fashion history

News

Beyonce wears one onstage. So does Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, and Madonna. Ebay has sold 1,900 of them in the past three months. Vintage boutiques are marking up their prices like mad. What are they? Corsets, of course! The Spanx of the Victorian era is back in a big way, and their recent popularity has… READ MORE »


Style

I came across a little tidbit in the “Hot Contents” section of Elle’s July issue that said advertising man Henry Nelson McKinney popularized the term “sneakers” while working on a 1917 Keds campaign. The athletic shoes, as Keds were known before this clever moment, had a rubber sole that allowed the wearer to sneak behind… READ MORE »


Style

Back in the 16th century, a woman showed her status with the height of her highly-impractical platform shoes. In Italy, however, it wasn’t fashionable to show off your chopines, as the columnar platform shoes from the Renaissance were known. The higher the platform, the more fabric was needed for the dresses of upper-class women and… READ MORE »