Friday, December 13


How much do you REALLY know about fashion?  Each Friday, we share little known fashion facts on our social media outlets (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Instagram).  Read below for some of these fashion facts to increase your fashion knowledge!  Have more fashion facts to share?  Use hashtags #fashionfactfriday and #sugarandspikes!

  • An apparel or any item is considered vintage only if it dates between 1920 and 1960. Anything after this era is called as retro.
  • Coco, born in 1883 in a hospice for the poor, was not Chanel’s actual birth-name. Her given name was Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, but she acquired the sweet moniker during her appearances at a cafe that had a Moulin Rouge-flair.
  • The modern era of perfume was first launched in 1921, when Coco Chanel launched the exotic floral blend, Chanel No. 5.
  • Umbrellas were invented initially to shade people from the sun and not from the rain.
  • Jewelry is an integral part of women's fashion, but did you know that it was men who first started wearing jewelry?  This trend started with kings and royals who wore jewelry to impose their status and victory in battle.
  • Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel was almost kidnapped by an elaborate German gang called Red Army Faction (RAF).
  • In 1997, PETA members dumped animal guts in front of Givenchy’s Paris boutique doorstep, soon after Alexander McQueen, used animal and bird heads in his fashion show.
  • There was a period, when Christian Louboutin shoes were available with baby blue soles to provide “something blue” for brides-to-be.  These were very short-lived.
  • During World World II there was a scarcity of nylon pantyhose, as nylon was exclusively used for parachutes. Women painted their legs with a paint made of instant gravy powder solution and drew a line down the back of their legs with eye make-up to recreate the look of stockings.
  • Fashion Weeks, which had originally started as trade-only events for buyers and manufacturers, have now become highly publicized events, attracting fashion's “creme de la creme” and celebrities from all across the globe.
  • NYC was the first City to organize a Fashion Week in 1943. Fashion publicist Elenor Lamber initiated the show only to give American fashion designers a chance to showcase their work and compete against the more established European elite.
  • Italian fashion designer Valentino Garavani quickly became known for his amazing red dresses, all in a bright shade of red, which became known in the fashion industry as “Valentino red”.
  • The bra was created by a young New York socialite named Mary Phelps who grew weary of having her camisole show when she wore a lace blouse. Using handkerchiefs, she designed the first rudimentary bra which she had patented in 1914. Women everywhere loved Mary's new design and the first bra took off in a big way. It was later that a woman named Ida Rosenthal designed bras with different cup sizes.
  • 10-25% of Western women don’t wear a bra, and 75-85% of women who do wear an incorrect size.