Long before three-quarter-length pants made a major comeback in the early 2000s (along with bedazzled jeans and halter tops), these were all the rage in the 1950s and 1960s. These mid-calf pants earned the name capris thanks to European fashion designer Sonja de Lennart who named the look after the Italian island of Capri, where ladies were rocking the shorter look in droves.
Lennart's original capri pant became a sexy alternative to lady's trousers, which were basically identical to men's pants at that time. She slimmed down the silhouette and gave women choices of two lengths: one for summer and one for winter. Whether it was fate or sheer luck, Academy Award-winning costume designer Edith Head loved the look and put screen darling Audrey Hepburn in a pair for the film "Roman Holiday," and the rest, as they say, is history [sources: SpeakFashion, FashionTrendsDaily].