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Festivals: Wave-Gotik-Treffen
posted on Sun, Nov 11th, 2018

Wave-Gotik-Treffen is an annual world festival for “dark” music and arts held in Leipzig, Germany. Spread over several venues in the city, this four-day festival is a host to more than 150 bands and artists of various backgrounds. The date of the WGT varies every year as it is held in the holiday weekend of Pfingsten also known as Pentecost or Whitsun which is 7 weeks after Easter. This festival supports artists from backgrounds like Gothic rock, Industrial, Neofolk, Darkwave, Experimental, Deathrock and Punk music, to name a few. This festival also features several fairs with medieval, gothic, and cultural merchandise. With about 20,000 people attending this festival, the WGT is one of the largest events of Goth, Cybergoth, Steampunk and Rivethead subcultures worldwide.

Misc: Grip Powder
posted on Sun, Nov 11th, 2018

Grip powder is a high sweat absorbing powder / cream that prevents grip from slipping. It gives a cool, dry feel and helps in giving complete control of the object in hand. The powder is helpful not only in sports such as tennis, gymnastics, and weight lifting, it also helps maneuvering around a pole during pole dancing.

Jewelry: Bracelet
posted on Wed, Oct 31st, 2018

A bracelet is an accessory that is worn not just as an ornament but it serves other purposes as well. When worn as jewelry, it is used as an accessory to the garment. When worn for cultural and religious purposes, it represents sentiments. A bracelet is also used to solve health issues. Versatile and multi-utilitarian, it can be made from various materials, such as, metal, leather, cloth, plastic, and even beads. Sometimes, jewelry bracelets have rocks, shells, crystals or pearls in them. Depending on the clasp, a bracelet can also be called a bangle. A bangle is usually single and has an inflexible loop. When worn around the ankle, it is called an ‘anklet’. Similarly, when worn around the upper arm it is an ‘armlet’, and a ‘boot bracelet’ when it is used to decorate boots.

Festivals: The Voodoo Fest
posted on Sun, Oct 28th, 2018

The Voodoo Music & Arts Experience, or the Voodoo Fest, is a music and arts festival that lasts several days and is held in City Park in New Orleans. Twice nominated for Pollstar Music Festival of the Year, it has hosted more than 2000 artists since its inception. National artists of all genres, like, Foo Fighters, Eminem, Red Hot Chili Peppers, 50 Cent, Duran Duran and even Ozzy Osbourne, have participated in this festival. This event was first held in 1999 on a Halloween weekend. Initially, it was a single day event on October 30th. In 1999, the festival consisted of three stages and a mix of local and national acts that included artists such as Wyclef Jean and Moby. Gradually, as the market for festivals grew in the US, Voodoo Fest got extended to three days.

Festivals: Halloween
posted on Sat, Oct 20th, 2018

Halloween is a celebration of Christian origin observed in the UK, the US, and many other countries, on October 31. It originated with the Celtic festival of Samhain about 2000 years ago in the Ireland region. The Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead becomes blurred. And, Halloween was the night when ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In the eighth century A.D., Pope Gregory III declared November 1 as a time to honor all saints and soon All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before this Day was known as All Hallows Eve and later on popularized as Halloween. To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires where people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifice to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, mainly to ward off ghosts.

Style: Steampunk Fashion
posted on Sat, Oct 20th, 2018

Think steampunk, and the images of post-apocalyptic designed bustier, bodices and jackets come up. Steampunk fashion is a sub-genus of the steampunk movement in science fiction. It is a mixture of science literature and European industrialization. Since its emergence, the aesthetic of steampunk fashion has remained constant whatsoever. Even though this genre was more widespread during the 20th century, it is said to have existed way earlier than that. It grew along with goth and punk movements during the 1980s and 1990s. Variants such as cyberpunk and diesel-punk is said to have emerged during the 1980s as well.

Festivals: Mardi Gras Tradition
posted on Fri, Oct 12th, 2018

Mardi Gras is a tradition associated with age old pagan celebrations of spring and fertility. It first originated in Medieval Europe at the time when Christianity arrived in Rome. The religious leaders then incorporated these traditions into the new faith. This tradition passed through Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th century to the French House of the Bourbons.

Accessories: Hats
posted on Fri, Oct 12th, 2018

‘I wear my hat upon my head, I wear my hat upon my hair, I wear it here, I wear it there, my hat and I go everywhere’ – sing the kids in their school. The hat is a versatile accessory and very useful at that. It can be worn for various reasons, be it weather, ceremonies, religious purposes, safety, or even as a fashion accessory. Earlier, a hat used to be an indicator of social status. The military hats denote nationality, rank, branch of service and regiment.

Style: Drag
posted on Fri, Sep 28th, 2018

Drag is slang for wearing clothing of the opposite sex. The term is generally associated with drag queens who are males dressed up in women’s clothing. They often act with exaggerated femininity and wear exaggerated make up for dramatic effects. Some of the reasons people do drag are self-expression, entertainment, or even fulfilling own desires. Drag queens vary widely by class and culture and dedication. Many of their activities involve stage and street performance, singing, dancing and participation in events such as gay pride parades, dark pageants or venues such as cabarets and discotheques.

