Category Archives: Patent fashions

Design patents for fashions or improvements to fashions

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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Patent Fashions – Flexiclogs

Hinged wooden soles were made during World War II in Europe for everyday wear, especially in France. Andre Perugia even took out a patent in 1942 for articulated wooden soles. However, wood-soled shoes were not as common in the U.S. … Continue reading

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Patent Fashions – the zipper

There are many inventions that were  the result of many people, not one individual: the light bulb, sewing machine, wireless telegraphy, telephone… The zipper is also one of those inventions because it was a series of improvements upon previous inventions … Continue reading

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Patent Fashions – The Springolator

In honour of spring I thought this topic seemed timely… The schematic drawings by Maxwell Sachs, filed Dec 11, 1951 and approved October 1954, are for the Spring-o-lator mule – a huge fashion hit in the mid 1950s. As shown … Continue reading

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Patent Fashions – The cantilevered heel

U.S. Patent 2767487 for the cantilevered heel, October 23, 1956, by M. Friedmann Jr.    

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