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

2 comments:

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

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    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.

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