Misc: Pole Dancing
posted on Fri, Sep 28th, 2018

Think of pole dancing and images of nude women, swinging seductively around a fixed pole, come up. Interestingly though, pole dancing wasn’t meant for strip dancing at all. Its origin, like many things medieval, is not quite clear. According to some theories, the beginnings were traced to a type of sexual dance of African tribes. Again, “mallakhamb” a popular Indian sport is similar to pole dancing, but this sport is meant for male athletes who perform on a wide, wooden pole with a wooden edge. In China, pole climbing is one of the main traditional performances. Here, too, this is performed by male athletes with the use of two 6-meter poles.

Materials: Gold
posted on Mon, Sep 24th, 2018

Gold holds a special place in every human’s heart. Since time immemorial, people have used gold in many ways be it in religion, decoration or even for medicinal purposes. It is a precious metal that is associated with wealth, prosperity, and abundance. Not just the metal, even the color gold is associated with success, passion, magic, and wisdom!

Clothing: Boleros
posted on Mon, Sep 24th, 2018

A Bolero is a short jacket that barely reaches the waist. It is generally worn by men in Spain, but women, too, wear it, usually over a blouse or bodice. Often colored, it owes its origin from bull fighting outfit that percolated down to women’s fashion. A style that started in the 1860s, it has definitely seen a lot of followers till date. The story of its origin is rather fascinating. The Torero in the bullfighting arena needed a light jacket that didn’t hinder movement and that could be discarded quickly if the horn of the bull reached him. At the same time the strike dress code was also to be adhered to. So, in the early 19th century, the bolero was designed to serve both purposes. Soon enough, it caught the fancy of the society ladies. It suited the dressing style of that period, as the jacket was short and so much more convenient than a long jacket.

Festivals: Burning Man
posted on Tue, Sep 11th, 2018

Is it a festival? Not exactly. Burning Man is a community, it is a movement. Held in Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA, it’s a global cultural movement where a temporary city is built around this concept. There are no entertainments, no corporate sponsorship, nothing of the sort. It’s a ‘de-commodified’ space that values who you are and not what you have. It’s a place where you can collaborate, be inclusive, be creative and clean up after yourself. First held in 1986 on Baker Beach in San Francisco as a small function organised by Larry Harvey and Jerry James who built the first “Man” (an 8-ft high wooden model), it is held annually spanning a period from last Sunday in August to first Monday in September. The event takes its name from its culmination, the symbolic ritual burning of a large wooden effigy of the Man, which traditionally takes place on the Saturday evening of the event.

Misc: Gifts and Gifting
posted on Fri, Sep 7th, 2018

What is the most exciting part about your birthday? The dress, the cake, the party? Or let’s be honest. It’s the gifts. Getting gifts is a feeling that tops even the presence of that cute boy you invited to the party. Receiving gifts makes everyone feel so important. Gifting is a tradition that dates as far back as man can remember. Humans are social animals and giving gifts is way of expressing feelings for someone. Whether it’s an expression of love, appreciation of a job well done, or even gratitude for someone, gifting is a way of showing how much one cares. It’s a ritual that is ingrained in our DNA.

Clothing: Thongs
posted on Fri, Aug 31st, 2018

This garment when first created made waves in the fashion world. Whenever celebrities wear them it creates a revolution. So much so, that songs have been written in its name. It’s the thong. Generally worn as an underwear or as swimsuit in some countries, it typically resembles a bikini bottom, the difference is that it just covers the genitals, anus and perineum, leaving the buttocks mostly uncovered. It typically consists of a thin waistband and thin strip of material designed to be worn between the buttocks that connects the middle of the waistband with the bottom front of the garment.

Accessories: Mannequins
posted on Fri, Aug 24th, 2018

Mannequins came into use almost the same time as fashion itself. Over the past century, mannequins have been a symbol of advent for window shopping, women’s liberation, wartime rationing, fiberglass and Twiggy, to name a few. A mannequin reflects attitude towards the female form, how it has changed, its relation to patterns in consumer behavior, and developments in materials and technology in each era.

Materials: Leather Clothing and Accessories
posted on Fri, Aug 24th, 2018

Leather, one of the hallmarks of innovations by humans, saw its inception during the days of the early man. Throughout the centuries to the modern day the use of leather garments and accessories continue to catch our fancy and see it get designed in various colors, shapes and sizes.

Clothing: School Girl Skirts
posted on Mon, Aug 20th, 2018

Of all the trending fashion items, the school girl skirt seems to be evolving in almost every country since its inception. Be it a designer piece by Vivienne Westwood or Alicia Silverstone in “Clueless”, the skirt has created its own space in the fashion industry and in a woman’s closet. The school girl look first emerged in the 1920s with the pleated skirts being paired with sailor-style blouses.

Clothing: Tutus
posted on Mon, Aug 13th, 2018

A tutu is a dress worn mostly as a costume in a ballet performance. Made of tarlatan, muslin, silk, tulle, gauze or nylon, it is mostly worn with a bodice. No one knows how the word “tutu” came to be. It wasn’t even recorded until 1881. One of the most widespread theory is that it may have come from the word “tulle”. Others say it is derived from the then French baby talk for bottom, “cucul”. Basically, there are two types of tutus – the “Romantic” tutu that is soft and bell shaped, reaching the calf or ankle, and the “Classical” tutu that is short and stiff, projecting horizontally from waist and hip.

