This week’s trivia challenge by Sarah Phelan-Blamires, public services librarian for Whitman County Library, is a test of your fashion sense.

The Whitman County Library’s online trivia challenge takes place at 5:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month on its Facebook page.

  1. With a net worth of $32.3 billion each, the Wertheimer brothers are known as “fashion’s quietest billionaires.” What famous women’s cosmetic, perfume and clothing company, started in 1913, did they inherit from their grandfather?

  2. This woman poses in the famous painting known as “Austria’s ‘Mona Lisa’” and the necklace she is shown wearing in it reportedly ended up accessorizing the neck of Herman Goering’s wife. Who was she?

  3. This American businessman and reality TV star is founder, president and CEO of the $6 billion dollar clothing company FUBU.

  4. What does the French fashion phrase “pret a porter” mean?

  5. What decade was the bikini invented?



Answers
  1. Chanel. Pierre Wertheimer started the company with then partner Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel.

2. Adele Bloch Bauer. She wore the necklace in two paintings by Gustav Klimt: “The Woman in Gold” and the lesser known “Judith.”

3. Daymond John.

4. Ready to wear. Whereas the high fashion “haute couture” is tailored to the individual client in both size and style.

5. 1940s. On July 5, 1946, French designer Louis Reard unveiled the daring two-piece at the Piscine Molitor, a popular swimming pool in Paris.

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