Jules Léotard (1842–1870) French acrobatic performer; developed art of trapeze; popularized the one-piece gym-wear; he was the inspiration for the 1867 song 'The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze'.
Athletic shoe with a canvas upper and rubber sole, developed as beachwear.
Samuel Plimsoll (1824 – 1898) Named because the colored horizontal band joining the upper to the sole resembled the Plimsoll line on a ship's hull (devised by Plimsoll to protect passengers and crews); just as with the line on a ship, if water got above the line of the rubber sole, the wearer would get wet.
Hard derby hat. Originally called Coke Hat.
William Bowler (1849) Designed (by William or Edward Coke) and produced (by the Bowler brothers) to protect gamekeepers' heads from low-hanging branches while on horseback; had previously worn top hats.
Denim work pants.
Levi Strauss (1829 – 1902) German-born American businessman founded the first company to manufacture blue jeans developed by Jacob Davis.
Charles Macintosh (1766 – 1843) Scottish chemist and inventor of waterproof fabrics.
Couch or sofa, deep buttoning, upholstered in leather by hand.
Phillip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773) He was thought to have commissioned the first one, the sofa we now know by his name was inspired much later.
Lightweight all-weather broad-brimmed cowboy hat, made of fur-felt.
John Batterson Stetson (1830 - 1906) On a tour of the West taken (1860s) after being diagnosed with TB, invented hat as an improvement over flea-infested coonskin caps in use.
A race for 3-year-old horses; two types of hats have this name as well, including one type worn by women at the 1st leg of the Triple Crown.
Edward Smith-Stanley,12th Earl of Derby (1752 – 1834) Derby tossed a coin with Sir Charles Bunbury for the honour of naming a race they sponsored; Derby won; the race became known as the Derby Stakes.
Person named after
Man's facial hair in front of the ears.
Ambrose Burnside (1824 – 1881) Original name of the hair style was Burnsides, named after the Civil War general.
Women's loose trousers gathered at the knee, worn under a short skirt.
Amelia Bloomer (1818 – 1894) Advocated as part of women's rights agenda; Saint in the Episcopal Church.
Standing collar with the points pressed to stick out horizontally at the side-fronts, worn with a scarf or ascot.
William Ewart Gladstone (1809 – 1898) British Prime Minister that popularized the style.
Mustache and goatee with hair on the cheeks shaven.
Anthony Van Dyke (1599 – 1641) Popular in 17th century Europe; died out in Britain with Restoration, as French style became popular; some, called 'vow-beards', vowed to wear them until the King did so again.
Hair curling method to get regular waves.
Marcel Graeau (c. 1852-1936) French hairdresser who pioneered the use of hair irons.
Olive-drab military shortened coat, terminating in a waistband.
Dwight Eisenhower (1890 – 1969) Ike requested the waist-cropped style; based on British battle jacket, 'but with more distinctive style'; Eisenhower was a partisan advocate of the British jacket’s functional sensibilities.
Inflatable life jacket.
Mary Jane 'Mae' West (1893 – 1980) World War II Allied soldiers called their inflatable life jackets 'Mae West' in honor of West's famously buxom figure.