Accessories: Swords
posted on Mon, Aug 6th, 2018

Be it the light saber, Valyrian steel or the Excalibur, if you’re a geek then you have to have “a sword”. The sword has caught the fantasy of many since ages. To the uninitiated, a sword is a bladed weapon, longer than a knife or a dagger, intended for slashing or thrusting. It is made of a long blade attached to a hilt. The blade can be straight or curved. Thrusting swords have a pointed tip and are straighter. The slashing kind have both its edges sharpened. There are also swords that are designed for both thrusting and slashing.

Accessories: Cufflinks
posted on Sun, Jul 29th, 2018

Ever thought that the tiny little jewelry on your cuff has rules and trends? Well cufflinks are a statement of their own and should be worn with utmost pride. Cufflinks are a type of jewelry that are used in shirt cuffs to secure it. It first made an appearance in the 1600s but did not become quite common until the 18th century. The cuff links were developed for men’s shirt only. Men have been wearing shirts and shirt-like items since 5000 years. After the Middle Ages the visible areas of the shirt, such as the neck, chest and wrists, presented an opportunity for decoration in the form of frills, ruffs and embroidery. Frills that hung down from the sleeves were worn to formal setting during the 18th century and those frills were contained with ribbons or button in casual settings.

Clothing: Shawls
posted on Wed, Jul 25th, 2018

A shawl is a simple garment that is worn loosely over the shoulders, upper body and arms, and sometimes also over the head. Usually a rectangular or square piece of cloth, it is often folded into a triangular shape to be worn over the shoulders. The first shawls were used in the Assyrian times and later went into widespread use in the Middle East.

Footwear: Lolitas
posted on Fri, Jul 20th, 2018

The main feature of the Lolita fashion is the sheer volume and shape of the skirt that is girlish and pretty. The volume can be created with a petticoat or a crinoline underneath and its shape is mainly A-shaped or clock shaped. A Lolita costume mainly consists of a blouse with a skirt or a dress, that extends to the knees. Some Lolitas prefer to wear Victorian style drawers under their petticoats. Followers of this culture usually pair the dress with a fashion wig along with other headwear like hair bows or bonnet or ribbon, and high heels or flat shoes. The One Piece (OP) became a popular garment in that fashion.

Clothing: Pantyhose
posted on Thu, Jul 12th, 2018

Allen Gant Sr., owner of textile company Glen Raven Mills, once asked his wife “How about we made a pair of panties and fastened the stockings to it”? The wife stitched some crude garments together, tried them on, and handed them over to her husband. Allen, then with the help of his colleagues Arthur Rogers, J.O. Austin, and Irvin Combs, developed what they called the “Panti-Legs”. Their product, the world’s first pantyhose, began being sold in department stores in 1959. But not so surprisingly the pantyhose didn’t start to sell off the rack immediately. Though the idea was novel and the product convenient, it actually started selling once women started wearing the miniskirt, that is, in the mid-1960s. Called by various names in different states, for example, “sheer tights” in England, or “tights” or “leggings” in America, the pantyhose proved to be one versatile garment.

Clothing: Robes
posted on Tue, Jul 10th, 2018

The robe is a loose-fitting, comfortable outer garment that is made from rich brocade silk, linen or cotton. It is a sort of a dressing gown that was earlier used during morning ablutions and was also worn in the evening while relaxing. The robe became popular in the western world in the early 1700s. Tracing its history, the actual garment was derived from banyan, an informal coat worn by men in 18th century that has sleeves and body cut as one piece. By the 1800s the ladies began to wear dressing gowns and robes to break free from their tightly laced corsets. Robes were worn with undergarments for breakfast, sewing and general relaxing to maintain propriety around servants.

Accessories: Umbrellas
posted on Thu, Jul 5th, 2018

It’s funny how we don’t think too much about the things we use daily or frequently. It could have an ancient origin or maybe something really new. One of them is the umbrella. The origin of umbrella is quite eventful. In its earliest appearances, the umbrella was made of a simple palm leaf. Although it’s a general accessory now, the palm leaf umbrella used to be a status symbol. The umbrellas, of course, were used for protection from the rain and the sun as well.

Clothing: Aprons
posted on Fri, Jun 29th, 2018

Derived from the French word “naperon”, meaning a small tablecloth, an apron is a garment worn in the front of the body for practical, decorative and ritualistic purposes. Aprons can also depict the rank or a group affiliation of the wearer. Often the first garment a sewing student learns to stitch, its design can be simple and tough or delicate and intricate. Made of cotton, muslin, linen, canvas leather, rubber or lead, the apron’s material depends on its functionality.

Clothing: Garters
posted on Thu, Jun 28th, 2018

Garters are narrow bands of fabric fastened about the leg, used to keep the stockings or socks from slipping. In the 18th to 20th centuries, the garters were worn just beneath the knee. Although after the advent of the elastic the need for garters has reduced, it is still used as a fashion accessory. They are worn by men and women alike depending on the fashion trends. It consists of an elasticated material strip that is usually 2 to 3 inches (5.1 to 7.6 cm) in width. It can be wider. Two or three elastic suspender slings are attached on each side where the material is shaped to the contour of the body. Suspenders are typically clipped to stockings with metal clips into which a rubber disc is inserted through stocking material to hold it in place.

