Fashion Artifacts

Help the Smithsonian Save Dorothy's Ruby Slippers From "The Wizard of Oz"

Few cinematic artifacts are as iconic as Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. Never mind that the shoes described by Frank L. Baum in the source material were actually…

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World's Oldest Needle is 50,000 Years Old, But It Wasn't Made by Homo Sapiens

World's oldest needle found in Siberian cave that stitches together human history https://t.co/rCXw1vM8Dr pic.twitter.com/Iqwtumz0Gr— The Siberian Times (@siberian_times)…

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Archaeologists Just Found a 3,000-Year-Old Ball of Yarn

True story: Archaeologists in England just unearthed a 3,000-year-old—and extremely fragile—ball of yarn. Buried in the waterlogged depths of the Must Farm Bronze Age settlement, a…

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Broad Stripes, Bright Stars: The Changing Fabric of the American Flag

Photo by Shutterstock America has come a long way since its birth as a nation in 1776. But just as the country has evolved throughout the years, so has Old Glory. From the arrangement…

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This is the World's Oldest-Known Garment Still in Existence

There’s vintage and then there’s vintage. The so-called “Tarkhan Dress,” a V-neck linen shirt currently on show at University College London’s Petrie…

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Help the Smithsonian Save Neil Armstrong's Moon-Landing Space Suit

REBOOT THE SUIT One of the most fragile items in the museum’s collection, Armstrong’s suit was made to preserve human life in the harshness of space, albeit for a very short…

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Kim Kardashian's Fur Bikini Might Have Been Historical Cosplay

The ridiculousness that is Kim Kardashian came to a head in January, when the reality-show star hit the slopes in Utah wearing a fur bikini—or “furkini,” as she dubbed it…

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"Soundweaving" Turns Traditional Folk Embroidery Into Playable Music

Soundweaving comes from design student Zsanett Szirmay, of the Moholy-nagy University of Art and Design Budapest, who created this mysterious sound artwork by transforming embroidery…

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Neanderthals Turned Eagle Claws Into Jewelry 130,000 Years Ago

Neanderthals are stereotypically portrayed as thick-browed, imbecilic “cavemen,” but our distant relations may have been more intelligent than we give them credit for. A…

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Could This Silk Vest Have Prevented the First World War?

It was the shot that rang around the world. On 28 June 1914, 19-year-old Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip fired a gun at Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and…

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Archaeologists Discover World's Oldest Pants, Worn 3,300 Years Ago

The excavated remains of two trouser-clad men from the primeval Yanghai tombs in western China suggests that ancient nomadic herders put their pants on just like the rest of us: one leg…

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Renaissance Women Removed Body Hair With Lotions of Arsenic, Cat Dung

Photo by Shutterstock Ever think of putting cat poop, arsenic or vinegar on your skin to get rid of pesky body hair? Women in the Renaissance didn’t have our modern waxes, razors and…

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Archaeologists Find 200-Year-Old Douche Under New York City Hall

Archaeologists digging around New York’s City Hall have uncovered a unique piece of feminine history– a douche contraption dating from the 19th century. The oblong tube, made…

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Skinny Jeans Nearly Ruined America's Currency System

Photo by Shutterstock Dollar bills pass through our hands all the time, but we rarely stop to think about where the money comes from. In the late 1800s, when a single currency system…

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The Happy Accident That Resulted in Doctor Who's Iconic Striped Scarf

If it wasn’t for a case of crossed wires, one of Doctor Who’s most iconic accoutrements might never have been. We’re talking, of course, about the Fourth…

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"Necropants," Made From a Dead Man's Skin, Were All the Rage in 17th Century Iceland

Strandagaldur, The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft is home to what is possibly the world’s only intact pair of “necropants.” The fact that it’s a…

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Prince George Baptized in Replica of 172-Year-Old Christening Gown

Even the future King of England can’t avoid hand-me-downs. Per royal tradition, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s firstborn was baptized Wednesday afternoon in a replica…

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Ancient Egyptians Made Iron Jewelry From Pieces of Meteorite

Researchers at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology at University College London have found that a collection of ancient jewelry is out of this world. The 5,000-year-old Egyptian…

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