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Fashion History

What Would You Have Looked Like 100 Years Ago?

The Huffington Post | Sara Roncero-Menendez | Posted 04.30.2014 | Style

From the scrunchies and jean jackets that dominated the 1980s to the plaid shirts and heavy boots that defined 1990s grunge, everyone has their favori...

From Manly to Sexy: The History of the High Heel

Lisa Wade | Posted 04.06.2013 | Style
Lisa Wade

Men were the first sex to don the shoe. They were adopted by the European aristocracy of the 1600s as a signal of status. The logic was: only someone who didn't have to work could possibly go around in such impractical footwear.

Do You Know How The Thong Came To Be?

The Huffington Post | Michelle Persad | Posted 02.01.2013 | Style

Hint: Sisqo had nothing to do with it.

PHOTOS: Chicago History Museum's New Digital Costume Collection

Posted 07.19.2012 | Chicago

Given that Chicago isn't particularly known as one of the nation's most fashion-forward cities, you might be surprised to find out it is home to the w...

Why Chanel's Little Black Jacket Is a Really Big Deal

Katherine LaGrave | Posted 08.08.2012 | Style
Katherine LaGrave

Chanel was a woman of great spirit and determination, and it was with this spirit that she was inspired to design a jacket that was not only pleasing on the eyes, but was something women -- and even men -- could feel comfortable in.

QUIZ: Who Designed Halle Berry's Famous Oscars Gown? And More Fashion Trivia

The Huffington Post | Sarah Leon | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style

Do you know which supermodel's daughter landed a Bottega Veneta fragrance campaign? Or who designed Halle Berry's famous dress from the 2002 Academy A...

QUIZ: Which Model Was Born Laura Hollins And More Fashion Trivia

The Huffington Post | Sarah Leon | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style

Do you know which model appeared on three consecutive covers of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue? Or who designed Audrey Hepburn's wardrobe in "B...

QUIZ: Which Designer Debuted In 'Clueless' And More Fashion Trivia

The Huffington Post | Sarah Leon | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style

Do you know which model is a twin? Or who invented the mini skirt? Take our quiz below and test your knowledge of fashion trivia. Want more? Be...

The Mini Wars

Vicky Tiel | Posted 01.22.2012 | Style
Vicky Tiel

The Mini Wars or the debate over WHO invented the miniskirt and the wrap dress is heating up again.

A Century of Chic: 100 Years, 100 Designers

Tess Ghilaga | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Tess Ghilaga

If you're a fashion history buff like me, then feast your eyes on this new book, offering a view of the evolution, personas, and cultural phenomenon coursing through this industry.

PHOTOS: A First Lady First? Michelle Obama Wears Vintage!

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

First she showed us fashion's future-- and now she is giving us a glimpse into our nation's fashion history.

PHOTOS: Meet America's Once-Great, Now-Obscure Designers

Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

*Scroll down for photos* Last night, guests from New York City, Los Angeles, and London braved a torrential downpour to attend a "Forgotten Fashion" ...

PHOTOS: The World's Most Famous Fashion Editor

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

Vreeland's very appearance reflected her mantra that beauty could sometimes be strange and even alarming.

PHOTOS: Secondhand Tablecloth-Wearer & Style Icon Ali MacGraw

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

MacGrawn originally began her career in fashion, working at one point as an assistant to legendary editor Diana Vreeland. Perhaps this influenced her wonderfully innovative approach to dressing.

PHOTOS: The Most Famous Costume Designer Of All Time

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 04.23.2013 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

Ms. Head's snippets of advice and witticisms were as closely heeded as those attributed to Coco Chanel, and they remain relevant today: "You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it."

PHOTOS: Eccentric Style Icon And Designer Muse The Marchesa Casati

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

Unlike our other style icons, Casati had her true heyday before World War I -- yet her occult-ish look continues to inspire history-minded fashion insiders generations later.

PHOTOS: Meet This Heiress, Muse And True Style Icon

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

Today we pay our respects to the great Nancy Cunard, a heiress, activist, and provocateur who shunned a spoiled existence to wage war on the racist attitudes of her generation.

PHOTOS: Suzy Parker, The World's First Supermodel

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

Contemporary audiences will immediately notice how comparatively mature Parker appears compared to today's supermodels. Aesthetics were very different in Parker's day: women strived to look sophisticated, rather than half their age.

PHOTOS: Screen Siren And True Style Icon Marlene Dietrich

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

Marlene Dietrich is one of my personal heroines. The epitome of Old Hollywood glamour, Dietrich also exuded sex appeal - and yet never veered into crassness. Mystery and subtext were Dietrich's forms of currency; today's bare-all stars could take a lesson or two from her.

PHOTOS: Meet Elsa Schiaparelli, Coco Chanel's Fiercest Rival

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

This lavishly creative designer was once as revered and famous as Coco Chanel, who referred to her rival as "that Italian artist who makes clothes." Schiaparelli collaborated on pieces and collections with artists Salvador Dalí, Jean Cocteau, and Alberto Giacometti.

PHOTOS: Josephine Baker, A True Style Icon

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

*Scroll down for the full slideshow* In 2007, we launched on this site ...

Fashion As Social History

The New York Review of Books | Martin Filler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The most notable change in female fashion during the past three decades has had nothing to do with such age-old preoccupations as hemline length, neck...

Let's Bring Back: 10 Comeback-Worthy Looks From The Met's 'American Woman' Exhibit (PHOTOS)

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

Today New York City's Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute will open its new exhibit, "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity." Gazing at the glamorous finery of eras past, as usual I found myself wishing back certain flourishes and trappings, from hand-held fans to white gloves to turbans.

Women, Pants, & Politics

Tove Hermanson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Tove Hermanson

In every major instance of feminist upheaval, women's clothing has been examined as both a symbolic and literal reflection of women's inequality in society.

The Secret Sexy Life of Zippers

Tove Hermanson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Tove Hermanson

After reading the recent NYTimes article highlighting Eddie Feibusch's zipper business in New York's Lower East Side, I was reminded of the history of the not-so-humble zipper.