Clothing: Kikoys
posted on Wed, Jun 20th, 2018

The kikoy (also spelled kikoi), is a garment that is traditionally used by men as a wraparound in countries where the weather is hot. The Kikoy cloth dates back to first century AD and was worn by Arab traders. Over the years, Kenyan fishermen and East Africans integrated the Kikoy fabric as a part of their traditional dress because of their beautiful, vibrant colors and designs. The traditional handwoven cloth from Kenya is rectangular in shape with a length of 160 cm and width of 100 cm.

Clothing: Teddies
posted on Thu, Jun 14th, 2018

A teddy, or the camiknicker, is a garment that covers the torso and crotch in one garment. Earlier it was referred to as “teddy bear” or “teddy bear suits”, now it’s just “teddy”. It looks similar to a swimsuit or bodysuit but is typically loose and more sheer. Formerly called “envelope chemise”, it came up around 1911 and was worn next to skin, replacing the bra and panties, or over the bra like a slip. It is put on by stepping into the leg holes and pulling the garment up to cover the torso. As an undergarment, it combines the function of a camisole and panties. It can also pass as lingerie.

Clothing: Bandoliers
posted on Thu, Jun 7th, 2018

From military men to Michael Jackson, the Bandolier has been the bad ass companion for people of action. A Bandolier, originally, was a common issue to soldiers from the 16th century to the 18th century, known to have contained either pre-packaged chargers, or small containers of wood, metal or cloth containing the measured amount of gunpowder. Although any bag worn in the same style may also be described as a bandolier bag, an ammunition holding pocketed belt can also be called a bandolier. The design evolved in the 19th century when the bandolier started holding more modern metallic cartridges and hand grenades. The bandolier was used to keep ammunition off the soldier’s hips, as carrying too much weight on the hips can constrain movement.

Clothing: Cinchers
posted on Sat, Jun 2nd, 2018

Two years after the World War II, Christian Dior, the French couturier heralded the ‘New Look’ that took the world by storm. The New Look symbolized radical femininity – tight-fitting jackets, A-line skirts and cinched waist. A waist cincher or a “waspie” is a belt worn around the waist to make the wearer’s waist physically smaller, or to create the illusion of being small. The clincher existed even in the 1900s. Back then they were worn on top of clothes and were more of a fashion statement. With time, the clincher like corsets and girdles started being worn as undergarments.

Clothing: Scarf - Scarves
posted on Sun, May 27th, 2018

Queen Nefertiti, known for her beauty and brains, was also known for bringing about a modern accessory in trend – the scarf. As far back as 1300 BC, Queen Nefertiti wore a scarf-like fabric under her iconic cone shaped head dress. A scarf is a piece of fabric made from cotton, silk, wool, or other material, and it is worn around the neck for warmth, protection from sun, religious purposes, or fashion.

Clothing: Camisoles
posted on Sun, May 27th, 2018

Ever since you noticed Alicia Wikander’s camisole and boyfriend jeans, you must have thought of replicating the look for yourself. And why not! Camisoles are not just stylish, they are sexy as well. Also known as cami, the camisole is a loose fitting sleeveless woman’s undergarment that covers the top part of the body. This waist length, button-less undergarment came into existence in early 20th century and was worn under the corset, and then as the dressing style evolved it started to be worn over the bra.

Materials: Fishnets
posted on Thu, May 10th, 2018

Red nail polish, red lipstick and stilettos, all signs of femininity and sexual intrigue. But one thing that binds them together is the fishnet stockings. A fishnet is a type of hosiery with an open, diamond shaped knit that is mostly used as stockings, tights or body-stockings. Although available in many colors, black is the most popular one.

Clothing: Tunics
posted on Thu, May 10th, 2018

The Greeks wore it, the Romans wore it and so did the Celts. Derived from the Latin word “tunica”, a tunic is a type of garment that reaches from shoulders to anywhere between the hips and the ankles. Worn by, both, men and women in ancient Rome, this is a basic garment that now can be seen in various styles and lengths.

Accessories: Lighters
posted on Tue, May 1st, 2018

The cave man couldn’t possibly imagine fire can be produced even without rubbing two rocks together. But when man started rubbing matches he certainly wanted something that would produce the fire without having to strike so much. One thing led to another and Mother Necessity gave birth to the lighter. The first lighters were converted flintlock pistols that used gunpowder.

Accessories: Eyewear
posted on Sat, Apr 28th, 2018

Eyes are the windows to our soul and the eye wear attracts a lot of attention to it. They also affect how trust worthy we look. Fashionable or not, they certainly are champs at making first impressions.

Clothing: Leotards
posted on Sun, Apr 22nd, 2018

Ever seen Jane Fonda in those barely-there leotards and wonder where that workout costume came from? It is the leotard that catapulted her from actress to a worldwide sex symbol and is used as an example of fitness till now. A leotard is a skin-tight one-piece garment that covers the torso and leaves the legs exposed. Worn by acrobats, dancers, athletes and circus performers among others, they are often teamed up with ballet skirts on top and tights and, sometimes, bike shorts as underwear.

