By Amanda M. on May 24, 2018
We are extremely lucky to be living in an era where fashion draws inspiration from times past. But here's the thing: designers have been upcycling their designs way before it became fashionable (pun intended). How many times have you seen the words "inspired by" on a designer's lines? Far too many to count, in our opinions. But because you have new eyes focusing on clothing and trends all the time, there will always be new trends and fashions. Some of them are successes, some of them are flops.
Remember in the early 1990s, when MC Hammer wore something called "hammer pants"? For those of you not in the know, MC Hammer released a hip-hop song, "U Can't Touch This," which became a cultural phenomenon. While many may consider these pants harem pants, hammer pants have a different type of leg - a more traditional pant leg, as opposed to the billowy legs of the harem pant. Their origin? In the 1850s, feminist Elizabeth Smith Miller created them to encourage ladies to get rid of their petticoats. While the Lily pants didn't take off (even with the help of some advertisements in a feminist newspaper), Paul Poiret reintroduced them in Paris in 1910.
Let's test your fashion history knowledge with this quiz: only the best of the best will make the cut!