In 1948, fashion designer Sonja de Lennart developed the first capri pant.
She had designed a line of skirts and belts a few years earlier and named the clothing line after her favorite vacation destination, the island of Capri in Italy. The capri pant was a new and cutting-edge fashion piece, featuring a length and style of pant not yet shown before on fashion runways. The capri pant was embraced by women seeking more daring fashion choices, and, once popularized by celebrities, the trend took off.
Pants which end mid-calf are capri-style pants. Capri pants are distinguishable by their length. They are typically three-quarter's length and end mid-calf or just below the calf. They can be worn either in a tight-fitting style or a looser style. They have been referred to as "clam diggers" or "long shorts," though their length is generally closer to that of pants rather than shorts.
The capri pant style was embraced by popular icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy and Mary Tyler Moore. Audrey Hepburn wore them in the 1954 film "Sabrina," which started the fashion craze. Mary Tyler Moore further popularized them on "The Dick Van Dyke Show," where her character, Laura Petrie, wore them in the home. Capri pants became an instant fashion hit.


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