·        The word ‘jeans’ comes from the cotton pants worn by “Genes,” the local term for Genoan sailors.

·        The average American owns 7 pairs of blue jeans.

·        The four major fashion capitals of the world are New York, London, Milan, and Paris.  Each city holds fashion shows twice, in February and September.

·        It was not acceptable for women to wear shorts in public until World War 2.

·        The first fashion magazine was published in Germany in 1586.

·        Over a lifetime, an American woman will spend $125,000 on clothes.  3,000 items—271 pairs of shoes, 185 dresses, and 145 bags.

·        The five most common clothing materials are linen, cotton, polyester, and rayon.

·        Evidence for the first clothes dates somewhere between 100,000 to 500,000 years ago.

·        Men’s shirts button on the right and women’s on the left

·        Children dressed identically to adults until the mid-1800s, when the concept of children’s clothing took off

·        Dresses and skirts are commonly seen as women’s clothing in the West, but in other parts of the world, men wear them as frequently as women do

·        More than 2 billion t-shirts are sold each year.

·        A person’s social rank and profession in the Medieval Ages was represented by the color of their clothing.  The nobility wore red, peasants wore brown and gray, and merchants, bankers, and gentry wore green.

·        In Rome, purple clothing was exclusively reserved for emperors and magistrates.

·        In Arab culture, shoes are considered dirty because they touch the ground and cover the lowest part of the body, the foot.  It is considered offensive to show one’s shoe sole, and throwing your shoe at someone is an extremely grave insult.

·        Vintage clothing refers to clothing made between 20 and 100 years ago, and retro refers to recently made clothing that is designed to resemble the style of another period

·        The fashion industry generates average revenue of $20 billion each year.

·        Until around the beginning of the 20th century, Chinese culture regarded small feet as beautiful, and it was a common practice to bind women’s feet from an early age to keep their feet small.   This practice was limited to the wealthy, however, the feet of women who underwent this procedure were so deformed that they had difficulty walking.

·        The crocodile of the brand ‘Lacoste’ was the first brand name to ever appear as a logo on any garment.

·        During the 15th century, being pregnant was considered as fashion. During this period, if girls weren’t pregnant, they would hide pillows under their dress to fake a baby bump

Compiled by Adedeji Eniyansoro
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