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7 facts about where clothing names come from

Lots of clothing, it turns out, wears its origins on its sleeves. The names of lots of common clothing items and materials actually come from their place (or person) of origin. 1. denim The hard-wearing cotton twill fabric, usually blue and often used for jeans, is pretty straightforward about its origins; denim comes from Nîmes, […]

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The word bikini comes from the name of the atoll in the Marshall Islands where an atom bomb was detonated in 1946.

The bikini and facekini

The latest fashion trend to hit beaches has been raising eyebrows – but you wouldn’t know it, since the eyebrows (along with the rest of the face) can’t be seen behind the facekini, which draws its name from the popular swimwear bikini. First reaching popularity in 2012 in China, this balaclava-like stretchy nylon mask is intended […]

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“Zoots you, sir”: the language of clothes

The world of fashion is definitely one of those areas where words have to be coined, blended, or repurposed to describe ever more interesting and inventive garments. The current English dictionary in OxfordDictionaries.com contains over a thousand words and phrases classified as garments or types of clothing – from an aigrette (‘a headdress consisting of a […]

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