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Why are buttons on men and women’s shirts placed on different sides?

The reason why men’s shirts have their buttons on the right side while women’s garments have theirs on the left stems from opulence and convenience. In the 19th century, only affluent women can afford clothes with buttons. And if you are a well-off lady during those days, you don’t dress up by yourself, you have chambermaids to dress you up so their buttons were placed on the side most convenient for right-handed servants. The idea must have came from dressmakers who assist clients during fittings.

In the case of men’s buttons, even the wealthiest bloke of the olden times generally dressed themselves up, even if they have servants who can very well assist them.  Thus, the buttons are on the right side to make fastening or unfastening a piece of garment quicker and easier for the right-handed man. This proved to be useful during unexpected duels where gentlemen can easily unbutton their coats with their left hand while drawing their swords with their right.

 

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What happened to Lady Gaga’s meat dress?

No, Lady Gaga and her staff didn’t have a grilled steak party after last year’s MTV VMAs. The controversial meat dress that the pop icon wore at the said awards night is one of the featured outfits in an exhibit in America’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. It is on display as a part of the ‘Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power’ exhibition in Cleveland, Ohio. The dress, by designer Franc Fernandez, is made entirely of raw animal flesh, was hand-sewn, and has been preserved, dried, then painted to look fresh.

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Who invented the necktie?

The necktie that we know today is a descendant of the cravat.  No individual person can be credited for its invention. The cravat‘s popularity began in 1660 when a group of soldiers from Croatia (now part of Yugoslavia) came to Paris to join in a parade. The Croatian soldiers wore brightly colored neckerchiefs which the French liked so much. Soon, the French began wearing them too and other European countries followed suit. The colorful neckerchief were called cravat, which comes from a French word for “Croatian.”

As time passed and fashion changed, so did the cravat until it became the streamlined neck wear of cloth that we call neckties today.

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Who invented the engagement ring?

The engagement ring didn’t appear until the 13th century but Egyptian Pharaohs were already wearing wedding rings which they believed symbolize eternal love because of their circular shape. The wedding ring is also said to symbolize perfection, perfect unity with no beginning and no end, holiness, peace, sun, earth, and universe.

It was King Edward VI of England who declared that the third finger of the left hand was to be the ring finger in 1549. He believed that this finger had a special vein called the “vena amoris“, or the “vein of love”, which ran directly to the wearer’s heart.

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