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Richard Avedon, American fashion photographer: I think charm is the ability to be truly interested in other people.
    (AP, 11/7/97)
Stephen Jay Gould (d.2002): In the heat of immediate enthusiasm, we often mistake transient fashion for permanent enlightenment.
    (NH, 6/97, p.20)

c500-400BC    Before the rise of Rome, the Etruscans had the most powerful nation in ancient Italy. The Etruscans (who called themselves the Rasenna) inhabited central Italy and greatly influenced the Romans in terms of language, architecture and even fashion (evidence points to the toga as an Etruscan invention). Unfortunately, no Etruscan literary works survive, so most documentation comes from Greek and Roman literary sources as well as archaeological evidence. Their military and political power was eroded over the course of the 5th century BC with Rome rising as the dominant power on the peninsula in the 4th century BC.
    (HNQ, 2/8/01)

3627BC-3377BC    In Armenia a leather shoe dating to this period was found in 2010 in a pit outside a cave.
    (AP, 6/10/10)

1310        May 20, Shoes began to be made for both right and left feet.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1553        Apr 29, A Flemish woman introduced to England the practice of starching linen.
    (MC, 4/29/02)

1687        Feb 19, Johann Adam Birkenstock, composer and sandal designer, was born.
    (MC, 2/19/02)

1715        May 4, A French manufacturer debuted the first folding umbrella.
    (HN, 5/4/98)

1733        Feb 27, Johann Adam Birkenstock (46), composer and sandal designer, died.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

1746        Britain’s King George II banned the kilt in Scotland following the Jacobite rebellion.
    (Econ, 7/31/10, p.67)

1778        Jun 7, George Byran "Beau" Brummell, English wit, was born. He influenced men's fashion and introduced trouser to replace breeches.
    (HN, 6/7/99)

1784        Jun 16, Holland forbade orange clothes.
    (MC, 6/16/02)

1790-1792    Sans-culottes (French for without knee-breeches) was a term created during this period by the French to describe the poorer members of the Third Estate, according to the dominant theory because they usually wore pantaloons (full-length trousers) instead of the chic knee-length culotte. The term came to refer to the ill-clad and ill-equipped volunteers of the Revolutionary army during the early years of the French Revolutionary Wars, but, above all, to the working class radicals of the Revolution.

1806        In England the tailor Norton & Sons was founded.
    (Econ, 12/18/10, p.136)

1809        Mar 4, Madison became 1st President inaugurated in American-made clothes.
    (SC, 3/4/02)

1818        May 27, American reformer Amelia Jenks Bloomer, who popularized the "bloomers" garment that bears her name, was born in Homer, N.Y.
    (AP, 5/27/99)

1818        Henry Sands Brooks began H. & D.H. Brooks & Co. in mostly rural Manhattan. It became a key military supplier during the Civil War. A 2nd store opened in 1928 and operations grew to the well known chain known as Brooks Brothers.
    (WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R40)(SFC, 6/29/01, p.A8)(NW, 9/1/03, p.64)
1818        The first modern use for rubber was discovered by British medical student James Syme. He used it to waterproof cloth in order to make the first raincoats, a process patented in 1823 by Charles Macintosh.

1819        Jul 9, Elias Howe (d.1867), inventor of the sewing machine, was born in Spencer, Mass. Howe, a machinist, developed his sewing machine in 1843-45 and patented it in 1846. Although Howe's machine sewed only short, straight lines, tailors and seamstresses saw it as a threat to their jobs. Unable to market his machine in America, Howe took it to Britain where he sold the rights to an English manufacturer in 1847. Upon his return to the United States, Howe discovered that his patent had been infringed upon by other sewing machine manufacturers, such as Isaac Singer. After a lengthy court battle, Howe's patent was upheld and royalties from sewing machine sales made him a wealthy man.
    (WUD, 1994, p.689)(HN, 7/9/99)(MC, 7/9/02)

1826        May 29, Ebenezer Butterick, inventor (tissue paper dress pattern), was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1837        Thierry Hermes (1801-1878), French saddle maker, established the Hermes company as a harness workshop. It grew to become a maker of high fashion leather goods. The company went public in 1993.
    (Econ, 1/1/11, p.56)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herm%C3%A8s)

1840        Mar 30, "Beau" Brummell (b.1778), English dandy and former favorite of the prince regent, died of syphilis in a French lunatic asylum for paupers. In 2005 Ian Kelly authored the biography “Beau Brummel: The Ultimate Dandy."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beau_Brummell)(WSJ, 5/7/06, p.P9)

1846        Lt. Harry Lumsden in the heat of India’s Punjab dyed his PJs a tawny color. They were made of cotton and called khaki in Hindi.
    (NH, 6/96, p.7)

1848        Britain introduced khaki uniforms for British colonial troops in India.
    (WSJ, 5/28/02, p.B1)

1849        Apr 10, Walter Hunt, a mechanic, patented the safety pin in NYC. He sold rights for $100. Hunt’s other inventions included a new stove, paper collar, ice-breaking boat, fountain pen and nail-making machine.
    (SFC, 7/14/99, p.3)(SFC, 4/1/00, p.B4)(MC, 4/10/02)

1851        Fruit of the Loom was founded in Rhode Island as the B.B and R Knight Corporation and changed its name in 1856. Robert Knight, a textile mill owner, visited his friend, Rufus Skeel. Mr. Skeel owned a small shop in Providence, Rhode Island that sold cloth from Mr. Knight's mill. Mr. Skeel's daughter painted images of apples and applied them to the bolts of cloth. The ones with the apple emblems proved most popular. Mr. Knight thought the labels would be the perfect symbol for his trade name, Fruit of the Loom.

1853        The US government asked its diplomats not to wear court dress frippery. Diplomats in dark tailcoats were then sometimes confused with butlers.
    (Econ, 11/23/13, p.13)
1853        Levi Strauss, Bavarian-born dry goods merchant, arrived in California. and Co. He got his start peddling tough canvas pants to California gold miners. When his canvas ran out he switched to serge de Nimes, which evolved into denim. [See 1873, 1874]
    (SFC, 1/23/96, p.C4)(SFC, 1/9/99, p.D3)(CHA, 1/2001)

1856        Thomas Burberry founded a clothing firm to sell raincoats.
    (Economist, 9/22/12, p.76)

1857        Apr 21, Alexander Douglas patented the bustle.
    (MC, 4/21/02)

1857        Jun 2, James Gibbs, Va., patented a chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1866        Henry Wickham (1846-1928) ventured from Britain to South America hoping to shoot exotic birds and ship home feathers for lady’s hats. This venture failed as the birds exploded from the rifle shots. He returned to the Amazon region and in 1876 gathered seeds of the Hevea brasiliensis tree, which produced latex. Less than 4% of some 70,000 seeds germinated, but this was enough to ship seedlings to Ceylon, India, Malaya and Singapore and begin a global rubber plantation boom.
    (WSJ, 2/27/08, p.D10)

1871        Robert Knight, Rhode Island textile mill owner, secured patent number 418 for the brand Fruit of the Loom.
    (SSFC, 11/29/09, p.N6)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fruit_of_the_Loom)

1873        May 20, Levi Strauss (b.1829), a Bavarian-born merchant in San Francisco, and Jacob Davis of Reno, Nevada, received a US patent their miners' work pants reinforced with copper rivets. They soon began marketing "waist overalls" at $13.50 per doz.
    (SFC, 4/29/03, B1)(SFC, 1/23/04, p.A10)(SFC, 8/28/98, p.B4)(ON, 4/05, p.12)(SSFC, 3/24/19, p.D4)

1875        Jul 23, Isaac Merritt Singer (63), inventor (sewing machine), died.
    (MC, 7/23/02)

1876        Samuel T. Cooper purchased six hand-operated knitting machines and with his sons founds S.T. Cooper & Sons, a hosiery manufacturer located in Ludington, Michigan. At the turn of the century the company moved to Kenosha, Wisconsin.
    (SSFC, 11/29/09, p.N6)(http://tinyurl.com/y9d8vq4)
1876        Woman’s underwear began to be sold in stores.
    (SFEC, 8/27/00, Z1 p.2)

1877-1957    Edna Woodman Chase, American fashion editor: Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess.
    (AP, 8/31/97)

1882        Jun 6, An electric iron was patented by Henry W. Seely in NYC.
    (MC, 6/6/02)

1883        Aug 19, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel (d.1971), French fashion designer, was born: "My friends, there are no friends."
    (HN, 8/19/00)(AP, 7/26/99)

1885        May 19, Jan Matzeliger began the 1st mass production of shoes in Lynn,    Massachusetts.
    (DTnet, 5/19/97)

1887        Mar 13, Chester Greenwood of Maine patented earmuffs.
    (MC, 3/13/02)

1891        In Mexico the El Palacio de Hierro (The Iron Palace) chain of stores was founded to bring Parisian fashion to posh ladies of the new world.
    (Econ, 12/8/12, p.67)

1892        Abercrombie & Fitch, clothing retailers, began operations.
    (Econ, 3/6/04, Survey p.11)

1894        The Ottoman governor of Smyrna, later known as Ismir, banned baggy trousers worn by mountain zeybeks (militias), because he found them uncouth.
    (Econ, 12/19/15, p.66)

1895        May 24, Samuel I. Newhouse, US millionaire publisher (Parade, Vogue, Glamour), was born.
    (MC, 5/24/02)

1896        Mar 31, Whitcomb Judson patented a hookless fastening (zipper) in Chicago.
    (MC, 3/31/02)

1896        Sep 10, Elsa Schiaparelli, French fashion designer, was born.
    (MC, 9/10/01)

1896        Brooks Brothers introduced button down collars after observing polo players button down their collar points to keep them from flapping during play.
    (WSJ, 6/23/03, p.B1)

1899        Jan 24, The rubber heel was patented by Humphrey O'Sullivan.
    (MC, 1/24/02)

1904        Aug 18, [Francis] Max Factor (d.1996), cosmetics manufacturer (Max Factor), was born. His father, Max Factor (d.1938), was born in Lodz, Russia, in 1877 and came to the US with his family in 1902.
    (MC, 8/18/02)(Internet)

1904-1980    Cecil Beaton, English fashion photographer and costume designer: "The truly fashionable are beyond fashion."
    (AP, 7/5/00)

1905        Jan 21, Christian Dior, fashion designer (long-skirted look), was born in Normandy, France.
    (MC, 1/21/02)

1905        Jul 2, Jean-Rene Lacoste, tennis champ, alligator shirt designer, was born in France.
    (SC, 7/2/02)

1905-1914    The great ostrich feather craze for the adornment of women’s hats, gowns, capes, gloves and shoes took place over this period. In 2008 Sarah Stein authored “Plumes: Ostrich Feathers, Jews, and a Lost World of Global Commerce."
    (WSJ, 11/19/08, p.A19)

