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Elsa Schiaparelli
Military influences in fashion
Military influences in fashion

Over the centuries, at the same time military might has been building borders, shaping national identities and protecting ways of life, it's also been building our wardrobes, shaping our silhouettes and taking fledgling brands to the front lines of fashion — for men and women. Indeed, war's contributions to the world's closets are too numerous for a definitive list — bomber jackets, combat boots, epaulets, raglan sleeves and pea coats, anyone? But here are a few highlights. Khaki trousers: The beige twill trousers known as "khakis" (derived from the Hindi word for dust) have their military roots in uniforms worn by the British colonial forces in India in...

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