Clothing: Leg Warmers
posted on Sat, Apr 21st, 2018

Think Madonna from the 80s and you’ll conjure up a blonde girl with a netted skirt, half shirt, and a leg warmer. The trend of the iconic leg warmers continues to this day, in various colors and lengths. A leg warmer is a garment that covers the lower legs, look similar to socks but is thicker and, usually, footless. Made of various fabrics like wool, cotton, or synthetic fibers, the leg warmer varies in length depending on the stretchiness of the fabric. Commonly worn between the ankle and just below the knee, you can wear it anyway you want.

Style: Military
posted on Tue, Apr 17th, 2018

The Military style clothing came into being after the World War I due to a supposed deficiency of casual garments. The hippies were the first to embrace the military style clothing during the 1960s. But its popularity as a mass fashion trend peaked during the 80s and also found influence in women’s fashion. From camouflage prints to military coats, the military fashion trends take cue from a soldier’s apparel.

Clothing: Rompers
posted on Tue, Apr 10th, 2018

Can a piece of clothing be worn by, both, babies and adults? Can it prove to be comfortable for both? Oh yes, it can. Say hello to the Romper! The Romper has been baby wear since the early 1900s. It is a form of clothing where its bottom is connected to the top and covers the arms and the legs. In the early 1900s, they were popular playwear for children in the U.S. as they were perceived to have ample moving space and comfort of wearing. The first advertisement for rompers came out as a “pinafore” like garment that is easy to play in and made of pure cotton for easy wash. Rompers in many ways was the first modern casual clothing for children.

Clothing: Gloves
posted on Tue, Apr 10th, 2018

As the name suggests the “glove” is a garment covering the hand. Derived from the Old English word “glof” it was first seen in 440 BC when the Greeks used it to protect their hands in boxing matches or while working. According to translations of Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’, Laertes wore gloves while walking in the garden so as to avoid the brambles. But these gloves seemed to be different from the gloves we wear today. Gloves those days were more of a “gauntlet”. A gauntlet could be made of leather or some kind of metal armor and was an essential part of a soldier’s uniform. Thankfully, with the advent of firearms, hand to hand combat reduced, and with it, the use of gauntlet also went down.

Jewelry: Head Pieces
posted on Sun, Mar 25th, 2018

With status comes prestige and with prestige comes fashion. One of the most common pieces of women’s fashion since time immemorial is the head piece. Be it metallic, mesh-work, fringed or made with precious stones, the headpiece has been long associated with royalty. It also has religious significance. A head piece, worn for decoration or protection, is typically a thin metallic crown, headband, or tiara worn around the forehead.

Materials: Feathers
posted on Wed, Mar 21st, 2018

The Egyptians wore it, and so did the Amazonians, and later the Europeans. Prada, Fendi and Burberry might have glamorized it now, but the feathers have been around since the Ancient Ages.

Clothing: Bandeaus
posted on Thu, Mar 15th, 2018

What is common between sportswomen of the Roman Ages, medieval day nuns and present-day pop stars? The band around the breast, called “bandeau”! In French, “bandeau” simply means a garment comprising a strip of cloth. Today, this term is used for a type of garment that wraps around a woman’s breasts. Be it for sports, swimwear or fashion, the bandeau is now accepted as a regular wear item.

Materials: Mirrors
posted on Mon, Mar 12th, 2018

Since prehistoric times, human beings were curious about how they look. Water was nature’s way of providing the early man a way to look at himself. But of course, more clarity was needed. Although, the first man made glass dates way back to the 4000 BC, it was in 1500 BC that the first hollow glass container was made by covering a sand core with a layer of molten glass. The technique of blowing glass was invented in Babylon in 1 AD.

Clothing: Socks
posted on Mon, Mar 5th, 2018

Did you know there’s a town in China named Datang that produces 8 billion pairs of socks per year? And why not! Socks protect you from the cold. It protects you from sweat on a hot day. It can be worn with shoes or even without. This is one garment that even the stone age man used. If you’re one of those, who don’t give much thought to what kind of socks you’ll wear with your ensemble, you’ll be surprised to know that they have been a symbol of modernity and style even before your great-great grandfather’s time.

Clothing: Neckties
posted on Sun, Feb 25th, 2018

The controversial necktie, a piece of clothing worn usually by men around the neck and knotted at the throat, is a “pointless and cumbersome accessory” for some and a symbol of elegance and refinement for others. The tie worn today evolved in the 1920s but that design has undergone many changes with the times, the main change being in the way it is tied.

Clothing: Miniskirts
posted on Fri, Feb 23rd, 2018

The miniskirt, a jewel in the crown of the sixties fashion, still holds a special place in the hearts of many fashionistas. The garment, however, originated more than 3000 years ago, say archaeologists. They found Vinca Figurines, from the Vinca culture, which looked like women in miniskirt-like garments.

Clothing: Kilts
posted on Mon, Feb 19th, 2018

We fell in love with Mel Gibson in “Braveheart” with his ripped body and smart kilt. The kilt represented not only the valor of Sir William Wallace but also his spirit of independence. The word “kilt” has a Scandic origin and has been derived from the Old Norse word “kjalta”. Known as the national dress of Scotland, it was first seen way back in the 16th century when it appeared as the belted plaid or “great kilt”. It was a full length garment whose upper half was worn as a cloak draped over the shoulder.

Clothing: The Hoodie
posted on Mon, Jan 22nd, 2018

A "hoodie", simply put, is a sweatshirt with a hood. The word "hood" has been derived from the Anglo-Saxon word "hod" that translates to the English word “hat”. This garment style first found its roots in Medieval Europe, with monks wearing the hooded robes and a chaperone wearing a hooded cape.