1906        Nov 9, President Theodore Roosevelt left Washington D.C. for a 17 day trip to Panama and Puerto Rico, becoming the first president to make an official visit outside of the US. His trip popularized the Panama hat, a product actually made in Ecuador and shipped since the 1840s to prospective gold diggers in Panama. The toquilla straw hats had been made in Ecuador as long ago as the 17th century.
    (HN, 11/9/98)(Econ, 7/19/14, p.33)

1907        Oct 28, Edith Head, fashion designer for MGM, was born.
    (MC, 10/28/01)

1907        Oct, By general agreement the first mention of the word “brassiere" appeared in Vogue magazine.
    (SSFC, 10/28/07, p.E1)

1907        In France Eugene Schuller created a hair dye in the kitchen of his Paris apartment and named it Aureale.  In 1939 the business was renamed L’Oreal.
    (SFC, 9/22/17 p.D8)

1908        Jul 1, Estee Lauder, CEO of Estee Lauder's cosmetics, was born.
    (MC, 7/1/02)

1908        Marquis Mills Converse founded the Converse shoe company. In 1917 the All-Stars basketball shoe was introduced. In 1923 it was renamed the Chuck Taylor All-Star. In 2003 the company was sold to Nike.
    (WSJ, 7/10/03, p.A6)

1908        Gideon Sundback, Swedish-born engineer working for the Automatic Hook and Eye Co. of Hoboken, New Jersey, designed a new fastener, the “Plako," for use in the placket of a woman’s skirt.
    (ON, 7/04, p.5)

1909        Gabrielle "Coco"  Chanel opened her 1st shop, a millinery, in Paris.
    (WSJ, 10/13/03, p.A1)

1910        Coco Chanel (1883-1971), French fashion designer, moved to Rue Cambon, Paris.
    (WSJ, 10/13/03, p.B1)
1910        In Italy Ermenegildo Zegna (d.1966 at 74) began his fashion house in Trivero, in the Alpine foothills.
    (Econ, 11/13/10, p.76)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ermenegildo_Zegna)

1914        May 18, Pierre A Balmain, fashion designer (1940's "New Look"), was born in France.
    (SC, 5/18/02)

1914        Nov 20, Emilio Pucci, fashion designer (Neiman-Marcus Award-1954), was born in Naples.
    (MC, 11/20/01)

1917        Jun 16, Irving Penn, fashion photographer, brother of film director Arthur Penn, was born.
    (HN, 6/16/01)

1917        The wrist watch became popular as US servicemen found that their uniforms had no handy places for watches.
    (SSFC, 5/7/17, DB p.54)

1919        May 25, Madame C.J. Walker (51), wealthy cosmetics manufacturer, died. In 2003 Beverly Lowry authored "Her Dream of Dreams: The Rise and Triumph of Madame C.J. Walker."
    (SC, 5/25/02)(WSJ, 4/22/03, D7)

1921        Guccio Gucci (1881-1953) and his wife, Aida, opened their 1st store in Florence following a number of years in London. Their son, Aldo, later built the Gucci brand into a global snob-appeal powerhouse. In 2000 Sara Gay Forden authored "The House of Gucci."
    (WSJ, 9/1/00, p.W1)(WSJ, 11/5/03, p.A1)

1922        Jun 22, Bill Blass (d.2002), fashion designer, was born in Fort Wayne, Ind.
    (SFC, 6/13/02, p.A23)

1922        Jul 7, Pierre Cardin, fashion designer (Unisex), was born in Paris, France.
    (AP, 7/7/02)(MC, 7/7/02)

1922        Aug 8, Rudi Gernreich, designer (1st women's topless swimsuit, miniskirt), was born in Vienna, Austria.
    (MC, 8/8/02)(Internet)

1922        Ida Rosenthal (1860-1973), Belarus-born immigrant and Manhattan dressmaker, came up with the first Maidenform bra.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ida_Rosenthal)(SSFC, 12/29/13, Par p.14)

1923        May 25, John Weitz, spy, author, fashion designer (Friends in High Places), was born.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1923        May 28, US Attorney General said it is legal for women to wear trousers anywhere.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1923        Aug 3, Anne Klein, fashion designer (Anne Klein II), was born.
    (SC, 8/3/02)

1923        Coco Chanel launched Chanel No. 5 perfume in Paris.
    (WSJ, 10/13/03, p.B1)

1923        Barney Pressman pawned his wife's wedding ring in NYC to lease a Seventh Ave. store selling discounted men's suits. In 1993 Barney's opened a $270 million Madison Ave. showcase store.
    (WSJ, 2/11/04, p.B1)

1923        The Converse shoe company, founded in 1908, renamed its All-Stars basketball shoe to Chuck Taylor All-Star. In 2003 the company was sold to Nike.
    (WSJ, 7/10/03, p.A6)(SFC, 12/10/04, p.D1)

1924        Feb 20, Gloria Vanderbilt, fashion designer, was born. In 2004 she published her memoir “It Seemed Important At the Time."
    (HN, 2/20/98)(WSJ, 10/1/04, p.W7)

1924        French fashion designer Coco Chanel sold control of her Chanel No. 5 perfume to the Wertheimer family for a fortune.
    (SSFC, 8/21/11, p.F5)

1927        Feb 21, Hubert de Givenchy, fashion designer, was born in Beauvais, France.
    (MC, 2/21/02)

1927        Aug 30, Geoffrey Beene, dress designer (8 Coty Awards), was born in Louisiana.
    (MC, 8/30/01)

1928        Jan 17, Vidal Sassoon, hair stylist/CEO (Vidal Sassoon), was born in London.
    (MC, 1/17/02)

1928        Dec 13, The clip-on tie was designed.
    (MC, 12/13/01)

1928        The John H. Daniel Co. was founded in Knoxville, Tennessee, for producing men’s suits. By 2004 global competition led the company to import tailors from Turkey.
    (WSJ, 4/12/05, p.A1)

1928        "Levi's" became a trademark. Walter Haas Sr. succeeded Sigmund Stern, the nephew of Levi Strauss, as president.
    (SFC, 4/29/03, B1)

1929        Jan 26, San Francisco police took Frances Orlando (19) to the Bush Police Station because she was dressed in men's clothing.
    (SFC, 1/23/04, p.E3)

1931        Ellery J. Chun (d.2000 at 91) designed the 1st Hawaiian aloha shirt for mass-production and sale at his family’s store in Honolulu. He put a trademark to the aloha shirt name in 1936.
    (SFC, 6/8/00, p.C7)(SFEC, 6/25/00, p.B13)(SSFC, 8/25/02, p.C8)

1931        Willis & Geiger Outfitters were awarded a US Army & Air Force contract for A-2 flight jackets.
    (NH, 9/96, p.17)

1931        A rubber called Lastex came on the market and changed the bra industry.
    (SSFC, 10/28/07, p.E3)

1932        Apr 23, Halston, [R Halston Frowick], fashion designer (1972 Hall of Fame), was born.
    (MC, 4/23/02)

1932        Sep 11, Valentino, fashion designer for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, was born in Milan, Italy.
    (MC, 9/11/01)

1933        Rene Lacoste (b.1905), French tennis player, founded the Lacoste apparel company. He applied a crocodile insignia to polo shirts after his nickname, “Le Crocodile." His son Bernard Lacoste (1931-2006) succeeded as president in 1963.
    (SFC, 3/23/06, p.B7)

1934        Feb 11, Mary Quant, fashion designer (Chelsea Look, Mod Look), was born in Kent, England.
    (MC, 2/11/02)

1934        May 23, Wallace Carothers manufactured the 1st nylon, polymer 66.
    (MC, 5/23/02)

1934        A postcard of a man in bikini shorts inspired a Wisconsin-based Cooper’s Inc. designer to invent Jockey Shorts, the first pair of briefs.
    (SSFC, 11/29/09, p.N6)

1935        Jan 19, The first pair of Jockey briefs showed up in a Marshall Field’s window in Chicago.
    (SSFC, 11/29/09, p.N6)

1937        Feb 16, Wallace H. Carothers, a research chemist for Du Pont who invented nylon, received a patent for the synthetic fiber. It would replace silk in a number of products and reduce costs. [see 1930] In 2000 Susannah Handley authored "Nylon: The Story of a Fashion Revolution."
    (HN, 2/16/98)(AP, 2/16/98)(WSJ, 1/21/00, p.W8)

1938        Levi Strauss & Co. registered its cloth pocket tab as its trademark.
    (SFC, 11/1/02, p.E7)

1939        Oct 14, Ralph Lauren, fashion designer (Chaps), was born.
    (MC, 10/14/01)

1939        Oct 24, Nylon stockings, made from nylon developed by DuPont Chemical, were sold publicly for the first time, in Wilmington, Del.
    (AP, 10/24/97)(SSFC, 1/26/14, DB p.42)

1939        Bra makers first started using cup sizes.
    (SFC, 9/1/96, Z1 p.2)

1940        May 15, Nylon stockings went on general sale for the first time in the United States. [see Oct 24, 1939]
    (AP, 5/15/97)

1942        Nov 19, Calvin Klein, fashion designer (Calvin Klein Jeans, CK), was born in Bronx, NYC.
    (MC, 11/19/01)

1944        A Germany general sent French fashion designer Coco Chanel to Madrid to initiate talks through the British Embassy in a plan code-named “Operation Modelhut." A travel companion denounced her as an enemy agent and the British ignored her.
    (SSFC, 8/21/11, p.F5)

1945        Jun 27, Norma Kamali, dress designer (Costumes for the Wiz), was born in NYC.
    (SC, 6/27/02)

1945        Peter Haas Sr. joined Levi. He later became president.
    (SFC, 4/29/03, B1)

1946        Jul 5, The bikini bathing suit, created by former civil engineer Louis Reard, made its debut during a fashion show at the Molitor Pool in Paris. Model Micheline Bernardini wore the skimpy two-piece outfit. Its name correlated with the July 1 American atom bomb test on Bikini Atoll. Réard wanted his design to have a similar explosive affect. According to New York Times columnist William Safire, the swimsuit caused more debate, concern and condemnation than the atomic bomb.
    (SFC, 7/5/96, p.D17)(TMC, 1994, p.1946)(AP, 7/5/97)(SFEC, 1/17/99, Z1 p.1)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R14)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R14)(HNQ, 4/6/02)

1946        Dec 2, Gianni Versace, fashion designer (Versace), was born.
    (MC, 12/2/01)

1947        Christian Dior premiered his 1st post was collection. It was dubbed "The New Look" and "Bar" suit for women.
    (WSJ, 1/20/03, p.B1)

1948        Oct 2, Donna Karan, fashion designer (Coty Award-1977), was born in Forest Hills, NY.
    (MC, 10/2/01)

1950        Hazel Bishop (d.1998 at 92) formed Hazel Bishop Inc. to manufacture and market her kiss proof lipstick. It was introduced in the summer at $1 a tube.
    (SFC, 12/12/98, p.A25)

