Posts tagged "fashion history"

Corset Sales Are Skyrocketing, But Why?

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 ha…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / June 21, 2012

Where Does The Word “Sneakers” Come From?

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…

By: Annika Harris / June 30, 2010

Platform Shoes Were Originally A 16th Century Symbol Of Economic Standing

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…

By: Annika Harris / February 24, 2010