Facts About Fashion Around The Countries Of The World
As a habitual trend lying in how humans dress, fashion has been a major factor that holds some distinctions when viewed from different cultural and social perspectives. Till today, there are 100 official events and 40 Fashion Weeks held in the different corners of the world, and the most popular Fashion Weeks are observed in the highly esteemed fashion capitals namely New York, London, Milan, Berlin and Paris. Each of these capitals bears testimonies to their individual traits and longstanding glory.
Following are some interesting facts about the entire fashion industry around the world.
Traditional facts which used to be prevalent worldwide:
In the Medieval ages, the color of an individual’s clothing represented the profession and social rank of that individual. Here are the colors which represented the social ranks and professions of people.
- Red used to be the color of clothing for aristocratic society as well as the nobility.
- Gray and brown used to be the colors of clothing for the peasantry.
- Green used to be the major color of clothing for gentry, bankers and merchants.
Facts about Americans:
- Average Americans have 7 pairs of blue jeans.
- An average US household spends at least 3.8% of its income only on clothing which is equal to $1,700 per individual. In 1950, it was estimated that an average American used to spend around 11% of his or her income on clothing.
- The projected cost of clothing for an American woman over her lifetime is $125,000 which equates to 3,000 items consisting of 185 dresses, 145 bags and 271 pairs of shoes.
- In order to test bombs during the Second World War, the US military had been to the island Bikini Atoll, which was the inspiration behind the naming of the bikini.
- New York is the first city to start holding an official Fashion Week. Their first Fashion Week held in 1943 was observed with the purpose of distracting people’s attention away from the exhibits of French fashion during the Second World War. The show was actually intended to pave the way for American designers to make a solid start.
- W. Griffith, a silent film producer working in Hollywood, was the first filmmaker to introduce fake eyelashes which were intended to enhance the eyelids of the movie’s actress. The eyelashes were made out of real human hair.
Facts about Romans:
- Initially, togas were used by both men and women. However, at the advent of the 3rd century BC, only prostitutes were ordered to wear togas while respectable women were required to wear stolas.
- In Rome, only magistrates and emperors could use purple clothing in public as this sort of clothing was reserved exclusively for them.
Facts about French:
- Christian Dior designed the A-line skirt and the pencil skirt. The Frenchman is single-handedly given the credits for inspiring the 1950s French fashion.
- Napoleon, the widely recognized French statesman, is often misunderstood as a man to love wars, but practically, he contributed to the trend of fashion in many ways. Napoleon’s soldiers used to wipe their noses on their jackets’ sleeves, which in turn made Napoleon tired. So, he decided to add buttons on the sleeves, which gradually contributed to the trend that we have buttons on our jackets’ sleeves.
Facts about Chinese fashion:
At the advent of the 20th century, small feet were believed to have been beautiful in Chinese culture which required that women bind their feet from their childhood so that they could keep their feet smaller in size.