1950        Martha Matilda Harper (b.1857), Canadian-born hair-care businesswoman, died. She was probably the 1st person to perfect the franchise system of business organization.
    (WSJ, 4/23/02, p.D7)(WSJ, 4/22/03, D7)

1951        May 8, Dacron men's suits were introduced.
    (MC, 5/8/02)

1951        Armi Ratia, Finnish designer, expanded her husband's printing business into a fashionable "total work of art" business (Gesamtkunstwerk) that became "Marimekko."
    (WSJ, 1/6/04, p.D10)

1952        Emilie Flöge, Viennese fashion designer, died. She was a long time companion of Gustav Klimt. Dr. Wolfgang Fischer later authored "Gustav Klimt and Emilie Flöge, An Artist and His Muse."
    (WSJ, 10/22/99, p.W14)

1953        Jan 17, In SF 40 leading fashion models formed the Professional Fashion Models of SF and demanded a $5 fee for fitting time and rehearsals.
    (SFC, 1/17/03, p.E8)

1953        Poppit beads, small plastic ball-and-socket units, were first created in England. They were later sold under the names Poppit, Snapit or Lockit and sold as beads for necklaces.
    (SFC, 4/16/08, p.G3)

1954        Cecil Beaton authored “The Glass of Fashion," a history of style.
    (WSJ, 9/15/07, p.W10)

1957        Oct 24, Christian Dior (52), French fashion magnate and inventor of the postwar "New Look," died in Italy. He was succeeded by his favorite assistant, Yves Saint Laurent.
    (SFC, 1/9/97, p.E7)(SFC, 6/9/98, p.D3)(MC, 10/24/01)

1959        In Afghanistan the Purdah was made optional under King Zahir Shah. Women began to enroll in the university, which had become co-educational, and they began to enter the workforce, as well as the government.
    (https://www.afghan-web.com/history/chronology/)(Econ, 7/28/07, p.88)

1960        Marc Bohan took over Dior as a fashion designer for jet setters.
    (WSJ, 1/20/03, p.B1)

1960        A Vatican rule that required women to wear head coverings in Catholic churches was repealed.
    (WSJ, 10/8/97, p.A1)

1962         Havaianas, a brand of rubber and plastic flip-flops, were introduced in Brazil. In 1994 Havaianas introduced a new line of one-shade sandals in black, royal blue, pink and purple and the brand began to gather worldwide popularity.
    (AP, 7/24/12)

1963        In Spain Amancio Ortega Gaona began to trade garments. He later founded Inditex, a holding company of retail brands, which included Zara. By 2005 Inditex had emerged as one of the world’s fastest-expanding makers of affordable fashion clothing.
    (Econ, 6/18/05, p.57)

1964        Jun 19, In SF publicist Davey Rosenberg (1937-1986) persuaded waitress Carol Doda (b.1937) to don a Rudi Gernreich topless bathing suit at the Condor Club. She soon had her size-34 breast injected with silicon, and her bust came to be known as Doda's "twin-44s" and "the new Twin Peaks of SF." Her fame prompted the club to erect a neon sign with blinking nipples that lasted to 1991.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carol_Doda)(SFEC, 8/1/99, DB p.32)(SSFC, 9/11/11, DB p.46)

1964        Rudi Gernreich designed his notorious topless bathing suit, dubbed the "monokini". The bold design catapulted both Gernreich and Peggy Moffitt to stardom, as Moffitt was one of the few models bold enough at the time to model it, but never in public. Photographer William Claxton, Moffit’s husband, maintained control of the pictures.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peggy_Moffitt)(SFC, 10/14/08, p.B5)
1964        George Barrie, founder of Caryl Richards hair care products, bought Faberge. He soon introduced the Brut men’s cologne.
    (SFC, 1/24/07, p.G7)
1964        In Italy the five sisters opened the first Fendi store in Rome's historic center. A year later they hired a young designer named Karl Lagerfeld who helped catapult the Italian brand into global fame, with a focus on designing luxury furs.
    (AP, 6/20/17)

1965        Apr 1, Helena Rubinstein (89), US cosmetic manufacturer, died. In 2004 Lindy Woodhead authored “War Paint: Madame Helena Rubinstein & Miss Elizabeth Arden: Their Lives, Their times, Their Rivalry."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helena_Rubinstein)(SSFC, 3/8/09, p.G1)

1966        Oct 19, Elizabeth Arden, US cosmetic manufacturer, died.  In 2004 Lindy Woodhead authored “War Paint: Madame Helena Rubinstein & Miss Elizabeth Arden: Their Lives, Their times, Their Rivalry."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Arden)(SSFC, 3/8/09, p.G1)

1966        In Hawaii Aloha Friday, a tradition of wearing Hawaiian fashion, became official.
    (WSJ, 1/24/08, p.A12)

1968        Calvin Klein founded Calvin Klein Ltd. in NYC for $10,000.
    (SSFC, 11/29/09, p.N6)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvin_Klein)

1969        Mar 11, Levi-Strauss started to sell bell-bottomed jeans.
    (HN, 3/11/98)

1969        Apr 1, Helena Rubinstein (89), US cosmetic manufacturer, died.
    (MC, 4/1/02)

1969        Aug 31, Andrew Phillip Cunanan, serial killer, was born. His victims included fashion designer Gianni Versache.
    (MC, 8/31/01)

1969        Katherine Hepburn starred in "Coco," a Broadway musical based on Coco Chanel's life.
    (WSJ, 10/13/03, p.B1)

1969        Donald and Doris Fisher founded the Gap in San Francisco. In 2004 Fisher authored "Falling Into the Gap: The Story of Donald Fisher and the Apparel Icon He Created."
    (SSFC, 2/15/04, p.I1)

1970        Aug 25, Claudia Schiffer, German fashion model, was born.

1970        Madge Short (d.1998 at 80) and Jane Saunders (50) co-founded The Body Shop in Berkeley. The name was sold to Britain’s Anita Roddick in 1987 for $3.5 million.
    (SFC, 1/5/99, p.A20)(SSFC, 5/16/04, p.F6)

1971        Jan 10, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel (b.1883), French fashion designer, died in Paris. In 2011 Hal Vaughan authored “Sleeping With the Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret War."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coco_Chanel)(SSFC, 8/21/11, p.F5)

1971        Mar 3, Levi Strauss & Co., SF-based jeans maker, went public.
    (SFC, 4/29/03, B1)(http://tinyurl.com/5wnfjx)

1971        Bebe, the SF-based women’s fashion retailer, was founded as a boutique.
    (SFEM,11/23/97, p.27)

1971        The first Ralph Lauren Polo store opened on Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive.
    (SFC, 4/14/96, EM, p.10)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polo_Ralph_Lauren)

1972        Elizabeth Ewing authored “Underwear: A History."
    (SSFC, 12/31/06, p.E3)

1972        A Stetson Hat Factory moved to St. Joseph, Mo. The handmade hats took 43 steps to produce.
    (SFC, 7/31/98, p.A14)

1972        Nike Shoes began production.
    (SFEC, 9/8/96, Z1 p.6)

1973        Nov 13, Elsa Schiaparelli (b.1890), Italian fashion designer, died in France. In 2014 Meryle Secrest authored “Elsa Schiaparelli: A Biography."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elsa_Schiaparelli)(Econ, 10/18/14, p.86)

1974        Rudi Gernreich, Austrian engineer, introduced the first "thong bikini."
    (WSJ, 6/7/99, p.A8)(www.bikiniscience.com/chronology/1970-1975_SS/1970-1975.html)

1974        Nov 1, Yuko Shimizu, Sanrio designer and creator Hello Kitty set Nov 1 as her birthdate and her parents as George and Mary White of London.
    (SSFC, 12/26/04, p.M2)

1975        Aug 24, Charles H. Revson (b.1906), US cosmetic magnate, died.

1975        Foot Locker, a division of Woolworth Stores, opened its 1st outlet.
    (WSJ, 5/13/03, p.A1)
1975        Rosalia Mera (1944-2013), a seamstress, and her husband, Armancio Ortega, co-founded a clothing store in La Coruna, Spain. It grew into Zara, one of the world's largest retail chains.
    (AP, 8/16/13)

1977        Yves St. Laurent launched the perfume Opium.
    (Econ, 3/6/04, Survey p.11)

1978        Apr 2, Velcro was 1st put on the market.
    (MC, 4/2/02)

1981        Giorgio Beverly Hills, owned by Fred Hayman (1925-2016), introduced the signature fragrance Giorgio. Hayman’s life was later recounted in “Fred Hayman, The Extraordinary Difference: The Story of Rodeo Drive, Hollywood Glamour and the Showman Who Sold It All" (2011) by Rose Apodaca.
    (SSFC, 4/17/16, p.C9)

1983        Karl Lagerfeld became a designer for Chanel.
    (WSJ, 10/13/03, p.A1)

1984        Levi introduced its "501 Blues" ad to jump-start jeans sales under CEO Robert Haas, the great-great-grandnephew of founded Levi Strauss.
    (SFC, 4/29/03, B1)

1984        Nike signed a 5-year contract with Michael Jordan. The Air Jordan basketball shoe was released in 1985 for $65.
    (WSJ, 11/11/03, p.B1)

1984        France-based Hermes introduced its Birkin handbag, named after British actress Jane Birkin, at a starting price of around $7,000. In 2008 Michael Tonello authored “Bringing Home the Birkin."
    (WSJ, 4/25/08, p.W5)(www.alphadictionary.com/business-tree/bags/bag%20birkin.html)

1985        Apr 21, Rudi Gernreich (62), US designer (miniskirt), died.
    (MC, 4/21/02)

1985        Bernard Arnault bought Dior and took the company out of bankruptcy court.
    (WSJ, 1/20/03, p.B1)

1986        Naomi Sims (1948-2009) authored “All About Health and Beauty for the Black Woman." Her 1968 cover shot on the Ladies’ Home Journal was a breakthrough for black fashion models.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naomi_Sims)(SFC, 8/7/09, p.D5)

1986        Levi Strauss & Co. introduced Dockers, a line of roomy khakis aimed at baby boomers.
    (WSJ, 5/28/02, p.B1)
1986        Bikinis began to be worn in China when an int’l. bodybuilding contest required female contestants to wear them.
    (Econ, 4/16/15, p.36)

1987        Mar 17, Antonio Lopez (b.1943), fashion illustrator, died in Los Angeles from AIDS. In 2018 the documentary "Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco,"  directed by James Crump,  was released.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Lopez_(illustrator))(SFC, 10/5/18, p.E6)

1987        LVMH, a fashion and luxury goods group, was created. Its initials stood for Louis Vuitton (leather luggage), Moet (champagne) and Hennessy (cognac).
    (Econ, 3/6/04, Survey p.6)

