Thursday, June 18, 2009

Color Crave: The History Fuchsia & Pink

Colors are so versatile, we see them in literally everything around us. We live in a colorful world. Most people can name one specific color as their personal favorite, and others simply cannot choose which one they like the best. Colors are iconic. The red sole of a shoe means it's a Christian Louboutin. A blue box wrapped with a white bow means Tiffany's. Roses are red and violets are blue. Christmas is red and green. Valentine's Day is for pink and red. Easter is home for pastels. You get the idea.

In honor of our brand new feature, Color Crave, I'm bringing you a brief history of the colors we love. You might be surprised when you learn a few facts about the colors in our lives.

Fuchsia. It's part purple, part red, and part pink. Fuchsia is so versatile! Until I began work on this feature I had no idea just how extensive the color is. The first recorded use of the color fuchsia was in 1892. Before the year 1958 (when my mom was born) the color was known as "brilliant rose" in the Crayola crayon box. It was renamed magenta. Fuchsia itself has many incarnations, including Light Fuchsia Pink, Fuchsia Pink, Hollywood Cerise, Deep Fuchsia, Fandango, and Royal Fuchsia.

Pink. It's first recorded use was in the 17th century. It is largely associated with gender stereotypes, as well as sexuality stereotypes, largely focused on the gay (or LGBT) community. On the Thai Solar Calendar, pink is associated with Tuesdays; if you're born on a Tuesday you may adopt pink as your color! It is believed that if your aura is pink you strongly desire relationships. In America our President lives in the White House. In Argentina, the President lives in the Pink House. Of course we all know how much Victoria's Secret, Mary Kay and Barbie all love pink. The kind of pink no one loves: pink slip.

For more information on these two colors, you can click on over to Wikipedia.

1 comment:

  1. That was really great! I never knew any of that history.