High heels were worn by men, and white dresses indicated grief: top 10 surprising facts about fashion

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Queen Victoria and King Louis XIV

Many familiar things that we wear every day have an unexpected history of origin. Not everyone knows about it. There are many little-known but very interesting events in the history of fashion that develop in twists and turns and go back to the origins.

OBOZREVATEL has collected some noteworthy facts from the fashion industry for you. They will dispel some of the myths about who should be thanked for a particular wardrobe item (to see the photos, scroll to the end of the page).

1. Weddings were not always white

A woman in a white dress with a veil walking towards her beloved, who will become her husband in a few minutes, is an iconic image. But traditionally, girls did not wear white on their wedding day. In many countries, white was considered the colour of mourning. This continued until Queen Victoria set the trend. She wore a white dress to her wedding to Prince Albert.


2. The first fashion week was organised during the war

Fashion Week was originally planned to distract people from the war. The first official event took place in 1943 in New York.

3. The first bra was made of handkerchiefs

One day, Mary Phelps, a socialite from New York, was going to go dancing and realised that her bust needed additional support. She sewed handkerchiefs together to create the first modern bra. It was Phelps who "patented" the sconce in the early 1900s.


4. Barbie is a trendsetter

Most little girls first learn about fashion by playing with their Barbies. Did you know that the first outfit the iconic doll wore was a black and white swimsuit? Over the years, fashion designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein, Versace and Armani have worked on Barbie's looks.


5. Sneakers are just over 100 years old

Keds and Converse were released in 1917. However, the first company surpassed the second by introducing its shoes at the beginning of the year. Interestingly, scientists have discovered a new way to heat rubber, which made it possible to create a sole for a favourite part of the wardrobe.

6. Men wore high heels

This is one of the craziest facts about fashion. But it is true that the first high-heeled shoes were worn by the stronger sex. This element on the boots was intended for horse riding so that men did not fall off the horses.

7. The tie was invented in the 1600s

In 1618, the Thirty Years' War began. Croatian mercenaries who came to France tied small pieces of cloth called ties around their necks. This style aroused the interest of the French. Louis XIV was the first to adopt this trend.


8. The skirt is the oldest garment

A favourite item of clothing for all girls has been around for thousands of years. In fact, the only piece of clothing older than a skirt is a thigh bandage, which is a skirt.

9. Lipstick contains fish scales

Most lipsticks contain fish scales, which have been added to cosmetics since ancient times to add shine. Of course, this ingredient is processed to make it odourless, crushed and added to lipstick and eyeshadow.

10. The colour of clothes described status

In the Middle Ages, people wore different colours of clothing depending on their class. The highest ranks of society and the nobility wore red. Bankers and merchants wore green. Peasants wore neutral shades such as brown and grey.


Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told you about the secret of the Duchess of Wales Kate Middleton's stylish looks. The wife of Prince William carefully monitors her wardrobe, so each of her outfits is unsurpassed. Read more in our material.

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