Clothing: Tiaras
posted on Thu, Jan 18th, 2018

A Tiara is a jeweled, ornamental crown traditionally worn by women, during formal occasions, particularly if the dress code is white tie.

Clothing: Cardigans
posted on Mon, Jan 15th, 2018

The cardigan is a collarless sweater or a jacket that opens full length down the front. It is such a common piece of clothing that you might not have given much thought to when it was invented and how it became popular.

Clothing: Monokinis
posted on Fri, Jan 12th, 2018

Inventor of the monokini, Rudy Gernreich, rightly said, “Bosom will be uncovered within five years”. This was back in 1964. And that was the beginning of the revolutionary monokini, which was originally a topless swimsuit that exposed the female breasts.

Clothing: Halter Neck Tops
posted on Wed, Jan 10th, 2018

Imagine a soft summer breeze, sitting beside the fountain with an ice cream cone in your hand. What goes with it? A halter neck top. A halter neck is a style of women’s clothing that has its shoulder straps running from the front of the garment to the back of the neck, leaving most of the back uncovered. The name has been derived from livestock halters. Used with swimsuits to maximize sun exposure, it is also quite popular with shirts or dresses to create a backless design. The halter design was at its most popular during the late 1960s and 70s.

Clothing: Catsuits
posted on Sat, Jan 6th, 2018

When Halle Berry, in her black catsuit and red lips, mouthed meow in “Catwoman”, many hearts went fluttering. A catsuit is a one-piece form-fitting garment that covers the whole body, of course, in variations of designs. Usually in stretchable material such as lycra, chiffon, spandex, or latex, they are designed with a zipper in the front or back or pulled on over with a neck opening.

Materials: Faux Leather PU
posted on Fri, Dec 29th, 2017

One way of being cruel to animals is producing leather! So, scientists have found a feasible substitute to leather – Polyurethane. Invented by Professor Dr. Otto Bayer in 1930s, Polyurethane or PU is a man-made material that can be made into fine threads and when combined with nylon, it is used to make lightweight, stretchable garments. It is a waterproof fabric, but could also be cotton or a poly blend that has been heat laminated to a polyurethane layer. Being light weight and durable they have found use in various industries such as medical, diapers and active wears. Wide spread use of PU was seen during World War II, when they were utilized as substitute for rubber.

Materials: Vegan Leather
posted on Wed, Dec 27th, 2017

Animal cruelty is just one of the many forms of acts of human perversion. You wouldn’t kill a puppy for pleasure, then why kill it to only tear off its furry hide and convert it to a shoe? For years, innocent animals have been inflicted with unspeakable amount of torture just to create products in the name of luxury fashion. But now people are beginning to see the wrong in this and starting to correct the malpractice and finding alternate routes to sustainable materials. One of them is vegan leather.

Accessories: Watches
posted on Fri, Dec 22nd, 2017

Gordon Bethune once said “Watches are the only jewelry man can wear, unless you’re Mr. T”. True to this statement, watches have come a long way from being a timekeeper to a piece of jewelry for both, men and women. But this was not always the case. When the watch was first invented you couldn’t even wear it on your wrist. Queen Elizabeth I in fact helped inspire modern day design of the wrist watch. In 1571, her court favorite, Robert Dudley, gifted her an ‘arm watch’- a watch that could be worn on her arm. After that, Abraham-Louis Perrelet invented pocket watches in 1770, but the first “automatic” wristwatch was invented in 1923 by a British watch repairer named John Harwood.

Materials: Sequins
posted on Mon, Dec 18th, 2017

Year 1922, Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s tomb was found and opened. When his mummy was studied closely, gold sequin like discs were found sewn into his royal garments. It was assumed that his mummy was prepared for the afterlife this way. But sewing on metals and coins was not just prepping for the afterlife but as display and storing of wealth as well. In fact, the word ‘sequin’ has been derived from the word “sikka” meaning coin or coin minting die. Later, sewing gold and precious metals on men’s garments became a status symbol in Egypt, India and Peru, and also to ward off evil.

Jewelry: Jewelry
posted on Sat, Dec 16th, 2017

“Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”, or so goes the quote that describes woman’s love for jewelry. Be it necklace, ring or earring, as long as its stylish, make it rain! But the kind the jewelry we see today is not what it used to be when the concept first came to light.

Footwear: Cowboy Boots
posted on Fri, Dec 15th, 2017

Some argue the Huns wore them first and some say it came from Kansas. Some wear it for work and some for fashion. Whatever the reason, the cowboy boots buzz refuses to die down through the decades.

Footwear: Peep Toes
posted on Mon, Nov 27th, 2017

Not all peeping toms are pesky! Some of them add to your sex appeal. Worry not, we’re talking about shoes here! The peep toe shoe is comparatively a newer cousin to the closed pumps, or simply said, a hybrid of the closed shoe and the open toes shoe.

Clothing: Bikinis
posted on Thu, Nov 23rd, 2017

Garrison Keillor hit the spot when he said, 'A girl in a bikini is like having a loaded gun on your coffee table. There's nothing wrong with them, but it's hard to stop thinking about'. As bikinis are getting tinier and women's bodies getting sexier, this smart piece of clothing is here to stay.

