Thursday, June 27, 2013

A Pocketful

In 1565 Charles IX of France outlaws purses because, a) they're too easy to hide daggers in, and b) a truly useful fashion advance, the pocket, is invented.

Detail of pocket on man's waistcoat, Britain, 1750's.
Image courtesy of Victoria & Albert Museum.

Charles takes the name from the Anglo-Norman pokete (French: poche), which is already in use to signify a small pouch of purse. What Charles doesn't count on is the invention of the pocket knife!

Courtesy of Let There Be Clothes by Lynn Schnurnberger


  1. Huh, very interesting. I'd never considered when pockets were made.

    1. Nat - I took an historical fashion class in college that revealed all kinds of fun fashion facts like this one. It was my favorite class.