1990        Mar 26, Designer Halston died in San Francisco at age 57.
    (AP, 3/26/00)

1990        Jun 2, Frederick Mellinger (76), founder of Fredericks of Hollywood, died.

1990        Jun 22, Florida passed a law that prohibited wearing a thong bathing suit.
    (MC, 6/22/02)

1991        Anta, a Chinese maker of sportswear, was founded by Ding Shizhong. By 2020 it was the world's third biggest sportswear firm by market capitalization.
    (Econ., 5/16/20, p.53)

1992        Nov 29, Emilio Pucci (78), Italian fashion designer (Jackie Kennedy), died. In 2000 his firm was acquired by LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton.
    (MC, 11/29/01)(WSJ, 8/22/03, p.B1)

1993        Maurizio Gucci sold his remaining stake in Gucci to Investcorp, a Bahraini firm.
    (WSJ, 11/5/03, p.A1)

1994        Victoria’s Secrets introduced the Miracle Bra, a bottom padded push up bra designed by Linda Wachner of Warnaco.
    (WSJ, 4/10/00, p.A1)
1994        The Wonderbra was launched in America. The Wonderbra name was first trademarked in the US in 1935 Sara Lee Corporation redesigned the push-up style for the reintroduction of the Wonderbra to the US market.
    (Econ, 4/13/13, p.38)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonderbra)   
1994        The Gap opened its Old Navy discount clothing store in Colma, Ca.
    (SSFC, 2/29/04, p.I1)

1994        In Malawi a ban on women wearing pants ended following the end of the long dictatorship of Hastings Kamuzu Banda.
    (AFP, 1/18/12)

1995        Mar 27, In Italy Maurizio Gucci (46), businessman, was shot to death in Milan. He was the last family member to have held shares in the Gucci fashion company, now part of the Bahrain-based Investcorp. In 1997 police arrested his former wife, a psychic, a doorman, and two hitmen for their roles in the murder. In 1998 Patrizia Reggiani Martinelli (50) was convicted and sentenced to 29 years in prison. The psychic got 25, the doorman got 26, the driver got 29 and the gunman got life.
    (SFC, 2/1/97, p.A12)(SFC, 11/4/98, p.A13)

1995        Feb 3, IBM in fashion shed its dress code in favor of casual wear.
    (SFEC, 8/29/99, p.C1)

1995        Oct 10, Paolo Gucci, entrepreneur and accessories designer, died at 64.
    (MC, 10/10/01)

1996        Jun 7, Max Factor, hairstylist, died at age 91. He started the Max Factor makeup company that was bought out by Proctor and Gamble in 1991. In March ‘96, the Max Factor Museum of Beauty in Hollywood shut down.
    (SFC, 6/8/96, p.A17)(www.deadoraliveinfo.com)

1996        Aug 28, In Poland Agnieszka Kotlarska, fashion model, was knifed and killed by a thief outside her home.
    (SFC, 8/29/96, p.A14)

1996        John Galliano, British designer, became chief designer for Dior. In 1999 he introduced the saddle bag handbag.
    (WSJ, 1/20/03, p.B1)

1996        Levi Strauss & Co. went private again after the company bought nearly 1/3 of its stock for $4.3 billion.
    (SFC, 4/29/03, B1)

1997        Feb, Tattooing was re-legalized in NYC after a 36-year ban caused by fears of hepatitis.
    (Econ, 5/24/08, p.48)(http://nymag.com/guides/everything/tattoos/37978/)

1997        Jul 15, Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer, was shot to death outside his home in Miami Beach, Fla. Police were searching for Andrew Philip Cunanan, 27, of San Diego as the primary suspect. Suspected serial killer Andrew Phillip Cunanan, was found dead eight days later.
    (SFC, 7/17/97, p.A1)(AP, 7/15/98)

1997        Jul 22, More than 2,000 people gathered in Milan, Italy, for a memorial Mass for slain fashion designer Gianni Versace; the mourners included Princess Diana and singer-songwriter Elton John.
    (AP, 7/22/98)

1997        Jul 23, The search for Andrew Cunanan, the suspected killer of designer Gianni Versace and others, ended as police found his body on a houseboat in Miami Beach, Fla., an apparent suicide.
    (SFC, 7/24/97, p.A1)(AP, 7/23/98)

1999        Feb 22, Levi Strauss, falling victim to a fashion generation gap, announced that it would close 11 of 22 US plants and lay off 5,900 factory workers.
    (SFC, 2/23/99, p.A1)(AP, 2/22/00)

1999        Jun 8, The WSJ covered the thong as a fashion statement on page 1.
    (WSJ, 6/7/99, p.A1)

1999        Aug 9, Four large apparel corporations settled out of court in a suit to end sweatshop labor in Saipan. Nordstrom, J. Crew, Cutter & Buck and Gymboree agreed to pay $1.25 million to reimburse workers for recruitment fees and to set up a program to monitor island contractors.
    (SFC, 8/10/99, p.A1)

1999        Karen Kozlowski and Meg Cohen Ragas authored "Read My Lips: A Cultural History of Lipstick."
    (SFEC, 4/18/99, BR p.5)

1999        Gucci under CEO Domenico De Sole purchased Yves St. Laurent for $1 billion. Gucci invited Pinault-Printemps-Redoute (PPR), a French retail group, to buy a substantial stake in the company to prevent a hostile takeover.
    (Econ, 11/8/03, p.62)

2000        Aug 17, India opened its first fashion show in Mumbai, Lakme India Fashion Week.

2001        Oct 1, Conde Nast said it would its Mademoiselle (b.1935) fashion magazine would be published for the last time in November.
    (SFC, 10/2/01, p.C1)

2002        Jan, In NYC the “No Pants Subway Ride" began as a stunt and continued over the years as an “int’l celebration of silliness."
    (SFC, 1/10/15, p.A2)

2002        Jun 12, Bill Blass (79), fashion designer, died in New Preston, Conn.
    (SFC, 6/13/02, p.A23)

2002        In France Paris Mayor Bertand Delanoe inaugurated Paris Plages, filling sections of the left and right banks of the Seine with sand and installing spray misters, hammocks, parasols and other beach-style accoutrements. In 2006 Paris City Hall banned thong bikinis, topless sunbathing and nudity at the summer sand-in-the-city event.
    (AP, 7/29/06)

2003          Mar 5, Sir Hardy Amies (93), Savile Row designer and self-described snob, died.
    (SFC, 3/6/03, p.A19)

2003          Mar 11, Benetton, an Italian retailer, said it planned to attach salt-grain sized microchip transmitters to clothing at its 5,000 stores.
    (SFC, 3/12/03, p.B1)

2003        Jul 9, It was reported that processed fish skin was making it in the fashion world. The Scottish fashion company Skini recently launched a line of salmon-skin bikinis.
    (WSJ, 7/9/03, p.A1)

2003        Sep, Carlo Benetton sold his 11,000 acre Buffalo Ranch to the state of Texas for use by the prison system.
    (Econ, 9/27/03, p.30)

2003        Michael J. Silverstein and Neil Fiske authored "Trading Up: The New American Luxury." It described a "new kind of emotional engagement" for consumers and business leaders.
    (WSJ, 10/15/03, p.D14)

2003        Gladys Perint Palmer authored "Fashion People."
    (SSFC, 5/11/03, p.E7)

2004        Jan 24, Helmut Newton (83), fashion photographer, died in a car accident in LA.
    (SFC, 1/23/04, p.A2)

2004        Feb 22, Giorgio Armani signed a $1 billion hotel venture with Dubai’s Emaar Properties.
    (Econ, 2/28/04, p.61)

2004        Feb 25, Tom Ford presented his last Gucci collection.
    (SSFC, 2/07/04, p.E1)

2004        Apr 24, Estee Lauder (b.1906), cosmetics pioneer whose pots of potions and tubs of moisturizers have turned the clock back for millions of faces across the globe, died in NYC.
    (AP, 4/26/04)

2004        Jun 11, Egon von Furstenberg (57), a Swiss-born aristocrat known as the "prince of high fashion," died in Rome.
    (AP, 6/11/04)

2004        Jun 18, The Hanky Panky thong model 4811 was described as the top seller in its category. In 2003  thongs accounted for a quarter of the $2.6 billion panty market. Gale Epstein and Lida Orzeck began Hanky Panky in the late 1970s.
    (WSJ, 6/18/04, p.A1)

2004        Sep 27, it was reported that Levi had signed a letter of intent to sell its Dockers brand to Vestar Capital Partners from $800 million.
    (WSJ, 9/27/04, p.AB6)

2004        Sep 28, Geoffrey Beene (77), the award-winning designer whose simple, classic styles for men and women put him at the forefront of American fashion, died.
    (AP, 9/28/04)

2004        Oct 1, Richard Avedon (81), fashion photographer, died.
    (SFC, 10/2/04, p.A1)

2004        Oct 29, It was reported that US teen fashions had veered away from grunge and hip-hop looks toward a more preppy attire and that Axe, a deodorant body spray, was becoming popular among young boys.
    (WSJ, 10/29/04, p.A1)

2004        Hair stylist began providing crystal extensions dubbed “hair bling." Bling was a hip-hop term for flashy dressing and accessories.
    (WSJ, 7/16/04, p.W1)

2005        North Korea’s government urged its women to refrain from wearing trousers, saying Western clothing dampen the revolutionary spirit and blur national pride.
    (AP, 12/5/09)

2007        Jun 17, In Italy Gianfranco Ferre (b.1944), known as the "architect of fashion," died in Milan. He was the top designer for Christian Dior from 1989-1996.
    (SFC, 6/18/07, p.A2)(AP, 6/17/08)

2007        Oct 11, Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a US consumer rights group, said more than half the lipsticks it had tested were found to contain lead and some popular brands including Cover Girl, L'Oreal and Christian Dior had more lead than others.
    (Reuters, 10/11/07)

2008        Apr 11, It was reported that clubbers across Europe were doing a dance called “tecktonik," a mix of rave and breakdancing.
    (WSJ, 4/11/08, p.W10)

2008        Jun 1, Yves Saint Laurent (b.1936, one of the most influential and enduring designers of the 20th century, died in Paris.
    (AP, 6/2/08)

2008        Aug 13, Jack Weil (107), patriarch of western clothing, died. He created the western style shirt which sold after 1946 through his Denver-based company Rockmount Ranch Wear.
    (Econ, 8/30/08, p.82)

2008        Sep 5, Mila Schoen (b.1916), an Italian designer of elegant, impeccably tailored clothes, died at her villa in northern Italy.
    (AP, 9/5/08)

2008        Sep 16, Local media reported that a Florida judge has deemed unconstitutional a law banning baggy pants that show off the wearer's underwear.
    (AP, 9/17/08)

2008        Oct 11, William Claxton (b.1927), music and fashion photographer, died in Los Angeles. He had photographed his wife in 1964 in the Rudi Gernreich designed topless bathing suit and achieved recognition for his photos of jazz stars.
    (SFC, 10/14/08, p.B5)

