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40 General Costume & Fashion  History Questions 1840 - 1900.

Quiz 3 Questions

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Fashion Quizzes, Puzzles,& Fun - Quiz 3 Questions

40 General Costume & Fashion Questions 1840 to 1900


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  1. What C19th fashion item was called a Coal scuttle?

  2. Which Queen wore widow’s weeds until she died in the C20th?

  3. When was the Cage Crinoline or Artificial Crinoline invented?

  4. Who invented the Cage Crinoline?

  5. What does 'crin 'mean?

  6. Which material was used in such vast quantities in the 1890s that Courtaulds built a textile empire on the sales of it alone?

  7. How long was widow expected to mourn in the Victorian era?

  8. What were engageantes?

  9. Describe articles that were called either a tournure or a bustle

  10. What was Amelia Bloomer famous for?

  11. What fabric style did Queen Victoria help make popular?

  12. What famous exhibition did Prince Albert organise for London in 1851?

  13. What is a Pardessus?

  14. Who discovered aniline dyes used to produce bright fashionable fast colours?

  15. Who was the first real haute couturier of Victorian England?

  16. What was a tailor-made?

  17. What was the Grecian bend?

  18. Who developed 'scientific' theories about the use of hygienic dress and of wearing wool, next to the body?

  19. What was the Married Woman's Property Act 1887?

  20. What fashion silhouette caught on in the late 1860s and ousted the crinoline?

  21. What was Aesthetic dress?

  22. Where did people in Britain purchase aesthetic dress?

  23. Name the famous male Aesthete of the Victorian Era who died in Reading Gaol.

  24. What was a bathing machine used for?

  25. What was promenading?

  26. What were 'uglies'?

  27. When was the metal zip first invented?

  28. What was the name of the big sleeve popular in the 1890s?

  29. What was a casaque?

  30. What was a paletot?

  31. What cloth did Thomas Burberry patent in 1879?

  32. How did the term Raglan sleeve or Raglan style come about?

  33. Which two paper dressmaking pattern companies helped women to make more of the domestic sewing machine?

  34. Name 3 fashion designers of the late Victorian or Edwardian era.

  35. What was a plumassier?

  36. What is a mancheron?

  37. Who founded the original Chambre Syndicale?

  38. Who is considered to be the inventor of denim jeans as we know them today?

  39. When did a dog collar first become fashionable in clothing?

  40. What does Haute Couture mean?

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