How did we live without them? 10 iconic things that changed the world

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How did we live without them? 10 iconic things that changed the world
How did we live without them? 10 iconic things that changed the world

It's scary to imagine what kind of world we could live in if one day designers didn't invent these very convenient and necessary things.

How did we live without them? 10 iconic things that changed the world
How did we live without them? 10 iconic things that changed the world

Trends come and go, but basic items remain in our wardrobe for decades in their various variations. Here are 10 things that have made life easier for all the women of the world.

Kypron tights

The reason for the emergence of women's tights was the fashion for short skirts that showed women's legs. It was impossible for stockings to hide behind such a length. American actress and dancer Ann Miller was one of the first to wear tights and brought them into fashion from the movie screens.

Little black dress

Coco Chanel's ingenious invention saw the light of day thanks to a completely non-holiday event. It was a mourning for Boy Capel, who crashed on the Cote d'Azur. Chanel could not wear official mourning, since Capel was married to another woman. The French world at first mocked the dress, calling it "an incident, an anecdote, a misunderstanding." But six months later, Chanel had a lot of orders for just such dresses.


In the 50s, pumps become exactly the way we used to see them. Parisian fashion designer Roger Vivière pointed the toes of his shoes and raised the stiletto heel up to 8 cm, and later Salvatore Ferragamo decided to increase the height to 10 cm especially for Marilyn Monroe and the film Only Girls in Jazz. In the modern world, stiletto heels are present in every woman's wardrobe.

Clutch bag

The first clutches appeared in the 17th century, women of fashion wore soft bags with a drawstring that hung on the wrist. The first clutches were so small that they were often made of precious materials and were called minaudières. In the 19th century, clutches of a clear shape without laces came into fashion, they looked much more elegant. With the light hand of Christian Dior, the clutch has become an integral part of the new look and has firmly taken its place in the fashion world.


In 1853, the tailor Levi Strauss made canvas pants with double stitching, belt loops and deep pockets for gold miners. Since then, jeans have gone through many changes: they lost their groin riveting, began to be sewn from twill, acquired different styles and colors. Today, jeans are one of the most important wardrobe items for both men and women.

Push-up bra

In 1994 there was a real revolution in the history of the bra. It was then that the Wonderbra model was invented (“a miracle bra”, which lifted the chest, giving it a more attractive shape). It consisted of 40 parts, instead of the usual 20. The effect of push-up bras is achieved through special pockets that are located at the bottom of the cup and pads made of silicone, foam rubber or gel are inserted into them.


In 1946, a dancer in the first real bikini appeared on the stage of the Casino de Paris in America. The swimsuit got its name from the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. There were nuclear weapons tests. Such a parallel implied that the new bathing suit had a bombshell effect on everyone. But then the bikini was not yet worn everywhere, considering the suit too vulgar and defiant. But in the 60s, during the period of the sexual revolution, women began to wear more and more revealing swimsuits. Since then, fans of an even tan cannot imagine their life without a bikini.

Ballet shoes

Ballet pointe shoes became the prototype of ballet shoes. Ballet shoes gained worldwide popularity thanks to Brigitte Bardot and her film And God Created Woman. They were created by Rose Repetto in 1947. And in 1957, master Salvatore Ferragamo created black suede ballerinas for Audrey Hepburn (who, by the way, wore 41 foot sizes with a height of 176 cm).

Down jacket

The history of down clothes dates back to the 15th century, when for the first time light down clothes from Asia came to the fairs of Russia. These clothes were distinguished by high thermal properties, but were very voluminous, without taking into account fashion trends and visual appeal. The popularity of down jackets was facilitated by Yves Saint Laurent, who made the women's down jacket a light and elegant thing that every fashionista wanted to have in her wardrobe.

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