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    Fashion History Classics: Who invented the Marilyn Dress?

    November 26th, 2014

    Who doesn’t know the famous scene of the film ‘Seven Year Itch’ (filmed in 1955 at the corner of Lexington Avenue & 52nd Street in New York) where Marilyn Monroe has been shown standing over a subway grate while wearing a beautiful, billowing, white neck-holder dress? Read the rest of this entry
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    Fashion History Classics: Who invented the Little Black Dress (LBD)?

    August 13th, 2014

    Coco Chanel was a style icon and trendsetter in the 20th century. In 1926 she invented the ‘little black dress‘ aka LBD. A convenient evening dress for women, which could be easily dressed up with certain accessories for more fancy occasions. Read the rest of this entry
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    Fashion History Classics: Who invented the Capri Pants?

    Mai 29th, 2014

    The European fashion designer Sonja de Lennart invented the famous Capri pants in 1948. Well known as Capris, long or three-quarter shorts, they end below the knee and calf. Read the rest of this entry
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    Fashion History Classics: Who invented the Women’s Tuxedo?

    März 25th, 2014

    As you can imagine, tuxedos or even single-pants were only worn by men until the 19th century. In 1966 fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent changed everything. Read the rest of this entry
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    Fashion History Classics: Who invented the Trench Coat?

    Januar 13th, 2014

    In 1914 Thomas Burberry also widely known for his namesake brand Burberry invented in World War I a weather-proof trench coat which was modified to include shoulder straps and D-rings for the British soldiers. 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 Stiletto Heel?

    März 13th, 2012

    The famous long, thin, high-heel aka stiletto heel was founded by French fashion designer Roger Vivier in 1954. The word stiletto is derived from stylus, meaning a pin or stalk and their heels may vary in length from 1 inch (2.5 centimetres) to 10 inches (25 cm) or more if a platform sole is used. Stiletto heels are also sometimes defined as having a diameter at the ground of less than half an inch (less than 1 cm).

    Originally the design of the stiletto heel came from the late Kristin S. Wagner but didn’t become known until the late 1950s. It came with the advent of technology using a supporting metal shaft or stem embedded into the heel, instead of wood or other, weaker materials that required a wide heel. Its usage in footwear first appeared in print in the New Statesman magazine in 1959. Since then the stiletto heel would become known more for their erotic nature than for their ability to make height.

    Today the stiletto heel remains one of the most essential fashion items in fashion.
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