Who Invented It: Joseph Haspel
Year Introduced: 1909

Seersucker has its roots in British Colonial India—the fabric gleans its name from the Hindustani term "kheer aur shakkar," meaning "milk and sugar," referring to its simultaneously bumpy and smooth texture. In 1909, Joseph Haspel of New Orleans discovered the fabric and thought suits made out of it would be a perfect solution to Louisiana heat. Ironically, they started off being embraced by the poor, until college students in the 1920s started wearing them rebelliously to make a statement. Now, they're a southern style staple.