10 Fun Fashion Facts!

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1. Over a lifetime, an American woman spends on average $125,000 on 3,000 items of clothes.  271 pairs of shoes, 185 dresses, and 145 bags.
2. The bikini was named after the island Bikini Atoll, where the US military initiated its first peace time nuclear weapons test. Its creator, Louis Réard, believed that the revealing suit would create a shock like that of the atomic bomb.
3. Men’s shirts button on the right, and women’s on the left.
4. Know where buttons come from? Napoleon Bonaparte ordered for buttons to be attached to jacket sleeves so as to prevent soldiers from wiping their runny noses on their sleeves.
5. Decades ago, if a woman had short hair she was considered to be an unfaithful wife.
6. During World World II, there was a scarcity of nylon pantyhose due to nylon being exclusively used for parachutes. Women therefore painted their legs with a solution involving instant gravy powder and drew a line down the back of their legs with eye make-up to recreate the stocking look.
7. 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.
8. One of the key ingredients in manufacturing lipstick is fish scales.
9. Michael Kors designed his first piece of clothing aged five. It was his mother’s wedding dress.
10. The thong was first made in New York by order of mayor Fiorello Henry La Guardia. The mayor felt outraged when he saw that dancers performed without underwear and ordered to sew tiny panties for them to cover their modesty.

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