Category Archives: Patent fashions

Design patents for fashions or improvements to fashions

Protecting your make-up in 1970

For the woman who has a recent perm or too much make-up and who enjoys the “thrills of the shower” in 1970. Not sure how it could be useful at the beach though…

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Patent Fashions – Before the Reebok pump

It was not Reebok but Fillmore Moore of Farmington Connecticut who built the first inflatable shoe. His 1893 patent describes the technology for a rubber bag midsole that “when the screw plug is turned … air can be blown into and … Continue reading

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Edison’s contribution to fashion

Edison inadvertently invented the device that would become the modern tattooing machine. In 1875 he invented an electric writing instrument consisting of a steel needle driven up and down the barrel of a pen. The device punched tiny holes into … Continue reading

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Patent Fashions – Changeable heels

In 1956 I. Miller launched a shoe that was engineered to take interchangeable heels. The idea was to extend the wearability of one pair of shoes from day into evening, or for increasing the potential for one pair of shoes to accessorize … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – The Wonderbra

The Wonderbra story began in 1939 when Moe Nadler founded the Canadian Lady Corset Company in Montreal. With a shortage of elastic during World War II, Nadler acquired the license to an American patented bra design that used diagonal support … Continue reading

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As Seen In – Regola – 1949 convertible suit and coat

Last week when I blogged about Ellen Peterson I mentioned the patent she registered in 1949 for a suit design she called ‘Regola’, the jacket of which could be converted into a coat with the addition of a skirt and … Continue reading

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Patent Fashions – Met-A-Lace

Met-A-Lace was a Canadian patent shoelace replacement consisting of metal bars that anchored through the holes on one side of the opening of a pair of laced shoes or boots, hooking into the opposite side. The display box carried a … Continue reading

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Patent Fashions – 1912 adjustable dress form

Simplex Adjustable Dress Form, Brooklyn, NY, Pat. Feb 20, 1912.  Patent 1,018,377 is for the adjustable knob on the top that you could dial to your size (arms mechanical push out the bodice sections to give accurate chest, waist and … Continue reading

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Patent Fashions – Stiletto Heel Protectors

The first few lines of the U.S. Patent Office application for heel protectors reads: “Recently…the tapering of the heels has increased until … the bottoms…are about a quarter of one inch across. Such heels tend to get caught in the … Continue reading

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Patent Fashions – Nod and Shake Fogless Goggles

U.S. patent 1,433,676, granted October 31, 1922, are fogless goggles designed for working with noxious gasses in an industrial setting. There is a space between the rubber flange and the eyeglass that you add water to, and when condensation builds up … Continue reading

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