When asked at a press conference β€œIf you were going to sell out to a commercial interest, which one would you choose?”, Bob Dylan answered β€œLadies garments.” 40 years later, he appeared in his first ever commercial...a Victoria’s Secret ad. gaslightrecords.com/artic…
Today I learned of "temple garment", also referred to as Mormon underwear, which is a type of underwear worn by some members of the Latter Day Saint church, both day and night as a symbolic reminder of the covenants made in temple ceremonies and as a source of protection from the evils of the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tem…
Not only did Robert Todd Lincoln watch his father die, but he also saw the assassinations of Garfield and McKinley. When Roosevelt took office, Lincoln wrote β€œI do not congratulate you, for I have seen too much of the seamy side of the Presidential Robe to think it an enviable garment". werehistory.org/robert-to…
The "fly" in a pair of trousers refers to the flap of clothing covering the opening, and not the zipper itself. For tailors, a fly is any flap of clothing that covers an opening in a garment. courant.com/ctnow/hc-word…
Charles Frederick Worth was the first designer to have his name sewn into the garments that he created en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fas…
The women who work in the garment recycling industry in India have a theory that because of a water shortage in the West, it must be cheaper to buy new clothes than to wash them. This explains why so many clothes are discarded barely worn. (Link fixed) aeon.co/videos/this-is-th…
The coat evolved from padding known as the doublet that protected the skin of knights from chafing by armor or chainmail. Around the 14th Century, it became fashionable for nobles to wear the doublet as an outer garment as if perhaps they had just come from the battlefield. fashion-history.lovetokno…
Lisa Nowak operated the robotic arm on the International Space Station and also became the first astronaut ever to be arrested. She is remembered for wearing maximum-absorption garmentsβ€”government-issued astronaut diapersβ€”during her 950-mile drive from Houston to Orlando houstoniamag.com/news-and…
The origin of the expression "The whole 9 yards" is unknown. It may have referred to: the length of pieces of fabric/garments, WWII aircraft machine gun belts, Football, OR ritual disembowelment npr.org/2013/01/14/169140…
Today I learned of the sport of Extreme Ironing. Exponents take ironing boards to extreme locations and iron garments there. Performances have taken place while doing activities such as skiing, surfboarding, diving and marathon running. Two extreme ironers ironed a Union Jack above Everest base camp in 2003. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ext…
The miniskirt is named after the Mini Cooper and not the skirt's size. The designer, Mary Quant loved Mini Cooper cars and named the garment after them, saying that car and skirt were both "optimistic, exuberant, young, flirty," and complemented each other. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
The IBJJF (the organization whose ruleset is used in a large portion of the world's Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu competitions) allows women to wear a headpiece during their fights, presumably to accommodate for those that wish to wear a hijab or similar religious garment. ibjjf.com
Harvard Business School's Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center is the first named for a woman and Asian American. At eight, she journeyed alone back to her birthplace to reclaim the family's hidden gold. Sewing it into her garments and passing undetected by Japanese forces, she returned safely en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rut…
People used to make clothes from asbestos. These garments were fireproof and people cleaned them by burning off the stains. io9.gizmodo.com/the-sordi…
In 2013, 3000 workers at a garment factory in Gazipur, Bangladesh went on strike, some even rioting, not for better pay or working conditions, but because they wanted something to be done about the ghost inhabiting the bathroom. yahoo.com/news/ghost-lurk…
The Ancient Roman garment the Toga was actually gigantic (up to a 172 square feet) and made entirely of wool. youtu.be/0EyStjkII-Y?t=21
In 1846, Hunt invented the lockstitch sewing machine, and suggested to his daughter that she manufacture the device. When she pointed out to him that this machine would put many poor women in the garment industry out of work, hunt dropped the idea and never patented his invention. museumofeverydaylife.org/…
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire was a disaster that killed 146 garment workers in New York City, most of the victims were women between the ages of 14-23. The doors of the factory were locked to prevent worker theft, so many had to jump out of windows to try and escape the blaze. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Jamie Farr, the actor who played Section-8 hopeful cross-dresser Corporal Klinger in M*A*S*H*, was costumed using hand-me-downs from the the 20th Century Fox wardrobe department, including garments originally worn by Betty Grable and Ginger Rogers. americanhistory.si.edu/bl…
The large cape like garment royals wear during inauguration is called a mantle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
T-shirts have only existed since the late 1800's, and were not considered fashionable stand-alone garments until the 1950's when Marlon Brando wore one in the film "A Streetcar Named Desire" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-s…
Mike Myers was horrified when clips from Wayne's World were mixed with Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody video. "they've just whizzed on a Picasso.". The band responded simply saying, "Thank you for using our song." This shocked Myers, "Thank you for even letting me touch the hem of your garments!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boh…
Today I learned about capirotes, garments created by the Catholic Church in Spain that include a white pointed hat that covers the face and a matching robe. This would later inspire the uniforms for the KKK. bbc.com/culture/story/201…
A Humane Society investigation found that many Marc Jacobs garments labeled as 'Faux Fur' were actually made from dogs. nydailynews.com/life-styl…