2008        Oct 19, Richard Blackwell (86), actor turned fashion designer, died in Los Angeles. He claimed to be the first to make designer jeans for women. In 1960 he issued his first tongue-in-cheek criticism of Hollywood fashion disasters.
    (SFC, 10/21/08, p.B5)

2008        Dec 29, Ted Lapidus (b.1929), French fashion designer who redefined chic with the 1960s unisex look, died. Lapidus created his label in 1951, and in 1963 became a member of the prestigious Paris fashion club that runs haute-couture, La Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture.
    (AP, 12/30/08)

2008        Dec 22, Alfred Shaheen (b.1922), the dean of Hawaiian couture, died. In 1948 he started manufacturing rayon Hawaiian shirts in a Quonset hut left over from the war. Within a decade annual revenue grew to $4 million.
    (WSJ, 1/24/08, p.A12)

2008        In Germany David Schneider and Robert Gentz, the founders of Zalando, started selling flipflops online from the Berlin flat. By 2016 the online company was Europe’s largest vendor of clothing and footwear.
    (Econ, 9/3/16, p.59)

2009        Feb 14, Sir Bernard Ashley (82), British businessman, died. He teamed up with his wife to build the Laura Ashley (d.1985) fashion and home furnishing brand into a global business.
    (AP, 2/17/09)

2009        May 8, In London Marks & Spencer admitted it had "boobed" in a row over larger bras, agreeing to slash the prices of its DD-plus cup sizes to bring them in line with smaller models.
    (AFP, 5/8/09)

2009        May, In France fashion house of Christian Lacroix filed for bankruptcy. It had been founded inside LVMH, a luxury goods group in 1987 and lost money every year since then.
    (Econ, 7/11/09, p.66)

2009        Jun 22, French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared that the Islamic burqa is not welcome in France, branding the face-covering, body-length gown as a symbol of subservience that suppresses women's identities.
    (AP, 6/22/09)

2009        Jun 23, The French parliament created a commission to study the wearing of body-covering burqas and niqabs in France, a day after President Nicolas Sarkozy said the Islamic garment turns women into prisoners.
    (AP, 6/23/09)

2009        Jul 26, Gaza's top judge said that he has ordered female lawyers to wear Muslim headscarves when they appear in court, the latest sign that the Islamic militant group is increasingly imposing its strict interpretation of Islamic law on residents of the coastal strip.
    (AP, 7/26/09)

2009        Jul 30, Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata described his test of new underwear, called J-Wear, as the shuttle Endeavour prepared to come home after over 2 weeks aloft. Wakata tested the high-tech underwear for a month at a time during his 4½ months aboard the ISS.
    (SFC, 7/31/09, p.A9)

2009        Aug 31, In southern California fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander was sentenced to 59 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting aspiring models he lured to Los Angeles.
    (AP, 9/1/09)

2009        Sep 7, A Sudanese judge convicted Lubna Hussein, a woman journalist, for violating the public indecency law by wearing trousers outdoors and fined her $200, but did not impose a feared flogging penalty. Hussein said she will not pay a penny while still in court custody, wearing the same trousers that had sparked her arrest.
    (AP, 9/7/09)

2009        Sep 8, Sudanese journalist Lubna Ahmed Hussein, who spent a day in jail for refusing to pay a fine for wearing "indecent trousers," vowed on her release to keep up the battle against the law. The UN’s human rights office said Sudan's conviction Hussein for indecency for wearing trousers violates international law and is emblematic of wider gender discrimination in the Islamic country.
    (AFP, 9/8/09)(Reuters, 9/8/09)

2009        Sep 23, Iranian police warned shop owners against displaying female mannequins wearing underwear or showing off their curves as part of a government campaign against Western influence. Azar Mansouri, a senior leader from reformist political party, Islamic Iran Participation Front, was arrested during a widespread crackdown on opposition supporters who challenged the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June 2009. In March 2010 Mansouri was sentenced to three years in jail for plotting to harm national security.
    (AP, 9/23/09)(AFP, 3/13/10)(www.sign4change.info/english/spip.php?article579)

2009        Sep, In Israel Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv (99) outlawed the use of elevators. Jewish law, or halacha, forbids the use of electrical items on the Sabbath. He also has proclaimed that Jews could not wear Crocs shoes on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, because they were deemed too comfortable for the somber fasting holiday.
    (AP, 10/27/09)

2009        Oct 6, Syria held its first ever fashion design competition, meant to encourage young Syrian talents and local products.
    (AP, 10/7/09)

2009        Oct 7, Irving Penn (b.1917), American fashion photographer, died in NYC. He began contributing to Vogue magazine in 1943. His younger brother Arthur Penn (b.1922) gained renown as a film director and producer.
    (SFC, 10/8/09, p.A8)

2009        Oct 9, Egypt's top Islamic cleric said that students and teachers will not be allowed to wear face veils in classrooms and dormitories of Sunni Islam's premier institute of learning, al-Azhar, part of a government effort to curb radical Islamic practices.
    (AP, 10/9/09)

2009        Oct 22, A Sudanese court sentenced two women to 20 lashes for dressing "indecently." Judge Hassan Mohammed Ali said: "The two women wore trousers and no headscarf. The court therefore finds them guilty according the public order laws." Last year nearly 43,000 women were detained for indecent clothing offences in Khartoum region, where five million people live.
    (AFP, 10/22/09)

2009        Oct 28, Kuwait's highest court ruled that women lawmakers are not obliged by law to wear the headscarf, a blow to Muslim fundamentalists who want to fully impose Islamic Sharia law in this small oil-rich state.
    (AP, 10/28/09)

2009        Nov 8, Brazil’s private Bandeirante University in Sao Bernardo do Campo, outside Sao Paulo, expelled Geisy Arruda (20) for wearing a short, pink dress to class, publicly accusing her of immorality. Arruda made headlines after an Oct. 22 incident, in which she had to be escorted away by police after wearing the mini-dress to class. The dean of the private college in suburban Sao Paulo released the next day announcing a decision to reinstate her.
    (AP, 11/9/09)(AP, 11/10/09)

2009        Nov 19, In France South Korean model Daul Kim (20), a fashion week regular in New York, Milan and Paris, was been found hanged in her Paris apartment.
    (AP, 11/20/09)

2009        Nov 21, In Sudan Silva Kashif (16), a girl from south Sudan, was arrested convicted and lashed 50 times after a Khartoum judge ruled her knee-length skirt was indecent. Her mother, Jenty Doro, later said she planned to sue the police who made the arrest and the judge who imposed the sentence, as her daughter was underage and a Christian.
    (Reuters, 11/27/09)(AFP, 11/28/09)

2009        Dec 4, North Korea made an unlikely foray into designer denim as the "Noko Jeans" label was launched in Sweden. The brand is Swedish but the black jeans are manufactured in North Korea, an experiment its creators described as a way to open doors to the reclusive communist country. The next day Stockholm’s PUB department store removed the new line of designer jeans from its shelves, saying it wants to avoid courting controversy through ties with the isolated communist nation. Noko Jeans founders said they will continue to sell the jeans on their Web site and that retailer Aplace will continue to sell them on their Web site.
    (AP, 12/4/09)(AP, 12/5/09)

2009        Marnia Lazreg, Algerian-born professor of sociology at City Univ. of New York, authored “Questioning the Veil: Open Letter to Muslim Women."
    (Econ, 9/5/09, p.92)

2009        Silly Bandz, rubber band bracelets of various shapes, became a fad among kids in Alabama and then across the nation. Robert Croak of Ohio began manufacturing and marketing the product after seeing a similar product from Japan in 2007. A pack of 24 was priced at around $5.
    (SSFC, 7/11/10, Par p.12)(http://tinyurl.com/3ac3cm6)

2010        Jan 13, Edgar Vos (78), "the emperor of Dutch fashion," died of a heart attack while on vacation in Florida. Vos built a chain of 15 stores across the Netherlands, where he sold designer clothes cut to bring out the best from all figures and tailored to most budgets.
    (AP, 1/14/10)

2010        Jan 27, It was reported that Italian fashion house Armani has stopped selling online a T-shirt bearing a logo similar to Indonesia's national symbol, Garuda Pancasila, after some bloggers protested and other people called for the label to be sued.
    (Reuters, 1/27/10)

2010        Jan 28, Denmark's government said that face-covering Muslim veils don't belong in Danish society but no ban is needed because their use can be limited under existing rules.
    (AP, 1/28/10)
2010        Jan 28, In Spain prosecutors say charges have been filed against Mohamed Benbrahim, a Muslim imam, for threatening a woman in Cunit, Catalonia, who refused to wear an Islamic headscarf.
    (AP, 1/28/10)

2010        Feb 11, British fashion designer Alexander McQueen (40) was found dead at his London home. McQueen received recognition from Queen Elizabeth II in 2003, when she made him a Commander of the British Empire for his fashion leadership. A Feb 17 coroner’s report gave the cause of the fashion designer's death as asphyxiation and hanging.
    (AP, 2/11/10)(AP, 2/17/10)

2010        Mar 31, In Belgium a parliamentary committee unanimously voted to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public, a major step in the legislative process that could make Belgium the first European country to impose such a religious prohibition.
    (AP, 3/31/10)

2010        Apr 29, Belgium's lower house of parliament banned burqa-type Islamic dress in public, but the measure faced a challenge in the Senate which will delay early enactment of the law. There were two abstentions. No one voted against.
    (AP, 4/30/10)

2010        May 27, In Indonesia authorities in a devoutly Islamic district of Aceh province have distributed 20,000 long skirts and prohibited shops from selling tight dresses as a regulation banning Muslim women from wearing revealing clothing took effect.
    (AP, 5/27/10)

2010        May 28, The Spanish city of Lleida, population of 135,000, barred women from wearing face-covering Islamic veils inside its municipal buildings.
    (AP, 5/28/10)

2010        Jun 14, In Spain Barcelona City Mayor Jordi Hereu announced a measure to bar the use of face-covering Islamic veils in municipal buildings. He insisted it was not specifically religious saying it is aimed at all dress that impedes identification, and thus includes motorcycle helmets and ski masks.
    (AP, 6/14/10)

2010        Jun 21, An Iranian newspaper said police have issued warnings to 62,000 women who were "badly veiled" in the Shiite holy province of Qom as part of a clampdown on dress and behavior.
    (AFP, 6/21/10)

2010        Jul 18, Syria announced a ban on the niqab, the face-covering Islamic veil, from the country's universities.
    (AP, 7/19/10)

2010        Jul 20, Spain's Parliament rejected a proposal to ban women from wearing in public places Islamic veils that reveal only the eyes.
    (AP, 7/20/10)

2010        Aug 22, A Bangladesh lawyer said high court judges have passed an order directing that wearing religious attire should be the personal choice of the students or the employees. No one can be forced to wear them.
    (AFP, 8/22/10)

