Interesting facts about fashion you have never known

By Visitor Maria

We love fashion industry but there are something about it that we are completely unaware of. Let's have a look at the past to see some interesting and shocking facts about fashion industry. You'll be completely surprised at the end!


  • Did you know that in 15th century, being pregnant was considered as fashionable and if girls weren’t pregnant, they would hide pillows under their dresses to fake a baby bump?
  • Also, strangely enough in 16th century children didn’t wear clothes specially designed for them but used to wear small sizes of adult clothing. 
  • In the 18th century, high heels were so much wide-spread that even children wore it.
  • Completely unbelievable, but it is a fact that the first ever fashion magazine named Le Mercure Galant was aimed at male audience. The magazine was published in 1678, while only 16 years later a fashion magazine for women appeared in the sale. 
  • Trends for skirts were substantially influenced by the invention of automobile in 18-19th century. After the invention skirts became shorter in order to allow women easily and comfortably step into automobile.
  • How would you feel if wearing a hat was a mandatory requirement coming from your government? You think it’s funny? Not at all. Elizabeth I loved hats so much that she made it compulsory for all females over the age of 7 to wear hats on Sundays and holidays. Anyone who refused to do so was stiffly fined.
  • Thanks to Napoleon Bonaparte for buttons on jacket sleeves which he ordered to attach to prevent soldiers from wiping off their runny noses on their sleeves.
  • During World World II, ladies were using their ingenuity to stay attractive. As there was a shortage of nylon pantyhose, which was exclusively used for parachutes, women painted their legs with a solution including instant gravy powder and drew a line down the back of their legs with eye make-up to recreate the look of stockings!
  • Some New York city mayors were inventors. Edward Cooper, another NYC mayor did significant improvement to iron making and metalworking. But what another mayor Fiorello Henry La Guardia invented you would never guess. Thongs. What? La Guardia invented the thong when he was scandalized to see the cities exotic bar dancers performing without an underwear. He immediately ordered to sew tiny panties or thongs for them.
  • We love bras! Thanks to Mary Phelps a New York socialite, for create the modern bra. The ones she made and patented in 1914 were very unlike the ones we wear today, though. Actually we should thank Mark Twain for inventing and patenting the bra-strap clasp.
  • Wearing a bra has not always been a harmless thing. In 1999 two women died when electricity struck and their bras acted as electricity conductors and transferred the current between them.
  • The crocodile of the brand ‘Lacoste’ was the first brand name to ever appear as a logo on any garment.
  • The modern era of perfume was first launched in 1921, when Coco Chanel launched the exotic floral blend, Chanel No. 5.
  • Ironically, Michael Jordan’s dad, was murdered by a guy wearing a Michael Jordan T-shirt.
  • Talent is a talent from early ages: Michael Kors began designing when he was just 5; he designed his mom’s wedding dress for her second wedding.
  • The spacesuits worn by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were created by bra maker Playtex company.


  • The world's most valuable fashion brand is Louis Vuitton with the worth of $23 billion.
  • Every new runway show mainly features 70% new models, therefore, young models walk on the runway only three seasons in average. 
  • There is a sock company that sells “sock jars” — slightly mismatched collections of socks. This is designed to meet the needs when a matching pair is lost.
  • The world's clothing and textile industry reached almost $2,560 trillion in 2010.
  • To be a Haute Couture designer, one must get approved by the Chamber of Syndicale, the governing body of fashion in Paris. This is really a very strict and serious process of approval. Today, only 14 fashion houses have been approved, while some other great designers, such as Giorgio Armani, remain unapproved. 
  • There is a name for a person who collects ties - "Grabatologist'.
  • One billion rabbits are killed each year so that their fur can be used in clothing or for lures in fly-fishing or trim on craft items.
  • There is a bra that doubles in size as a gas mask. It is designed to be snapped off and put over the mouth in the event of an emergency.

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