The Fierce Fashion History Quiz

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What was the main textile that has been preserved from ancient Egyptian fashion?
linen
In prehistoric graves, linen is often found.
silk
cotton

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What is the name given to silk production?
silkculture
sericulture
Silk has been a traditionally important textile in Asian cultures, and silkworm production has been historically significant there.
wormculture

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Every weaving technique now known had been discovered in China by what time?
200 B.C.E.
220 C.E.
The Chinese had mastered textiles extremely early.
1400 C.E.

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What color clothing is often worn in Korean culture?
red
purple
white
By 600 C.E., white clothing appears to have signifiance in Korean life.

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The loincloth-like dhoti and the women's sari can be found how far back in Hindu culture?
200 C.E.
200 B.C.E.
The clothes are still a part of Hindu dress.
500 C.E.

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What are sumptuary dress laws?
laws controlling who made clothes
laws for controlling modesty in dress
laws that tried to control spending on clothes or fashions
For instance, in 212 B.C.E., Roman law forbid women from wearing more than half an ounce of gold.

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The Roman emperor Tiberius forbid men from wearing what?
high-heeled shoes
silk
In the 1st century C.E., Tiberius thought only women should wear such a soft fabric.
the color green

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Tiberius wasn't the only one. In 14th century England, who was allowed to wear fur?
only those who ranked as knights (or above)
King Edward III didn't like the idea of poor people wearing the same clothes as him, perhaps.
the royal family
only peasants

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Russia's Tsar Peter I was even more restrictive. What did he decree?
men must shave their beards
everyone had to wear Western clothes
both
As a way to modernize the country, Peter the Great declared everyone baby-faced and European-styled.

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Joan of Arc was tried for what satorial offense?
flaunting her clavicle
showing bare legs
dressing like a man
Among Joan of Arc's crimes, claimed the Bishop of Beauvais, was donning men's clothing.

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Native Americans often used animal skins for clothing. How did they condition and soften the leather?
the oils of the animal's brains
The oils of the animals were used to make the skins soft and workable.
stomping on it for hours at a time
leaving it in water for days

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Classical Greek dress was often personalized how?
different styles of draping or pleating
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.
length of the outfit
color

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Women in some Middle Eastern cultures began using a veil and covering themselves completely in public at what time?
before Islamic influence
In some Middle Eastern cultures, head-to-toe coverings were culturally important before Muslim or Qu'ran influence.
as Islamic influence spread
in the 14th century

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Who was the first designer and couterier to create collections and sew a name into clothing?
Paul Poiret
Coco Chanel
Charles Frederick Worth
Worth became a haute couture pioneer.

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What made the Elizabthan-era ruff really blow up?
Queen Elizabeth I's adoption of it
production of starch in England
both
The ruff could be made quite stiff with starch, and Elizabeth employed the decoration liberally.

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Haute couture translates to what in English?
correct sewing
high fashion
Custom-fitted clothes made particulary for the wearer is referred to as haute couture en francais.
pretty shirts

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By what time had fashion become more global, and less about nationalistic or regional dress?
1600
1800
By the 19th century, Western fashion followed international trends as opposed to regional.
1900

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By the 19th century, women's fashion was largely a product of what nation?
France
The French style was considered the most fashionable.
England
U.S.

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19th century men's trends tended to stem from what nation?
America
France
England
In contrast, men's fashion was based on English trends.

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What were some infuences on "fashion" extending into the middle and even lower classes?
the sewing machine
department stores
both
Societal and economic changes from the Industrial Revolution meant that mass-produced and marketed clothes were more widely available.

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What modern staple of Western female dress was first introduced in mid-19th century (but didn't catch on until much later)?
bras
pants
"Bloomers" were first introduced in 1851 but were widely scorned until the 20th century.
panty hose

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Paul Poiret, an extremely influential designer at the turn of the 20th century, advocated what in his designs?
women being very thin
getting rid of the corset
Unfortunately, he also replaced the corset with the brassiere and made extremely restrictive skirts for women.
an hourglass figure

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After the end of World War I, men were interested in having what in their coat closet?
a white dinner jacket
a rain coat
Trench coats were just that: coats worn in WWI trenches. Men, however, enjoyed the idea of a water-repellent jacket and continued using them.
a tweed sweater

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Skirt hemlines rose to knee-length in what era?
1910s
1930s
1920s
The 1920s saw a rising hemline, which was lowered again by the 30s.

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When did the zipper become a clothing mainstay?
1930s
It wasn't until mid-1935 that the zipper became an appealing fashion fastener.
1830s
1900s

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Who introduced the T-shirt into a closet staple?
Elsa Schiaperelli
the U.S. Navy
Those fashion-forward folks in the Navy gave us the T-shirt.
Christian Dior

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What has been an extremely modern invention in clothing trends?
clothes for young people
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.
clothes for sport
clothes for evening wear

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The very first fashion shows were called fashion parades and differed how from the modern runway show?
Audience members were dressed in the clothes, then paraded out.
The models were all men, even for women's wear.
They were private affairs.
To keep theft of designs at bay, the shows were secretive for a select audience.

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What low-end material did Coco Chanel embrace for womenswear, introducing sportwear into her designs?
jersey
Low-end being literal, as previously jersey was primarily used for men's underwear.
cotton
spandex

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The precursor to Amazon and online shopping, who produced the first mail-order catalog for clothing . . .and more?
Montgomery Ward
In the 1870s, Montgomery Ward became the first mail-order company to sell fashion to the masses.
Sears
J.C. Penny

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