2010        Sep 14, In North Carolina Ariana Iacono (14) went back to school with her mother and her nose ring, after her first suspension for a nose piercing ended. She was suspended again for five days because her nose ring violated the Johnston County school system's dress code. If she comes back to school on Sept. 21 with the nose stud, she'll face a 10-day suspension or referral to "alternative schooling." A similar situation went to the courts in 2002, when a woman was fired from her job at a Costco store over her eyebrow ring. The woman was also a member of the Church of Body Modification, but the courts eventually ruled that her religious beliefs did not require her to always wear her jewelry.
    (AP, 9/16/10)
2010        Sep 14, France introduced a law against face-covering. It became commonly known as the burqa ban.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_ban_on_face_covering)(Econ, 7/27/13, p.44)

2010        Oct 6, In Cuba a resolution from the Foreign Relations Ministry was published into law making the guayabera Cuba's official formal dress garment and mandating that government officials wear them at state functions.
    (AP, 10/7/10)
2010        Oct 6, Local media reported that Ukraine has adopted a dress code for government workers. The code called on men working at the Cabinet of Ministers to wear mostly gray and dark blue suits and not wear the same suit to work two days in a row. Women were asked to stick to business suits and low-heeled shoes, as well as refrain from excessive makeup and jewelry.
    (AP, 10/6/10)

2011        Jan 18, A court in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia suspended a ban by the city of Lleida on face-covering Islamic veils in municipal buildings. The ban was suspended while the court studies an appeal lodged by a Muslim association. Only about 3 percent of Lleida's population is Muslim and only a handful of women actually wear body-covering burqas or face-covering niqab garments.
    (AP, 1/18/11)

2011        Mar 1, French fashion house Christian Dior said John Galliano has been immediately laid off, just days after he was suspended as its creative director pending an investigation into an alleged anti-Semitic incident in a Paris cafe last week.
    (AP, 3/1/11)

2011        Mar 7, French fashion colossus LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton announced that it has agreed to buy Rome-based jeweler Bulgari SpA in a cash-and-shares deal worth euro4.3 billion ($6 billion).
    (AP, 3/7/11)

2011        Apr 11, In France a law went into effect banning women from wearing full-face veils in public places. Several women appeared veiled in front of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral and two were detained for taking part in an unauthorized protest. The $214 burqa fine also included mandatory lessons on being French.
    (SFC, 4/9/11, p.A2)(AP, 4/11/11)

2011        May 11, India said it had lodged a complaint with the Australian government over swimwear carrying the image of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi that has sparked protests. Fashion house Lisa Blue promised to halt production immediately and apologized for any offence the design may have caused.
    (AFP, 5/11/11)

2011        May 22, Auction site eBay said a bidder paid £81,100 ($131,648) for a silk bow hat worn by Princess Beatrice to last month’s royal wedding. The Philip Treacy creation was put on sale to raise money for UNICEF and Children in crises.
    (SFC, 5/23/11, p.A2)

2011        May 28, Thousands of people turned out for Australia's first "SlutWalk," protesting for women to be able to wear whatever they like without fear of being sexually assaulted. SlutWalk began in Canada in April after a Toronto police official said that "women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized."
    (AFP, 5/29/11)

2011        Jun 16, In SF Deshon Marman (20), a college football player, was arrested and thrown off a US Airways jet in a dispute over his sagging pants. Marmon was in the city attending the funeral of his best friend, David Henderson, who was fatally wounded last month.
    (SFC, 6/18/11, p.C4)

2011        Aug 13, Fashion designer Jesus del Pozo (65), one of Spain's most influential style modernizers, died. Del Pozo opened his first outlet in Madrid in 1974, making him a contemporary of Antonio Miro and Adolfo Dominguez. His first collection was unveiled in 1976.
    (AP, 8/14/11)

2011        Aug 16, Romania’s controversial Tourism Minister Elena Udrea sparked outrage with a frock she admitted cost as much as many Romanians make in more than a month. She defended the $1290 dress, insisting it cost less than the thousands of euros that media has reported.
    (AP, 8/17/11)

2011        Aug 20, In South Africa some 2,000 women draped sexy lingerie over their street clothes and marched through Cape Town, bringing the international "SlutWalks" campaign against the notion that a woman's appearance can excuse attacks to a country where rape is seen as a national crisis.
    (AP, 8/20/11)

2011        Sep 8, British fashion icon John Galliano (50) was convicted of anti-Semitism for hurling abuse at bar patrons in Paris' Jewish quarter in a career-breaking outburst he has blamed on drink and drugs. In the French trial in July Galliano apologized for his conduct. He received suspended fines totaling 6,000-euro (£5,200, $8,400).
    (AFP, 9/8/11)

2011        Sep 16, In Indonesia Jakarta city governor Fauzi Bowo called on women not to wear miniskirts when riding on public transport in the capital after a 27-year-old woman was attacked in a public minivan early this month. The next day Governor Bowo apologized for his remarks as some 50 women donned miniskirts to protest his remarks.
    (AFP, 9/18/11)

2011        Sep 24, In San Francisco 40 or so naked men and one woman staged a nude-in at Castro and 17th streets to support their right to wander in the buff.
    (SSFC, 9/25/11, p.D3)
2011        Sep 24, In Utah thousands of people stripped to their underwear and ran through Salt Lake City to protest what they called the "uptight" laws of Utah. Guiness World Records later said 2,270 people participated breaking a previous record of 550 set last year in Great Britain.
    (AP, 9/25/11)(SFC, 10/7/11, p.A6)

2011        Oct 24, In Denmark fashion icon Margit Brandt (66) died. Her simple cuts and 1960s miniskirts marked one of the first international breakthroughs for Danish designs.
    (AP, 10/24/11)

2011        Nov 28, In Tunisia a group of students, who were for the most part not enrolled at Manouba university, camped out to demand the right for women students to wear the full veil, known as the niqab. They also demanded a place of prayer on campus.
    (AFP, 1/24/12)

2011        In China the city of Yining became the first part of Xinjiang province to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public.
    (Econ, 11/7/15, p.40)

2012        Jan 18, Five Tunisian students said they went on hunger strike against a ban on niqab veils imposed by Manouba university, upping the ante in a dispute which began in November.
    (AFP, 1/18/12)

2012        Jan 20, In Malawi hundreds of outraged girls and women, among them prominent politicians, protested the recent public stripping of women of their miniskirts and pants. Many wore pants or miniskirts and T-shirts emblazoned with such slogans as: "Real men don't harass women." Men also took part.
    (AP, 1/20/12)

2012        Jan 24, Tunisian police ended a weeks-long sit-in by conservative Muslims at Manouba university that banned the full-face veil.
    (AFP, 1/24/12)

2012        Feb 8, An Egyptian production company said "the student members of the Muslim Brotherhood at Ain Shams University had prevented the film crew from the 'Dhat' TV series from shooting the scenes set at the university." The series, adapted from the novel "Dhat" by Egyptian author Sonallah Ibrahim, takes place in the 1970s, "when women wore short clothing."
    (AFP, 2/9/12)

2012        Mar 19, Israeli passed a new law that bans the showing overly thin models from local advertising in an attempt to fight the spread of eating disorders.
    (AP, 3/20/12)

2012        Mar 24, Chechnya's first lady, Medni Kadyrova, displayed her Islamic fashion collection to a captivated audience in Dubai, faithful to the politics of her husband who has sought to impose Islamic dress codes in the Caucasus republic.
    (AP, 3/25/12)

2012        May 30, Iranian media reported that female booth attendants at an international trade fair and shops selling men's ties have become targets in a strict crackdown by Tehran police on clothing deemed un-Islamic.
    (AFP, 5/30/12)

2012        Jul 18, Austria’s University of Innsbruck said that archeologists found four linen bras dating from the Middle Ages in an Austrian castle. Fashion experts described the find as surprising because the bra had commonly been thought to be only little more than 100 years old as women abandoned the tight corset.
    (AP, 7/19/12)

2012        Sep 2, Egypt's state TV lifted a decades-long ban on veiled female news presenters whom successive secular-leaning regimes have barred from going on air.
    (AP, 9/2/12)

2012        Oct 2,Designer brands were reported to be abandoning Argentina. Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, owner of the Japanese label Kenzo, issued a statement blaming Argentina's "complex economic context" for the closure of its store on Oct 10. Top labels have become collateral damage as the government tightens its hold on the economy with measures aiming to encourage domestic production and capture more wealth to aid the poor.
    (AP, 10/4/12)

2012        Oct 17, Scotland Yard confirmed in a statement that the Metropolitan Police will no longer permit tattoos on the face, hands or which appear above the collar line.
    (AP, 10/17/12)

2013        Jan 4, A small plane disappeared off the Venezuelan coast with six people aboard, including Vittorio Missoni (58), a top executive in Italy's Missoni fashion house. Wreckage of the plane was found in June.
    (AP, 1/5/13)(AP, 6/27/13)

2013        Feb 13, British fashion retailer Republic became the latest casualty of the economic downturn, seeking protection from creditors and putting around 2,500 jobs at risk.
    (AP, 2/13/13)

2013        Apr 23, It was reported that the authrities in Ras al-Khaimah, the northernmost emirate in the UAE, have posted signs on public beaches warning of possible fines for revealing swimwear.
    (SFC, 4/23/13, p.A2)

2013        May 9,  In northern Italy Ottavio Missoni (b.1921), the patriarch of the iconic fashion brand of zigzag-patterned knitwear, died.
    (AP, 5/9/13)

2013        May, In Myanmar Famoso Clothing, a Japanese owned operation set up in Yangon in 2002, paid its workers about $100 per month to make men’s suits. It was in the process of closing its last Chinese factory where wages had become four times as high.
    (Econ, 5/25/13, SR p.8)

2013        Jul 20, In France 6 people were arrested after overnight violence that erupted in Trappes near Versailles. The trouble began two days earlier when police checked the identity of a woman wearing a Muslim veil and engaged in a scuffle with her husband. It is illegal in France for women to wear full face veils in public but the law is contested in the mainly Muslim suburbs that ring major cities.
    (Reuters, 7/20/13)(Econ, 7/27/13, p.44)

2013        Sep 22, Switzerland's Italian-speaking region was on course to ban the wearing of a full-face veil, projected results from a referendum showed.
    (AP, 9/22/13)

2013        Sep 23, Clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch announced a settlement to pay $71,000 to two SF Bay Area Muslim women who lost job opportunitioes because of their attire.
    (SFC, 9/24/13, p.C1)

2013        Sep 30, Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that his government would lift a ban on wearing headscarves in public institutions as part of reforms to boost rights.
    (AFP, 9/30/13)

2013        Oct 8, Turkey lifted a 90-year-old ban on Islamic headscarves in the civil service as part of wide-ranging reforms driven by the Islamic-rooted government.
    (AFP, 10/8/13)(SFC, 10/9/13, p.A2)

