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Fashion is a popular style, especially in clothing, footwear, lifestyle, accessories, makeup, hairstyle and body.[] Fashion is a distinctive and often constant trend in the style in which people present themselves. A fashion can become the prevailing style in behaviour or manifest the newest creations of designers, technologists, engineers, and design managers.

Because the more technical term costume is regularly linked[by whom?] to the term "fashion", the use of the former has been relegated to special senses like fancy-dress or masquerade wear, while the word "fashion" often refers to clothing, including the study of clothing. Although aspects of fashion can be feminine or masculine, some trends are androgynous.

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An "Anthony Eden" hat, or simply an "Anthony Eden", was a type of headgear popularized in Britain in the mid-20th century by politician Anthony Eden, later 1st Earl of Avon (1897-1977). Eden, who was known for his sartorial elegance, favoured a silk-brimmed, black felt Homburg at a time when most Britons preferred the trilby or the bowler. Eden held a number of cabinet posts in the 1930s and 40s and was Prime Minister from 1955 to 1957.

The hat became so associated with him that it was commonly known in the UK as the "Anthony Eden" (or, in London's Savile Row, simply as the "Eden"). It was not marketed as such and the name was purely informal, but the use of the term was widespread, entering dictionaries and phrase books: for example, it was still listed in the 17th edition of Brewer in 2005 and as recently as 2010 the fashion "guru" Trinny Woodall cited the hat as an example of Eden's reputation for being well dressed. It came into particular vogue among civil servants and diplomats in Whitehall and, to that extent, rather belied the stereotypical view, that lasted until well after the Second World War, of civil servants as a "bowler hat" brigade. Read more...

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Laura Torrisi in an evening gown at Venice International Film Festival, 2009

A gown, from the Saxon word, gunna, is a usually loose outer garment from knee- to full-length worn by men and women in Europe from the Early Middle Ages to the 17th century, and continuing today in certain professions; later, gown was applied to any full-length woman's garment consisting of a bodice and attached skirt. A long, loosely fitted gown called a Banyan was worn by men in the 18th century as an informal coat.

The gowns worn today by academics, judges, and some clergy derive directly from the everyday garments worn by their medieval predecessors, formalized into a uniform in the course of the 16th and 17th centuries. Read more...

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Lotus shoes
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A pair of lotus shoes, which are shoes that were worn by women in China who had bound feet. They were delicately constructed from cotton or silk, and small enough to fit in the palm of a hand. They are cone or sheath-shaped, intended to resemble a lotus bud. Though foot binding is no longer practiced, many lotus shoes survive as artifacts in museums or private collections.

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Princess Alexandra in her wedding dress

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Susannah Constantine on right next to Trinny Woodall
Susannah Caroline Constantine (born 3 June 1962) is an English fashion journalist, advisor, television presenter, author and designer. Her second book, entitled What Not to Wear, has won her a prestigious British Book Award and sold 670,000 copies. Constantine was born into a wealthy family; her father was successful in property and shipping sectors. She was privately educated as a child and went on to date British royalty, David, Viscount Linley, during the 1980s. Constantine has been involved in fashion for a long period, originally working in America for Giorgio Armani and then John Galliano in London. She met Trinny Woodall in 1994 who both proceeded to write a weekly fashion column, Ready to Wear. They founded Ready2shop.com, a dot-com fashion advice business, and wrote their first fashion advice book in 2000, Ready 2 Dress, both of which failed. From there they were commissioned to BBC Two to host the style series, What Not to Wear, from 2001 to 2005. She made regular appearances as a style advisor on The Oprah Winfrey Show and following her success on the shows, she went on to co-host Trinny & Susannah Undress... on ITV in 2006 and Undress the Nation in 2007. Constantine and Woodall have now dressed over 5,000 women.

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Karl Lagerfeld
Fashion is a language that creates itself in clothes to interpret reality.

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History of Western fashion Ancient world o Egyptian o Biblical o Greek o Roman o Byzantine o Early Medieval o Anglo-Saxon o 12th century o 13th century o 14th century o 15th century o 1500-1550 o 1550-1600 o 1600-1650 o 1650-1700 o 1700-1750 o 1750-1775 o 1775-1795 o 1795-1820 o 1820s o Victorian o 1830s o 1840s o 1850s o 1860s o 1870s o 1890s o 1900s o 1910s o 1920s o 1930-1945 o 1945-1956 o 1960s o 1970s o 1980s o 1990s o 2000s o 2010s

Materials o Cotton o Fur o Leather o Linen o Nylon o Polyester o Rayon o Silk o Spandex o Wool

Dresses Ball gown o Cocktail dress o Débutante dress o Evening gown o Gown o Jumper dress o Little black dress o Petticoat o Sari o Shirtdress o Sundress o Tea gown o Wedding dress o Wrap dress

Footwear o Stocking o Tights o Toe Tights o Leg warmer o Leggings o Athletic shoe o Boot o Court shoe o Dress shoe o Flip-flops o Hosiery o Sandal o Shoe o Slipper o Sock o Toe Sock

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Tops Blouse o Crop top o Dress shirt o Halterneck o Henley shirt o Hoodie o Jersey o Guernsey o Poet shirt o Polo shirt o Shirt o Sleeveless shirt o Sweater o Sweater vest o T-shirt o Tube top o Turtleneck o Twinset

Trousers or pants Bell-bottoms o Bermuda shorts o Bondage pants o Capri pants o Cargo pants o Culottes o Cycling shorts o Dress pants o Jeans o Jodhpurs o Overall o Parachute pants o Phat pants o Shorts o Sweatpants o Windpants o Yoga pants

Skirts o A-line skirt o Denim skirt o Leather skirt o Men's skirts o Microskirt o Miniskirt o Pencil skirt o Prairie skirt o Rah-rah skirt o Skort o Wrap

Suits and uniforms o Academic dress o Black tie o Cleanroom suit o Clerical clothing o Court dress o Gymslip o Jumpsuit o Kasaya o Lab coat o Morning dress o Pantsuit o Red Sea rig o Romper suit o Scrubs o Stroller o Tuxedo o White tie


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