belt loops and therefore can’t be worn with a belt.

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    Ballerina Shoes

    Juni 21st, 2013

    Ballerina shoes are slipper-like, flat-heeled shoes that have a closed toe. Inspired by dancers slippers they are light-weight often with a flexible sole and being low cut, show the majority of the top of the foot. Claire McCardell was the first designer to present ballerina shoes in one of her fashion shows in 1941. 1949 ballerina shoes were first shown on the cover of Vogue and led to a large popularity of the shoe. Movie stars around that time such as Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn started wearing ‘ballerinas’, as they are commonly called and helped them to gain even more success.

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    Kimono

    Mai 31st, 2013

    A ‘Kimono’ is a traditional Japanese garment originally worn by women as well as men. The term basically translates to English as ‘a thing to wear’. Fabric-wise there are lots of different versions around today, mostly based on cotton or silk. The traditional cut of a ‘Kimono’ is a loose fitting, ankle-length robe, mostly tucked to the body with a belt-like ribbon called ‘obi’. The ‘Kimono’ became internationally popular during the early 1970s, when designer like ‘Diane von Fuerstenberg‘ adapted the traditional garment to something known as the ‘Wrap Dress‘ in today’s fashion. It also made an earlier appearance in the world of fashion when Paul Poiret introduced his invention of a ‘Kimono Coat’ in 1904.

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    Trench Coat

    Mai 18th, 2013

    A trench coat is a weather-proof coat that was invented in 1914 by fashion designer Thomas Burberry aka Burberry. The trench coat he came up with included straps and D-rings that were especially made for the British soldiers in World War I. The coat became very popular as a classic style after the War due to the water-proof fabric. It was produced as a double-breasted civilian coat with large lapels, a matching belt, convertible collar and a vent in the back. It still remains as one of the essential items in fashion.

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    Chanel Costume

    Mai 18th, 2013

    The Chanel Costume was invented in 1954 by french fashion designer Coco Chanel and is considered to be her last masterpiece. Fairly typical for a Chanel Costume is its dappled fabric, a long blazer jacket with single breasted buttons and a slightly exposed fitting skirt. Until today, Chanel’s last master piece remains a fashion classic and can be seen on runways around the globe.

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    Marilyn Dress

    Mai 18th, 2013

    A Marilyn dress is a neck-holder dress that has a single strap around the back of the neck. Discovered and introduced to the public in 1955 by Marilyn Monroe but worn until now, the Marilyn dress became one of an important item in the fashion history.

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    Bikini

    Mai 18th, 2013

    A bikini is a swimmsuit which contains two pieces: A top part and a bottom part. It was invented in 1946 in Paris by fashion designer Jacques Heim (1899–1967). Due to its small size, Heim called the bikini the atom. His invention was prohibited to wear on US public beaches until the 1960s. Today, the bikini is the most popular female beachwear around the globe.

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    Monokini

    Mai 9th, 2013

    A monokini is a topless bathing suit. The modern designs usually have large cut-outs at the sides, front and back and are therefore often called ‘cut-outs’. The Austrian-American fashion designer Rudi Gernreich first introduced the monokini to the public in 1964.

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    Capri Pants

    April 23rd, 2013

    Capri pants aka Capris are tight-fitting three-quarter pants that end below the knee and calf. The name refers to the Italian isle of Capri, where the pants first gained popularity in the late 1950s and early 1960s. A decade prior to its success, in 1948, European fashion designer Sonja de Lennart had invented the Capri pants, which by now can be counted in on the long lost of fashion classics.

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    Twin-set

    April 23rd, 2013

    A twin-set is a sweater with a matching cardigan all made with the same fabric and color. Fashion designer Otto Weisz first invented the clothing set for the knitwear label Pringle of Scotland in 1943. During the 1950s and 1960s twin-sets have been associated most closely with women’s work wardrobes, particularly in secretarial work or teaching, but were occasionally viewed as too casual for more conservative workplaces where dress suits were preferred.

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