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Five Designers and Their Revolutionary Fashion Inventions

Inventions in Fashion

Fashion affects everybody - male and female, old and young, in all parts of the world. The famous phrase clothes make the man is literally true. People wearing a suit seem more professional, even women wearing more masculine clothes to an interview have higher chances to get the job. On the other side, (especially) women who are wearing daring clothes seem more attractive to the opposite sex. Clothes also have a symbolic character. The typical white coat gets associated with doctors or pharmacists and the black robe with a judge. Furthermore, the cultural influence of clothes is very strong. A woman wearing a sari gets associated with India as well as the other way around. Men wearing a Thawb on the other hand get related to countries like the United Arab Emirates or Qatar. The following inventions in fashion had and still have a very strong impact to women, who like to emphasize their asssets. Here are five famous fashion designers and their revolutionary fashion inventions.

Sara Blakely: Spanx

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Sarah Blakely, David Shankbone flickr - CC BY 2.0

Sarah Blakey was born on February 27, 1971 in Florida. She initially wanted to become a lawyer, but failed twice at the universities entrance exam. Today, she is one of the richest female selfmade millionaires in the world. Her invention of the Spanx, firming underwear, made her not only rich but also popular. Women all over the world like to wear them to hide their greases and feel better and more comfortable in their own skin.

Coco Chanel: The Little Black Dress

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Coco Chanel, Mrion Pike Wikimedia - Public Domain

Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel was born on August 19, 1883 in Saumur, France. The french fashion designer and founder of Chanel published a photo of a little black dress in a 1926s issue of the magazine Vogue, which she commented as follows: "This simple dress will be kind of an uniform for all women with taste". Today, its one of the most worn classic fashion items of women from all ages.

Roger Vivier: Stilettos

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Stilettos, sunny yoyo flickr - CC BY-SA 2.0

Roger Vivier was born in 1907 and was a French fashion designer, who was especially famous for his shoe collections. For Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in Londons Westminster Abbey, Vivier designed ruby-filled shoes made out of chevreau leather. His creations - which are shown in several museums in North America and Europe - also include the stiletto shoes from 1954.

Mary Quant: Mini Skirt

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Mary Quant, Jac. de Nijs / Anefo Wikimedia - CC BY-SA 3.0 NL

Mary Quant was born on February 11, 1934 in England. The British fashion designer is especially famous for her creation of the mini skirt in the 1960s. In 1968, the scandalous fashion item gained so much popularity, that girls and young women even started wearing them in winter. Especially during that time, the mini skirt was seen as a provocative and respectless  item, through which self confident women tried to override traditional constraints.

Israel Pilot: Wonderbra

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Wonderbra, José María Mateos flickr - CC BY 2.0

Israel Pilot designed a diagonally extending shoulder strap for an extra comfortable bra during the time when World War II just broke out. This new kind of a bra was called Wonderbra. Pilot applied for a patent in 1941. Today, brands like Victoria's Secret released several copies of the Wonderbra (Push up) under different names like for example the Miracle bra.

Featured image torbakhopper flickr under CC BY-ND 2.0

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