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Clothing styles are frequently named after people - often with a military connection:

  • The Garibaldi jacket or Garibaldi shirt were bright red woollen garments for women with black embroidery or braid and military details popular in the 1860s; they are named after the Italian revolutionary Giuseppe Garibaldi who visited England in 1863.
  • The Eisenhower jacket or "Ike" jacket is a waist-length, military jacket of World War II origins. Called the "Jacket, Field, Wool, M-1944", it was commissioned by then General Dwight Eisenhower as a new field jacket for the US Forces in Northern Europe. The jacket was based on the British Army 'Battle Dress' jacket of the same era.
  • The cardigan is a knitted jacket or button-front sweater created to keep British soldiers warm in Russian winters. It is named for James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan, who led the Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean War (1854).
  • The Mao jacket is a very plain (often grey), high-collared, shirt like jacket customarily worn by Mao Zedong and the people of China during his regime. Its drab design and uniformity was a reaction to pre-Revolution class distinctions of clothes, with elites dressing in elaborate silks, while poor labourers wore very rough clothes.
  • The Nehru jacket is a uniform jacket without lapels or collars, popularized by Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India.
  • The Bloomer Costume was a type of women's clothing introduced in the Antebellum period, that changed the style from dresses to a more male-type style, which was devised by Amelia Bloomer.
  • The Wellington boot was a cavalry boot devised by the Duke of Wellington, originally made from leather, but now normally rubber.
  • The Stetson hat is named after the founder of the John B. Stetson Company.
  • The Mackintosh is a waterproof coat made from rubberised fabric, named after its inventor Charles Macintosh.

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