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    Fashion History Classics: Who invented the Cloche Hat?

    Februar 27th, 2017

    The well known cloche hat was invented by the Parisian milliner and French fashion designer Caroline Reboux (1837-1927) in 1908. Due to the fitted, bell-shaped form of her invention, she named her hat – “cloche” hat, a French translation of the English word “bell”. The hat even shaped hairstyles and became especially popular during the 1920s, and continued to be commonly seen until about 1933.

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    Fashion History: The 19th Century

    August 10th, 2015

    Since the 19th century, clothing has been primarily divided into day wear and evening wear, categories governed by specific dress codes. In general, longer sleeves and higher necklines were meant for the day. Shorter sleeves and lower necklines were considered appropriate for the evening. These rules remained in force throughout the 19th century and even beyond.

    While the rise of capitalism and democracy men’s fashion become more sober, but women’s clothing continued to be decorative. The making and selling of clothes changed dramatically ever the course of the 19th century, as traditional crafts gave way, on one hand to rise of read-made clothing and on the other hand to the development of the haute couture.

    Fashion magazines, patterns and department stores made stylish clothing available to an ever-expanding population of costumes. Paris was the capital of women’s fashion, as London was of men’s.


    This video underneath shows a great summery of Fashion History from 1700 to 1900:


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    Fashion History Classics: Who invented the Bikini?

    Juli 15th, 2015

    The Bikini was invented by French automobile engineer Louis Réard (1897 – 1984) and fashion designer Jacques Heim (1899 – 1967) in Paris in 1946. Réard was a car engineer but by 1946 he was running his mother’s lingerie boutique near Les Folies Bergères in Paris. Heim was a Parisian fashion designer and manufacturer of women’s furs and couture. Read the rest of this entry
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    Fashion History Classics: Who invented the Pencil Skirt?

    November 14th, 2013

    French fashion designer Christian Dior first introduced the classic modern pencil skirt in the late 1940s using the term “H-Line” to describe its shape. It is in stark contrast to Dior’s full-skirted New Look in his “A-line.” Read the rest of this entry
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    Fashion History Classics: Who invented the Men’s Tuxedo?

    Mai 14th, 2013

    The men’s tuxedo, aka tailcoat was invented by Henry Poole of namesake Tailor Company Henry Poole & Co. in London in 1860. Located on London’s famous Savile Row, Poole created a less formal version of the tailcoat, a short smoking jacket for the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII of the United Kingdom) to wear it to informal dinner parties. Due to the Prince’s recommendation to tailor a dinner dress only at Henry Poole & Co Company, the tuxedo became quickly famous in 1886, when New York’s millionaire James Potter brought the dinner suit home with him to the Tuxedo Park Club, a newly established residential country club for New York’s elite. Read the rest of this entry
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    Fashion History Classics: Who invented the Blue Jeans?

    Januar 15th, 2013

    The blue jeans were invented by the Nevada tailor Jacob Davis and the German immigrant and businessman Levi Strauss in 1873. As a 24 year old, Levi Strauss came to San Francisco in 1853 to open a west coast branch of his brothers’ New York dry goods business. Read the rest of this entry
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    Fashion History Classics: Who invented the Cylinder Hat?

    November 19th, 2012

    A cylinder hat, aka Top Hat, Silk Hat, Chimney Pot Hat, Stove Pipe Hat, sometimes even nicknamed as “Topper” is a tall, flat-crowned, broad-brimmed hat, predominantly worn from the latter part of the 18th to the middle of the 20th century. The first silk top hat in England is credited to George Dunnage, a hatter from Middlesex, in 1793 despite William Hogarth, the Lord Mayor of London was wearing a top hat back in 1747. Read the rest of this entry
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    Fashion History Classics: Who invented the Men’s Skirt?

    März 5th, 2012

    In 1985, Jean Paul Gaultier caused a shock in the fashion’s world by introducing the men-skirt. While outside of Western culture, male clothing already includes skirts and skirt-like garments, like a single sheet of fabric folded and wrapped around the waist, such as the “dhoti” or “lungi” in India, and “sarong” in South and Southeast Asia – the wearing of a men’s skirt is usually seen as typical for females and not males in North America and much of Europe today. Read the rest of this entry
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    Fashion History Classics: Who invented the first Y-Line collection?

    Oktober 27th, 2011

    Christian Dior in 1954. Details are coming up soon!

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    2_Fashion History Classics: Who invented the A-Line?
    3_Fashion History Classics: Who invented the H-Line?


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    Fashion History Classics: Who invented the first H-Line collection?

    Oktober 27th, 2011

    Christian Dior in 1954. More info is coming up soon!

    Related Articles:
    1_Definition of the H-Line in speakfashion’s fashion dictionary
    2_Fashion History Classics: Who invented the A-Line?
    3_Fashion History Classics: Who invented the Y-Line?


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