Fashion is fantastic and here we have a few facts that even the wildest of you fashionistas wouldn’t believe!
1. Marylin Monroe’s birthday suit
In the famous ‘Happy Birthday Mr President’ sang by Marylin Monroe to JFK on his birthday, the legendary actress is wearing a jewel encrusted dress that holds the world record for the most expensive piece of clothing ever sold. It went for $1,267,500 in 1999.
2. Children’s clothing didn’t exist before the 19th century
Before 1800, kids wore miniature versions of what adults wear. So, there was no concept of children’s clothing more than 200 years ago.
3. Lead foundation
Lead is poisonous, yet from the ancient Greek era all the way up until the 19th century, women used lead based foundation to make their skin lighter.
It was incredibly dangerous – Queen Elizabeth I used a mix of lead and vinegar to achieve her milky, porcelain complexion. However, it is most likely the cause of her death.
She was unwell, depressed and weak when she died and though there was no post mortem, it is generally believed she died of blood poisoning caused by her lead makeup. Definitely a fashion trend to avoid!
4. Dorothy’s famous red shoes were stolen
There’s no place like home – well, it’ll take you a long time to get there. There are four pairs of the famous sparkly ruby slippers Dorothy wears in the 1939 motion picture of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and one of them was stolen from the Judy Garland museum, Minnesota, in 2005.
The case to find them was re-opened in 2013 and the shoes are valued to be between an astounding $600,000 – $2,000,000!
The crime was unsophisticated, someone just walked in to the museum, smashed the glass case they were held in and took them.
Security cameras were off and no fingerprints were found – that robber has one pricey pair of shoes.
5. The bikini took inspiration from the atomic bomb
Hard to believe, but true.
The name ‘bikini’ actually refers to Bikini Atoll, the site where atomic bomb testing by the USA took place.
Louis Reard coined the name ‘bikini’ because he believed the name encompassed the sexy suit, with its tiny amount of material, hoping it would cause the same shock that the atomic bomb did.