There was once a Manhattan Trade High School for Girls. It was established by philanthropic reformers in 1902 to provide training for young women to work in trades such as garment factory work en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
When Brooks Brothers sold cotton madras garments to consumers without proper washing instructions, it caused the bright madras dyes to bleed & fade in the wash. In response to this, Madison Avenue's David Ogilvy coined the phrase "guaranteed to bleed" & used this as a selling point instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
The first functional sewing machine was invented in France in 1830 by Barthelemy Thimonnier, a tailor. The inventor was nearly killed by a group of angry French tailors. They burnt down his garment factory because they feared the invention would render them unemployed. buisson.pagesperso-orange…
The outdoor clothing company 'Patagonia' use plastic bottles to create polyester fleece garments and are a leading manufacturer in transforming trash into fleece, decreasing their dependence on petrol patagonia.com/us/patagoni…
Mark Twain patented under his real name Samuel Clemens the "Adjustable and Detachable Straps for Garments" (ADSG) or "suspenders" in 1871 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sus…
Due to it's high temperatures and predictable eruptions, the Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone was used by early settlers for laundry, with an account saying "Garments placed in the crater during quiescence are ejected thoroughly washed when the eruption takes place." fiberwild.com/ideas/yello…
The Apollo Spacesuit's soft garments were made by the International Latex Corporation. Who, prior to winning the contract, made latex and rubber underwear for Women en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ILC…
In 1965, Bob Dylan said that if he ever sold out to a commercial interest, it would be "ladies garments." In 2007, he and his music appeared in a Victoria's Secret commercial. youtube.com/watch?v=eBq7S…
The 4th century Armenian sophist Prohaeresius during his student days in Antioch, was so poor that he and his friend Hephaestion, having only one decent garment between them, wore it on alternate days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
The reason we call them a 'pair of pants', even though it's one garment, is because pants used to be in two pieces. You would put one leg on and tie it around your waist, then put on the second leg the same way. localhistories.org/underw…
We refer to our lower body garments as "pairs of pants" because they originally came as two articles of clothing instead of a single piece. word-detective.com/2008/0…
The design of the Boulton Paul Defiant fighter actually left no room for a parachute for the gunner. Instead, they wore a special all-in-one garment that literally acted as one, known as a "rhino suit". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bou…
Two undercover British SAS soldiers disguised in Arab civilian garments and headdresses opened fire on Iraqi police officers after having been stopped at a roadblock. Afterwards British tanks encircled the jail where the men were being held. the army stormed the prison, freeing the two SAS men. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
In 1916 there was a blackmail gang. One tactic was two girls would go to a millionaires office, talk to them dirty, then "at the psychological moment pull a string which would release her garments" and embrace the mark. Once naked the other girl took the blackmail pictures chroniclingamerica.loc.go…
Between February and May of 1991, $50 million worth of Hypercolor color-changing garments were sold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyp…
Mormonism is so influenced by freemasonry, the Square and Compass appears on temple garments, the special type of Mormon underwear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
People compete in bee-wearing competitions where each person uses a queen bee to lure other bees, making a 'bee garment'. The winner is the one with the highest weight increase (most bees on his/her body). odditycentral.com/news/da…
Mormon underwear, or Temple garment, is a type of underwear worn by adherents of the Latter Day Saint movement throughout their lives en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tem…
The Tarkhan Dress is the world’s oldest woven garment, found in Egypt in 1913, it has been radiocarbon dated to be between 5,118 to 5,498 years old. antiquity.ac.uk/projgall/…
In 1941, state surveys in the UK asked how many bras women owned to work out the amount of steel that was being diverted from the war effort to prop up women's corsets and other garments bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-1…
Orthdox Jews take their new clothing to a laboratory to be examined under microscope for the presence of shatnez, the mixture of linen and wool. If found, those sections must be cut out, or the garments cannot be worn. Many new clothes now boast a "shatnez free" label to appeal to consumers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
Women's clothing has buttons on the opposite side of a garment because back in Victorian times, upper class women would typically be dressed by servants, so having the buttons on the opposite side made it easier for them to do up (also, buttons used to be a status symbol). news.com.au/lifestyle/fas…
SINE comes from the Latin SINUS, meaning a bend or gulf, or the bosom of a garment. COSINE was originally written "co.sine," for COMPLEMENTI SINUS: the sine of the complement. TANGENT comes from the Latin TANGENS, the present participle of TANGERE, "to touch." In other words, "touching." mathforum.org/library/drm…
Mark Twain was one of the first to patent "Adjustable and Detachable Straps for Garments", also known as Suspenders en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Astronauts wear an extra absorbent adult diaper called a "Maximum Absorbency Garment" during liftoff, landing and space walks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max…
Trey Parker and Matt Stone showed up to the Oscars in drag and on acid. When asked about their garments, they simply avoided the question by saying, "What a magical night!" youtube.com/watch?v=2NlV2…

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