The Vow team are not the first to be obsessed with glitter. Way back in the late Stone Age tiny flecks of a shiny rock called Mica were used to add sparkle to cave paintings. In South America the Mayans used Mica to make their temples glisten in the sun. Mica is still used today to create lustre in paint and shimmer in eyeshadow. Cleopatra had a less appealing glitter recipe for her make up using ground gold and crushed beetles.
Like many great inventions glitter as we know it today was stumbled upon by accident when an American cattle rancher named Henry Ruschmann was experimenting with ways to reuse discarded plastic and ended up with a pile of ground up sparkly particles.
Glitter in fashion made its debut in Tudor times and was particularly popular with men keen to make their clothing look more feminine. The craze for sparkle reached its first high the 1920s, when flapper dresses, headbands, shoes and handbags were adorned with rhinestones, beads and sequins.
Glittermania really began in the 1970s when glam rock artists such as David Bowie & Marc Bolan inspired a revolution of sparkle, with fans even applying Vaseline to their faces to glue on the glitter. The glitter craze did not stop there. Glitter is now used across a surprisingly wide range of products including; glitter bombs, nail varnish, fishing tackle, arts & crafts, stationery, make up, toys and of course sunglasses!
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