10 Iconic Fashion Pieces Named for People or Places


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The Leotard
Jules Leotard (seen here) became known for inventing the flying trapeze routine in the mid-1800s. New York Public Library Digital Collections

Whether you've worn it in dance class or just as part of a kitschy Halloween costume, you know the unmistakable skin-tight silhouette of the leotard. But did you know the garment is named for a French guy?

Jules Leotard was the man responsible for inventing the flying trapeze routine in the mid-1800s. He was reportedly a big hit with female spectators because the knitted onesie he wore during performances really showcased his muscle tone. That stretchy suit, which allowed freedom of movement, was originally called a maillott, which is French for "shirt." But after Leotard's untimely death in 1870 from an infectious disease (probably small pox) the name slowly changed to pay tribute to the athlete [source: Upton].