The Fierce Fashion History Quiz


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Dress has always been used as both a statement of belonging and individuality. But what were some of the earliest "fashions?" Journey through fashion history with this quiz at HowStuffWorks.

What was the main textile that has been preserved from ancient Egyptian fashion?

In prehistoric graves, linen is often found.


What is the name given to silk production?

Silk has been a traditionally important textile in Asian cultures, and silkworm production has been historically significant there.


Every weaving technique now known had been discovered in China by what time?

The Chinese had mastered textiles extremely early.


What color clothing is often worn in Korean culture?

By 600 C.E., white clothing appears to have signifiance in Korean life.


The loincloth-like dhoti and the women's sari can be found how far back in Hindu culture?

The clothes are still a part of Hindu dress.


What are sumptuary dress laws?

For instance, in 212 B.C.E., Roman law forbid women from wearing more than half an ounce of gold.


The Roman emperor Tiberius forbid men from wearing what?

In the 1st century C.E., Tiberius thought only women should wear such a soft fabric.


Tiberius wasn't the only one. In 14th century England, who was allowed to wear fur?

King Edward III didn't like the idea of poor people wearing the same clothes as him, perhaps.


Russia's Tsar Peter I was even more restrictive. What did he decree?

As a way to modernize the country, Peter the Great declared everyone baby-faced and European-styled.


Joan of Arc was tried for what satorial offense?

Among Joan of Arc's crimes, claimed the Bishop of Beauvais, was donning men's clothing.


Native Americans often used animal skins for clothing. How did they condition and soften the leather?

The oils of the animals were used to make the skins soft and workable.


Classical Greek dress was often personalized how?

The himation (a toga-like garment) in Greek culture could be worn many different ways and gave the wearer a distinct style despite its ubiquitousness.


Women in some Middle Eastern cultures began using a veil and covering themselves completely in public at what time?

In some Middle Eastern cultures, head-to-toe coverings were culturally important before Muslim or Qu'ran influence.


Who was the first designer and couterier to create collections and sew a name into clothing?

Worth became a haute couture pioneer.


What made the Elizabthan-era ruff really blow up?

The ruff could be made quite stiff with starch, and Elizabeth employed the decoration liberally.


Haute couture translates to what in English?

Custom-fitted clothes made particulary for the wearer is referred to as haute couture en francais.


By what time had fashion become more global, and less about nationalistic or regional dress?

By the 19th century, Western fashion followed international trends as opposed to regional.


By the 19th century, women's fashion was largely a product of what nation?

The French style was considered the most fashionable.


19th century men's trends tended to stem from what nation?

In contrast, men's fashion was based on English trends.


What were some infuences on "fashion" extending into the middle and even lower classes?

Societal and economic changes from the Industrial Revolution meant that mass-produced and marketed clothes were more widely available.


What modern staple of Western female dress was first introduced in mid-19th century (but didn't catch on until much later)?

"Bloomers" were first introduced in 1851 but were widely scorned until the 20th century.


Paul Poiret, an extremely influential designer at the turn of the 20th century, advocated what in his designs?

Unfortunately, he also replaced the corset with the brassiere and made extremely restrictive skirts for women.


After the end of World War I, men were interested in having what in their coat closet?

Trench coats were just that: coats worn in WWI trenches. Men, however, enjoyed the idea of a water-repellent jacket and continued using them.


Skirt hemlines rose to knee-length in what era?

The 1920s saw a rising hemline, which was lowered again by the 30s.


When did the zipper become a clothing mainstay?

It wasn't until mid-1935 that the zipper became an appealing fashion fastener.


Who introduced the T-shirt into a closet staple?

Those fashion-forward folks in the Navy gave us the T-shirt.


What has been an extremely modern invention in clothing trends?

For a long time, young people's clothes reflected adult clothing. Any trip to Forever 21 will let you see that they no longer do.


The very first fashion shows were called fashion parades and differed how from the modern runway show?

To keep theft of designs at bay, the shows were secretive for a select audience.


What low-end material did Coco Chanel embrace for womenswear, introducing sportwear into her designs?

Low-end being literal, as previously jersey was primarily used for men's underwear.


The precursor to Amazon and online shopping, who produced the first mail-order catalog for clothing . . .and more?

In the 1870s, Montgomery Ward became the first mail-order company to sell fashion to the masses.


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