Special Sub-Topic: That Suits Me Just Fine
|What is the origin of the word tuxedo?|
Was first worn at Tuxedo Park, New York. The tuxedo was first seen at the Autumn Ball in Tuxedo Park, New York in 1889 being sported by Pierre Lorillard IV, a local blue-blood. The suit style was an instant hit and a new style of men's dress suit was born. Although styles vary, a tuxedo is usually black and worn with a white dress shirt, black dress shoes and a broad sash called a cummerbund.
|What activity would you be probably be engaging in if you were wearing a dry-suit?|
Underwater diving. A dry-suit is a form fitting neoprene or rubber suit used for thermal protection while diving underwater. It is usually used in place of a wetsuit when diving in cold or deep water, or for longer periods of time. These waterproof suits must be inflated or deflated while in the water depending on the depth of the diver. When diving in very frigid waters an one piece thermal under-suit is worn to provide even more thermal protection. Dry suits first came out in the 1930s and their safety designs have increased rapidly.
|Which one of these options is the name for a series of skirmishes that took place in 1943 Los Angeles between white sailors and local Latino youths?|
Zoot Suit Riots. The Zoot Suit Riots were a set of riots mainly between U.S. Navy and Marine personnel and local Mexican American males who were easily recognisable from the Zoot suits that they liked to wear. Part of this was because the Zoot suit was considered to be a very extravagant clothing item, especially during a time of war. The pants were high-waisted, wide-legged, and tight cuffed. The jackets were long with heavily padded shoulders and wide lapels. This design required an immense amount of material that many felt should be going towards the war effort. The Zoot suit was worn by many men of all backgrounds but was especially popular with minorities.
|What was the name of the suit worn by women during the Victorian era that was designed for them to wear while participating in equestrian pastimes? |
Riding habit. The typical Victorian riding habit involved a long skirt with appropriate petticoats and a tightly fitted long sleeve jacket and a feminine white tailored shirt. A man's style hat was also part of this outfit, often a top hat with a veil. Ladies of the day rode side-saddle, with both legs on one side of the horse. Spreading the legs apart to ride in the same style as men would have been extremely indecorous.
|The innovative Skafandr Kosmicheskiy suit was first worn by which of these men?|
Yuri Gagarin. The Skafandr Kosmicheskiy was the first spacesuit and was worn by the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin. Bright orange in color with the ubiquitous space helmet this suit was improved upon on every mission, and today there are a multitude of different designs in use. The primary mission of a space suit is to keep stable internal pressure. Did you know that astronauts are susceptible to compression sickness (the bends) just like divers?!
|What kind of fabric was usually used to make a Leisure suit?|
Polyester. The Leisure suit was a semi-casual suit popular in the 1970s. It consisted of a shirt-like jacket and pants, which were often bell bottoms. Unlike the more conservative colors found in regular men's suits of the time, the Leisure suit came in a huge variety of colors from pastels to plaids and was usually made from some form of polyester.
|Which one of the following things would you be most likely to see on a Nudie Suit?|
Embroidered flowers. A Nudie suit was the name for the highly embroidered, spangled, and rhinestone encrusted suits often worn by country singers of the 1960s and the 1970s. The tailoring varied slightly but usually a jacket and pants with a dress shirt. It was the colorful embellishments that made this type of suit hard to miss. The Nudie suit got it's name from Nudie Cohn who designed and made these suits for all the major male country stars of the time.
|Which kind of suit would you wear to play the sport of miniten?|
Birthday suit. Miniten is a form of tennis that is play exclusively by nudist or naturists. The uniform that is worn to play this sport is your birthday suit. A miniten court is smaller than a tennis court and instead of a raquet, a wooden implement worn around the hand is used. This sports was developed in the 1930's when there were fewer nudist colonies and most did not have enough land to make tennis courts. The word miniten is a portmanteau word that combines the words MINIature TENnis.
|Burgonet, vambrace, and greave are all parts of a suit of armour.|
True. Suits of armour have been worn for centuries by many different cultures as protection during a battle. These metallic suits are true works of art and craftsmanship. There were many pieces to a suit of armor and these pieces and the overall design changes with geography and history. A burgonet was a light open face helmet worn with a suit of armour during the end of the 16th century. The vambrace was the part of the suit of armour that covered the forearm and remained in use until the mid 19th century. The greave was worn on the lower leg and protected the knee, calf and ankle.
|Ascot, cravat, and bolo are all different kinds of vests or waistcoats to be worn under a suit jacket.|
False. These are three examples of neck-wear that is worn with a dress suit and not a type of vest or waistcoat. The ascot is a type of broad neck scarf that is worn knotted so that the ends lie flat, one on top of the other. The cravat is a strip of fabric or scarf that is worn around the neck and then tucked inside an open-necked shirt. A bolo is a long thin necktie that looks somewhat like woven leather rope with aglets at the end and an ornamental fastener at the throat.
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