Footwear: Biker Boots
posted on Thu, Nov 23rd, 2017

A sign of rebel and sexiness, the biker boots have long been used in Hollywood for its heroes in similar roles. This is one style of boots that have been made for one purpose but is fashionable in other cults as well. Apart from serving the obvious purpose - biking, the Biker boots are also an icon in the fashion world such as rock style, punk and indie.

Footwear: Sneakers
posted on Wed, Nov 15th, 2017

In the 18th century when the upper class was busy with their heels and boots, the poorer segment wore rubber soled shoes, known as plimsolls. The plimsolls didn't have a right or a left foot and were dubbed "sneakers" as the wearer could sneak around without being heard. In 1876, Charles A Eaton started the world's first trainer company and opened his first shoe factory called Etonic. The sneakers became popular as a training shoe in the 1900s and the earliest running shoe with spikes was invented for atheletes. The process of vulcanization was used to develop canvas upper sneakers called Keds.

Clothing: Corsets
posted on Sun, Nov 12th, 2017

As Jennifer Hewitt said, "To all girls with butts, boobs, hips and a waist, put on a bikini - put it on and stay strong." This powerful medium never fails to inspire positive feelings about ourselves and about our bodies.

Clothing: Jeans
posted on Thu, Nov 9th, 2017

Jeans has been a symbol of culture for 140 years or more. It is one of the simplest, most versatile garment that does not differentiate between classes, gender and age groups.

Clothing: Leather Jackets
posted on Wed, Nov 8th, 2017

The leather jacket dates back to World War I, when the leather bomber was introduced for fighter pilots. It came into commercial use in the 1920s when Irving Schott first invented the motorcycle jacket and sold it for $5.40 at Harley Davidson. Women too were not far behind in flaunting the leather jacket. Amelia Earhart, an early contingent for gender equality, flaunted the aviator leather jacket during both world wars. The leather jacket was popular not only because it looked sexy, it became a must-have because of its protective edge.

Accessories: Wigs
posted on Wed, Nov 8th, 2017

It wasn't till the 16th century, that wigs started being used for cosmetic purposes, to enhance one's appearance. It also solved the practical problem of head lice compelling people to shave their heads and wig was an easy replacement.

Footwear: Thigh High Boots
posted on Mon, Oct 23rd, 2017

Thigh high boots usually conjure up images of musketeers, pirates and cavaliers. Also known as top boots, hip boots or waders, thigh highs have been around since the 15th century. They were usually featured in medieval paintings. Originally created as a man's riding boot in the 15th century, they became a part of women's fashion during late 20th century. This style of boots also gave rise to the term "bootlegging", which came from the practice of concealing hip flasks containing alcohol in the boots.

Accessories: Aviator Sunglasses
posted on Mon, Oct 23rd, 2017

What's common between Tom Cruise in 'Top Gun' and Leonardo DiCaprio in 'Catch Me If You Can'? Both sported the aviator sunglasses for their roles and set a million hearts fluttering. But the Aviators, before becoming a fashion statement, was a utility item for fighter pilots.

Footwear: Monks
posted on Mon, Oct 23rd, 2017

According to a theory, in the 15th century a monk from the Alps created a special form of sandals and the shoes got its name thereafter. An English gentleman took note of the shoes while visiting and took a pair with him home. When he got back to England, the locals were so smitten with the shoe that it became popular almost immediately.

Footwear: GoGo Boots
posted on Mon, Oct 23rd, 2017

Think 1960's, think sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. The year that saw the release of the iconic book "Sex and the Single Girl" also saw the emergence of many whacky fashion trends including the go-go boots.

Footwear: Derbies
posted on Thu, Sep 28th, 2017

A Derby, also known as a Gibson, is a style of boot that is characterized by open lacing, where quarters with shoe lace eyelet are sewn on top of the vamp. This type of shoe became popular as a more comfortable version of the Oxfords that could fit into feet of any shape.

Footwear: Gladiators
posted on Thu, Sep 28th, 2017

As the name suggests, these sandals were worn by Gladiators in the Roman empire. The first Gladiator match was arranged in 274 BC by Marcus and Decimus who wanted to honor their deceased dad, Junius Brutus. This 'sport' filled the stadiums for the next 700 years. It also became the most recognized symbol of historical culture. Needless to say, their footwear had to be sturdy enough to support their bulky bodies and hours of fighting. A symbol of strength and power, it was also worn because of their comfort, durability and flexibility.

Footwear: Brogues
posted on Thu, Sep 28th, 2017

With Katherine Hepburn and Maryln Deitrich incorporating it in their fashion wardrobe and supermodels walking the ramp in it, be assured whether it's shopping or a work day you cannot go wrong with the Brogues.

Footwear: Oxfords
posted on Thu, Sep 28th, 2017

Think Oxford shoes, two things come to mind. Blue eyed British men and high tea parties. But the history of the Oxfords is pretty interesting. There are two theories of origin.

Footwear: Slides
posted on Sun, Sep 10th, 2017

Also known as slide sandal, it is a backless, open-toed shoe that is easy to 'slide' on and off the foot when the wearer wants to. They are either high-heeled or flat and may cover the entire foot from ankle to toe, or may have one or two narrow straps. The strap(s) can be a thick, thin, woven, braided, twisted or knotted. Slides have been in trend because consumers' desire for a more comfortable shoe that allows them to participate in physical activities and sports of their choice.

