!n 1951, Adidas bought the three stripe trademark from a Finnish sportswear brand, Karhu. How much did they have to pay for the design that we’ve all come to love? Only 1,600 euros and two bottles of whiskey!
The French Cuff originated in Great Britain and was known as the “foldback” or “turnback” before the trend reached America, where the term “French Cuff” was coined.
High-heeled shoes were worn for centuries as a form of riding footwear. The heels helped to secure a man’s feet in his stirrups, which made it much easier for him to shoot his bow and arrow while riding a horse! Women started wearing heels as a fashion statement in the 1600s, and when the trend gained wide-spread popularity in the mid-1700s, men stopped wearing them.
Don’t believe me? Check for yourself! This is most likely because, in the Victorian era, upper-class women were usually dressed by servants. Hence, it became a norm to make garments for women that were a littler easier for other people to button up.
The classic gingham pattern is often assumed to have British origins, when in reality, it originated in South East Asia (gingham was derived from the Malay word “genggang”, which means “striped”) and was imported to Europe in the 17th century.
Levi Strauss & Co. patented its denim pants with rivets in 1873 and called them “waist-high overalls”. This term was used for decades until the 1960s when the term “blue jeans” came about.
In the early 1900’s, tennis players wore long-sleeved, button-up shirts during matches, which were obviously ridiculously impractical. René Lacoste (the French tennis champion who won the Grand Slam seven times) designed the modern polo shirt as we know it and wore it for the first time at the 1926 US Open Championship. In 1933, he retired from tennis and joined forces with a clothing merchandiser to launch the Lacoste brand that is now synonymous with making quality polo shirts!
Anna Wintour’s first cover as the editor of Vogue back in 1988 presented the very beautiful Michaela Bercu wearing an haute couture Christian Lacroix beaded jacket and a pair of faded blue jeans. When the issue was sent to the printers, they called up and asked if there was some kind of a mistake. Back then, Vogue’s covers featured models in heavy makeup and elaborate jewelry, but this cover was the complete opposite! The model’s hair was messy and she looked like she had almost no makeup on (now considered a very chic look), and the whole shot looked so casual and candid. Putting jeans on the cover of Vogue wasn’t exactly Anna Wintour’s original plan, the jacket was supposed to be paired with a matching skirt, but the model wasn’t able to fit into the sample. So, the decision was made that she’d wear her own jeans. Just liked that, Anna Wintour sparked controversy and made fashion history.