2013        Nov 13, Turkey's parliament lifted a ban on women lawmakers wearing trousers in the assembly, in a further liberalization of dress rules following a landmark decision to allow female deputies to wear the Islamic headscarf.
    (Reuters, 11/14/13)

2014        Feb 16, In Almaty, Kazakhstan, protesters waived their knickers in a protest  ostensibly over a rule regulating synthetic underwear. The “pantie protesters" were rounded up and led away. The real anger was over the recent devaluation of the country’s currency.
    (Econ, 2/22/14, p.35)

2014        Mar 7, Macedonian police said they have arrested 13 people, including the head of a customs office at the Macedonia-Bulgaria border crossing, on suspicion of participating in a ring smuggling designer clothing from Greece and Bulgaria.
    (AP, 3/7/14)

2014        Mar 17, In London fashion designer L'Wren Scott, the girlfriend of Mick Jagger, died of an apparent suicide. Her LS Fashion Ltd. company was heavily in debt at the time it filed its most recent accounts.
    (AP, 3/18/14)

2014        Apr 30, In Italy fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were sentenced to one year and six months each in jail, over charges of hiding hundreds of millions of euros from tax authorities.
    (Reuters, 4/30/14)

2014        Jul 1, The European Court of Human Rights upheld France's law banning face-covering Muslim veils from the streets.
    (AP, 7/1/14)

2014        Sep 24, A German federal court ruled that church-run institutions are within their rights to refuse to allow Muslim employees to wear headscarves at work.
    (AP, 9/24/14)

2014        Oct 20, Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta (b.1932) died at his home in Connecticut. His beautiful clothes defined American elegance for generations and were beloved by first ladies and Hollywood stars.
    (AP, 10/21/14)
2014        Oct 20, Australia's Parliament House lifted a short-lived ban on facial coverings including burqas and niqabs after the prime minister intervened.
    (AP, 10/20/14)

2014        Nov 17, In Kenya nearly 1,000 people marched through the streets of Nairobi to protest a recent rash of attacks by mobs of men on women who have been deemed too provocatively dressed.
    (AP, 11/17/14)

2014        Iran conducted a study that found 49.8% of men and women considered the Islamic veil a private matter and that the government should have no say in it. The study was only made public in 2018.
    (SFC, 2/6/18, p.A4)
2014        In Malaysia Mamapride trousers went on sale in response to religious scholars concerned about women being exposed to male doctors and interns. They were developed by a team of 19 health care workers, five of them women, from the Malaysian medical charity Papisma.
    (Reuters, 7/10/15)

2015        Mar 13, Germany’s top court ruled that Muslim women teachers can wear headscarves as long as it does not cause disruption in school overturning its own 2003 ban.
    (Reuters, 3/13/15)

2015        Jul 1, Chad banned the wearing of the burqa, the Muslim woman’s covering that hides even the eyes, two days after suicide bombers killed more than 30 people.
    (Econ, 2/13/15, p.40)

2015        Aug, Cameroon banned the wearing of the burqa in its northern-most region following suicide-bombings by people clad in burqas.
    (Econ, 2/13/15, p.40)

2015        Sep 10, Irish retailer Primark, owned by Associated British Foods (ABF) opened its first shop in America with a flagship store in Boston.
    (http://tinyurl.com/peo64ze)(Econ, 9/5/15, p.65)

2015        Oct 2, The head of Egypt's Cairo University said a recent decision to ban female staff from wearing the full face veil aims to put an end to student complaints of "poor communication" in class.
    (AP, 10/2/15)

2015        Dana Thomas authored “Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano."
    (Econ., 3/7/15, p.88)

2016        May 15, Iran’s Tasnim news agency said eight members of a modeling network have been arrested and accused of publishing photos of women without the obligatory hijab headscarf on the picture-sharing application Instagram.
    (Reuters, 5/16/16)

2016        Jul 7, Cambodia said tourists showing cleavage or wearing skimpy clothes will be banned from the famed Angkor temple complex, after a slew of photos emerged of scantily-clad visitors at the sacred site.
    (AFP, 7/7/16)

2016        Aug 25, Sonia Rykiel (86), the French fashion designer known as the Queen of Knitwear, died in Paris after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.
    (AFP, 8/25/16)

2016        Aug 26, A top French court suspended a ban on full-body burkini swimsuits that has angered Muslims, feminists and civil liberties campaigners.
    (Reuters, 8/26/16)

2016        Nov 25, In Hungary far-right Asotthalom mayor Laszlo Toroczkai said councilors have voted to ban the construction of mosques and the activity of muezzins, as well as the use of veils and headscarves like burqas, chadors and burkinis worn by Muslim women.
    (AP, 11/25/16)

2016        Nov 29, The Dutch parliament voted to ban face veils in some public places, a law the government said was essential for security but which opponents said pandered to anti-Muslim sentiment.
    (Reuters, 11/29/16)

2016        Dec 6, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a ban on full-face Muslim veils "wherever legally possible".
    (Reuters, 12/7/16)

2016        Dec 12, Police in the Saudi capital said they had arrested a woman for taking off her veil in public and posting pictures of her daring action on Twitter. Several websites identified her as Malak al-Shehri, who triggered a huge backlash on social media after posing without the hijab in a main Riyadh street last month.
    (AFP, 12/12/16)

2017        Jan 10, A European court rejected an appeal by a Turkish-born couple who were fined in Switzerland for keeping their daughters out of mixed-gender, mandatory public school swimming lessons for reasons linked to their Muslim faith.
    (AP, 1/10/17)

2017        Feb 22, Turkey’s defense ministry officials said they will allow female soldiers to wear a headscarf with their uniforms, marking a symbolic shift for a military that has traditionally seen itself as a guardian of state secularism.
    (Reuters, 2/22/17)

2017        Mar 14, The European Union's top court ruled that companies may bar staff from wearing Islamic headscarves and other visible religious symbols under certain conditions, setting off a storm of complaint from rights groups and religious leaders.
    (Reuters, 3/14/17)

2017        May 16, Austria’s parliament approved new legislation banning the wearing of full facial veils in public places to become effective in October. Violators would face fines of about $167.
    (SFC, 5/18/17, p.A3)

2017        Jun 9, New Austrian legislation came into force today that will ban the full-face Islamic veil in public places from October 1.
    (AFP, 6/9/17)   

2017        Jun 19, In Italy Carla Fendi (79), one of the five sisters who transformed the family leather goods business into a global luxury fashion house long known for its furs, died following a long illness.
    (AP, 6/20/17)

2017        Jun 29, Leading global fashion brands and trade unions agreed to continue a safety program involving thousands of garment factories in Bangladesh for another three years. Swiss-based global trade unions — IndustriALL Global Union and UNIGlobal Union — and brand representatives announced the agreement in Paris.
    (AP, 6/29/17)   
2017        Jun 29, The British parliament scrapped a requirement for male lawmakers to wear ties, a move greeted with both concern and celebration at Westminster.
    (AFP, 6/29/17)

2017        Jul 18, Saudi police said they were questioning a woman who appeared in an online video over the weekend in a miniskirt and crop top walking through a historic site in the ultraconservative kingdom.
    (AFP, 7/18/17)

2017        Jul 25, It was reported that American fashion brand Michael Kors is buying luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo in a deal worth $1.35 billion (896 million pounds).
    (AP, 7/25/17)

2017        Jul 29, Hundreds of Turkish women marched in Istanbul to protest against the violence and animosity they face from men demanding they dress more conservatively.
    (Reuters, 7/30/17)

2017        Aug 24, In North Carolina the Durham Public Schools’ board voted unanimously to revise its dress code to prohibit the Confederate flag, Ku Klux Klan symbols and swastikas.
    (SFC, 8/26/17, p.A5)

2017        Aug 27, In Abu Dhabi a Singaporean man and his transgender friend facing jail for dressing in a "feminine" way had their sentences reduced to a fine and deportation. Singaporean fashion photographer Muhammad Fadli bin Abdul Rahman and his transgender friend Noor Vitriya Kistina Ibrahim were arrested earlier this month at an Abu Dhabi shopping mall.
    (AFP, 8/28/17)

2017        Aug 29, Hong Kong-based David Tang (63), the flamboyant and outspoken socialite and entrepreneur who founded the Shanghai Tang fashion brand, died in London after a long battle with cancer.
    (AP, 8/30/17)

2017        Sep 6, French corporations LVMH and Kering signed a joint charter on working conditions in the fashion models industry aiming to protect the health of models. The agreement will take effect this month, in time for the spring-summer ready-to-wear runway collections.
    (AP, 9/6/17)

2017        Sep 8, French fashion tycoon Pierre Bergé (86), the business brains behind the Yves Saint Laurent empire, died at his home at Saint-Remy-de-Provence.
    (AFP, 9/8/17)(Econ, 9/16/17, p.79)

2017        Sep 25, Vietnamese authorities used water cannon and electric rods to end a five-month long protest by villagers blockading a textile plant that serves global fashion brands.
    (Reuters, 9/25/17)

2017        Oct 1, In Austria law prohibiting any kind of full-face covering, known popularly as the "Burqa Ban," took effect. Parties campaigning on an anti-migrant message are poised to win on Oct. 15 and to form a coalition government.
    (AP, 9/30/17)

2017        Oct 18, In Canada legislators in Quebec passed a religious neutrality bill that will oblige citizens to uncover their faces while giving and receiving state services.
    (SFC, 10/19/17, p.A2)

2017        Oct 27, In China Vlada Dzyuba (14), a Russian model, died after working on a photo shoot in Yiwu, about 300 km (186 miles) south of Shanghai. A Chinese modeling agency that hired the girl denied media reports that a "slave contract" contributed to the teen's sudden death.
    (AP, 10/30/17)

2017        Nov 18, French-Tunisian fashion designer Azzedine Alaia (b.1935) died in Paris after winning a worldwide following.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azzedine_Ala%C3%AFa)(SSFC, 11/19/17, p.C10)

2017        Dec 1, A Canadian judge suspended part of a Quebec law banning people from wearing full-face veils when giving or receiving public services, handing a provisional victory to civil liberties groups who argued that the law is unconstitutional and discriminates against Muslim women.
    (Reuters, 12/1/17)

2017        Dec 26, Police in New York arrested a father (55) and his two sons (22 and 18) who had $25 million worth of counterfeit designer accessories in their possession. The knockoff Chinese merchandise was shipped to Kennedy Airport before being distributed to street vendors.
    (AP, 12/28/17)

2017        Dec 27, Tehran's police chief said Iranian police are taking a softer approach to breaches of Islamic rules, opting for education over punishment. Police will no longer arrest women for failing to observe the Islamic dress code imposed since 1979. Violators will be made to attend classes.
    (AFP, 12/27/17)(SFC, 12/29/17, p.A2)

2018        Feb 6, The Danish government proposed a ban on Islamic full-face veils such as the niqab and burqa in public spaces, making it likely to become the next European country to restrict the wearing of the religious garment.
    (AFP, 2/6/18)