Footwear: Slippers
posted on Sat, Jul 29th, 2017

The word "slippers" comes from the verb "to slip". Though its origin is thought to be from the East, they have been worn by every culture. It can be described as a light pair of footwear that is easy to put on and off. The various types of slippers include open toe slippers, closed slippers, slipper boots, evening boots and sandal slippers. Functionality was one reason why it became popular in medieval Europe. In 18th century, ladies of royalty had their boudoirs stocked with various fashionable slippers - delicate, with swan feathers, gilled with big lumps and with a little snubbed toe cap.

Footwear: Slingbacks
posted on Tue, Jul 25th, 2017

A slingback is a type of sandal that is distinguished by a strap that crosses behind the heel or ankle. It comes in a wide variety of styles from casual to dressy, with heel height types ranging from a stiletto, a wedge or open- or closed-toe. Usually adjustable through a buckle or elastic segment, it allows the wearer to hold the foot in the sandal securely. The buckle is usually made of metal, plastic or sometimes stone.

Footwear: Mules
posted on Fri, Jul 21st, 2017

A "Mule" is a French word for a shoe that is backless and often closed toed. Predominantly wore by women, the heel size can vary from fat to high. Usually worn within the bedroom, the Mule has a sordid history and when Comtesse d'Olonne, the risqué society beauty, wore a soft red pair of mules to church in 1694, it paved the way for the style. Variations were later seen being donned within the French Court by Madame de Pompadour and Marie Antoinette throughout the eighteenth century.

Footwear: Sandals
posted on Mon, Jul 17th, 2017

It might be one of the most basic shoes in your closet, but sandals have a long history. The Greeks wore them, the Romans fought in them and the Egyptians strutted in them. The sandals have been around since the beginning of organized civilizations.

Footwear: Pumps
posted on Mon, Jul 17th, 2017

The first elevated footwear was seen in ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, and Rome. In Egypt, they were used by the ruling class, trickling down to the middle class in Greece, and then to the masses in Rome. Paradoxically - while the wealthy customized their own designs, heeled shoes were most commonly associated with female prostitutes.

Footwear: Marabous
posted on Wed, Jul 12th, 2017

The Marabou has long been associated with glamor and sex appeal. When the heel was added, it was as though the naked heel and ankle of the woman's foot was placed on a pedestal … needless to say, it looked highly erotic. The Marabou mule soon became trendy in the bedroom.

Footwear: T-Straps
posted on Fri, Jun 30th, 2017

A T-strap shoe basically has a pointed toe with a strap that reaches towards the ankles from the center of the toe to a horizontal strap circling the ankle. This shoe style, very popular during the 1920s when fashion dictated women to show off their legs and feet, covers the ankle and toe but otherwise shows a great deal of the foot. The heel size can vary from one inch to up to three inches.

Footwear: D'Orsays
posted on Tue, Jun 27th, 2017

The d'Orsay was named after and created by Alfred Guillame Gabriel, Count d'Orsay, a prominent noble man, an eclectic artist who married into British aristocracy. A former soldier with the French military, he created the d'Orsay as military shoes in 1838. The flat shoes had low cut sides, to accommodate wide feet and a v-shaped vamp for a snug fit. Although the shoes worked for military wear, it became popular amongst the female aristocrats who soon adopted the style.

Footwear: Mary Janes
posted on Fri, Jun 23rd, 2017

Bar shoes became known as Mary Janes after the Brown Shoe Company of Missouri began marketing the shoes naming it after the popular cartoon character Buster Brown and his sister Mary Jane in 1904. While Mary Janes have remained popular young girls' footwear, adult women began to wear them in the 1960's and there's no looking back since then.

So, what classifies as a Mary Jane? It will have at least one strap, if not more. It will always, always have closed tip, but the heel size depends on the comfort of the wearer.

Footwear: Wedges
posted on Wed, Jun 21st, 2017

If wedges are your knight in shining armor during style crisis days, you have Salvatore Ferragamo to thank. It was 1940 when Italy plunged into a crisis for its economic sanctions against it and Salvatore Ferragamo could no longer purchase steel for his traditional heels. He experimented with pieces of Sardinian cork, pushing and gluing and fixing and trimming until the entire space between the sole and the heel was blocked solid. After a few weeks, it became one of the most popular styles.

Accessories: Backpacks
posted on Mon, Jun 19th, 2017

The only difference between backpacks and Stone Age tools is that backpacks are only 130 years old. Many cultures have employed sacks, baskets and bags carried on their backs for centuries, and evidence of a functional backpack, known as the Otzi backpack, dated back to 3300 BC.

Footwear: Stilettos
posted on Thu, Jun 8th, 2017

A classic piece of footwear, be it on the runaway, out with friends, or at the workplace, stilettos are a friendly pair to move with. When Roger Vivier designed the shoe for Dior in 1954, he didn’t just create a new genre of heels, he created a sensation, a statement that enabled women to emphasize their body line and their sexuality. In a time when poodle skirts, saddle shoes, and pony tails were in style, leather and denim became popular as the rebellious counterpart. Stilettos added a sexier edge to the ruggedness.