2018        Feb 9, In Saudi Arabia a senior member of the top Muslim clerical body said Saudi women need not wear the abaya - the loose-fitting, full-length robes symbolic of religious faith, another indication of the Kingdom's efforts towards modernization.
    (Reuters, 2/10/18)

2018        Feb 23, In Iran a video showing a policeman shoving a woman protesting against mandatory headscarves off her makeshift podium in a busy Tehran street sparked criticism on social media.
    (AFP, 2/23/18)

2018        Mar 12, French couturier Hubert de Givenchy (91), a pioneer of ready-to-wear who designed Audrey Hepburn's little black dress in "Breakfast at Tiffany's," died.
    (AP, 3/12/18)

2018        Apr 4, Austria's right-wing government announced plans to ban girls from wearing headscarves in kindergarten and primary schools to combat what it sees as a threat to Austrian mainstream culture from some Muslims.
    (Reuters, 4/4/18)

2018        Apr 19, Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency reported that Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli has requested an investigation after a video surfaced showing police pushing and pulling a young woman who was resisting arrest for not adhering to the Islamic dress code.
    (AP, 4/19/18)

2018        Apr 20, Saudi sports authorities shut down a female fitness center in Riyadh over a contentious promotional video that appeared to show a woman in figure-hugging workout attire.
    (AFP, 4/21/18)

2018        May 9, In Dubai the sixth edition of Arab Fashion Week opened with fallen angels, Rococo corsets, cupcake headbands and nary a kaftan in sight.
    (AFP, 5/10/18)

2018        May 27, China granted the Ivanka Trump's company final approval for its 13th trademark in the last three months. Over the same period, the Chinese government has granted her company provisional approval for another eight trademarks, which can be finalized if no objections are raised during a three-month comment period.
    (AP, 5/28/18)

2018        May 31, Denmark became the latest European country to ban the Islamic full-face veil in public spaces in a move slammed by human rights campaigners as "a violation of women's rights".
    (AFP, 5/31/18)

2018        Jun 5, American fashion designer Kate Spade (55) was found dead in her NYC apartment in an apparent suicide.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Spade)(SFC, 6/6/18, p.C5)

2018        Jun 12, The European Union's top court defended French fashion designer Christian Louboutin's claim to trademark red soled high-heel shoes.
    (AP, 6/12/18)

2018        Jun 15, Italy's family-owned Missoni fashion house announced that Italian investment fund FSI will take a 41.2 percent stake in the firm to help expand the business and help usher the house toward an eventual public listing.
    (AP, 6/15/18)

2018        Jun 26, In China three China Labor Watch activists arrested last year while investigating abuses at Chinese suppliers for Ivanka Trump's fashion brand were released from bail.
    (AP, 6/26/18)
2018        Jun 26, The Dutch Upper House of parliament passed a law banning the wearing of face-covering veils in public buildings, such as schools, government offices and hospitals.
    (AP, 6/26/18)

2018        Aug 1, Denmark's ban on the Islamic full-face veil in public spaces came into force, with anyone wearing a garment that hides the face in public risking a fine.
    (AFP, 8/1/18)

2018        Aug 3, Danish police were called to a shopping center in Horsholm, a city of some 46,000 inhabitants to confront a woman (28) wearing a niqab garment covering her face. The woman was slapped with a fine of 1,000 Danish kroner ($156) and requested to either remove the veil or leave the premises. She opted to leave.
    (AP, 8/4/18)

2018        Sep 18, Lithuanian authorities said Walmart has agreed to remove shirts with Soviet emblems from its online shop after three Baltic countries complained about the clothing.
    (AP, 9/18/18)

2018        Sep 23, Swiss voters in St. Gallen approved by a two-thirds majority a ban on facial coverings such as the burqa, becoming the second Swiss canton to do so.
    (Reuters, 9/23/18)

2018        Sep 25, It was reported that NY-based Michael Kors is buying the Italian fashion house Gianni Versace in a deal worth more than $2 billion.
    (AP, 9/25/18)

2018        Oct 23, The UN Human Rights Committee said that France's ban on the niqab, the full-body Islamic veil, was a violation of human rights and called on it to review the legislation. It gave Paris 180 days to report back to say what actions it had taken.
    (Reuters, 10/23/18)

2018        Nov 21, The Italian luxury fashion house Dolce&Gabbana apologized for insulting remarks about China it allegedly made in exchanges on Instagram but claimed its accounts had been hacked.
    (AP, 11/21/18)

2018        Nov 22, In China Dolce&Gabbana goods disappeared from Chinese e-commerce sites as the fallout grew over remarks insulting to China that were apparently made by two of its Instagram accounts.
    (AP, 11/22/18)

2018        Nov 23, The co-founders of Dolce&Gabbana apologized in a video on Chinese social media after promotional videos seen as racist and subsequent Instagram messages stoked a furor in one of the world's largest markets for luxury goods.
    (AP, 11/23/18)

2018        Dec 20, Uzbek imam Fazliddin Parpiyev, who ran into trouble for urging President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to lift a school headscarf ban, said he has left the mainly Muslim nation due to pressure from security services.
    (Reuters, 12/20/18)

2019        Jan 9, A US supplier of T-shirts and other team apparel to college bookstores cut its ties with a Chinese company that drew workers from an internment camp holding targeted members of ethnic minority groups.
    (AP, 1/10/19)

2019        Feb 19, Karl Lagerfeld (85), German-born French fashion designer, died in Paris. Lagerfeld was one of the most hardworking figures in the fashion world, holding down the top design jobs at LVMH-owned luxury label Fendi from 1977, and Paris' family-owned power-house Chanel in 1983.
    (AP, 2/19/19)

2019        Feb 25, In Switzerland the international boxing association (AIBA) said it has approved new uniforms for female boxers to wear for religious reasons. Hijabs and full body form-fitting uniforms have been designed.
    (AP, 2/25/19)

2019        Mar 29, A US federal judge in North Carolina ruled that a charter school promoting traditional values is engaging in unconstitutional sex discrimination by requiring girls to wear skirts.
    (SFC, 3/30/19, p.A6)

2019        Apr 18, Polo Ralph Lauren launched a version of its iconic polo shirt made entirely of recycled plastic bottles and dyed through a process that uses zero water. The Earth Polo went on sale, ahead of Monday's Earth Day, at RalphLauren.com and retail stores around the world.
    (AP, 4/18/19)

2019        Apr 29, Authorities in Sri Lanka banned women from wearing face veils under an emergency law put in place after deadly Easter Sunday attacks by Islamist militants.
    (Reuters, 4/29/19)

2019        May 15, Austrian lawmakers approved plans to ban girls in elementary schools from wearing headscarves, a move that would add to existing restrictions on veils.
    (AP, 5/16/19)

2019        Jun 5, Japan's health minister said in response to a petition seeking a ban on requiring women to wear high heels at work that such dress code expectations are "necessary and appropriate" in the workplace.
    (Reuters, 6/5/19)

2019        Jun 24, The US Supreme Court struck down a section of federal law that prevented businesses from registering trademarks seen as scandalous or immoral, handing a victory to California fashion brand FUCT.
    (SFC, 6/25/19, p.D1)

2019        Jun, In Japan Ishikawa Yumi submitted a petition to the government with 18,800 signatures calling for a ban on employers requiring women to wear high heel shoes.
    (Econ, 4/11/20, p.28)

2019        Jul 29, It was reported that Iranian women who post photos of themselves online without their headscarves on could face up to 10 years in prison.
    (AP, 7/29/19)

2019        Aug 6, Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio’s agent said Victoria's Secret has hired Sampaio as its first transgender model, as the struggling lingerie brand seeks to modernize its image.
    (Reuters, 8/6/19)

2019        Aug 23, In France major fashion companies from around the world said they had signed a pact which they would present at this week's G7 summit to help protect the environment.
    (Reuters, 8/23/19)

2019        Sep 3, German fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh (74), credited with inventing the concept of the supermodel in the 1980s, died.
    (Reuters, 9/4/19)

2019        Sep 29, Fast-fashion retailer Forever 21, a privately held company that helped popularize trendy and cheap clothing, filed for bankruptcy late today. Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Los Angeles, the apparel retailer said it will close most of its stores in Asia and Europe but would continue operations in Mexico and Latin America.
    (Reuters, 9/29/19)

2019        Oct 28, France-based LVMH offered to buy Tiffany & Co, known for its engagement rings and ties to Hollywood glamor. The owner of Louis Vuitton and Bulgari sought to expand in jewelry, one of the fastest-growing parts of the luxury goods market.
    (Reuters, 10/28/19)

2020        Jan 25, Fashion retailer H&M said that data security breaches found at its German unit were unacceptable and it was cooperating with the local data protection supervisory authority in its investigation into the matter.
    (Reuters, 1/25/20)

2020        Jan 28, Germany-based Adidas said it will launch new fabrics made from recycled polyester and marine plastic waste and expand the product lines that use them after the success of shoes made with the Parley for the Oceans initiative.
    (Reuters, 1/28/20)

2020        Feb 5, German sportswear company Adidas said it was temporarily shutting a "considerable" number of its stores in China due to the coronavirus outbreak.
    (Reuters, 2/5/20)
2020        Feb 5, Organizers said Italian fashion house Prada is helping to fund a United Nations program that will enlist high school students from 10 cities to spread awareness about how humans impact the world's oceans.
    (AP, 2/5/20)

2020        Mar 15, US sportswear giant Nike Inc said it is closing all of its stores in the United States and several other countries to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 3/15/20)

2020        Mar 21, LVMH, the world's biggest luxury goods group, said it is ordering 40 million health masks from a Chinese supplier to help France cope with the coronavirus outbreak.
    (Reuters, 3/21/20)

2020        Apr 24, Cambodian woman Ven Rachna (39) was sentenced to six months in prison after a court ruled that her Facebook live streams selling clothing and cosmetics while wearing skimpy outfits amounted to pornography. Arrested in February, Rachna will go free early next month with the remainder of her sentence suspended.
    (Reuters, 4/24/20)

2020        May 21, It was reported that Victoria's Secret is closing 250 stores in shopping centers, malls and other locations in the US and Canada.
    (Good Morning America, 5/21/20)

2020        Jul 6, British online fashion retailer Boohoo said it will end relationships with any supplier found to have breached its code of conduct, following a media report about dire working conditions in one English factory. The Sunday Times newspaper had reported that workers in a factory in Leicester, central England, making clothes destined for Boohoo were being paid as little as 3.50 pounds ($4.38) an hour.
    (Reuters, 7/6/20)

2020        In the US far-right armed men, self-styled as "Boogaloo Boys" or "Boojahdeen" began wearing Hawaiian shirts to protests. They are usually adherents of accelerationism, a strange marriage of Marxism and neo-Nazism which holds that the contradictions of the economic and political order will cause it to collapse. Followers encourage any act that will "accelerate" this breakdown.
    (Econ., 5/23/20, p.21)

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