Some History of Women's Fashion

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  • Author Sally Hamilton
  • Published July 2, 2017
  • Word count 507

Interested in a little fashion history? Well let’s take a trip down memory lane and start with the eighteenth century. Dress of the eighteenth century was full of irregularities and oddities. However, little did we know that the 18th century would become an icon within the historical past of style and fashion.

The straight skirt was the dominant shape of the 1920's. But, flaring skirts also became very trendy. The modern silhouette continued to change for ladies from the bustle, which perched at the back of the costume, to the smooth traces of an hourglass shape by the close of the century.

The early 1940's style was dominated by the Americans. However, many great designers comparable to Elsa Schiaparelli had left their native France and moved stateside to continue their work in the American market as it was more profitable at the time to do so and dreams were running high.

Then in 1947, Christian Dior completely changed the style industry, in addition to creating the look that has dominated time for the past half century.

The early 1950's fashion world remained captivated by the French with Dior and Cristobel Balenciaga from Spain who based his Paris fashion home in 1937. Then, Pierre Cardin who was instrumental in helping Dior develop his series within the late 1940's and two more extremely popular names were added to the pack: Pierre Balmain and Hubert de Givenchy.

Designers held fashion shows two times annually, in London and New York, and the designers would trade designs so that both could showcase Western and English style and fashion. Then, cheaper – less extravagant models were rapidly produced and churned out like butter to the mass market for sale in the fashion world.

When Pop was born, the retro theme of the 60's, 70's and 80's arrived - mostly in the music industry. Most importantly, the Beatles took it upon themselves to enthusiastically embrace the motion of the quilt – on the long lasting Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club. Ladies' apparel fashionistas were the glamorous girlfriends of famous musical pop acts such as the Rolling Stones, The Kings, and The Who.

Designers continued to hold their fashion shows and more of the styles we see today started hitting the shelves at speeds that nobody had anticipated whatsoever. Rapidly, the fashion industry was exploding and women were adding more and more accessories to their wardrobe all while experimenting with dramatically different hairstyles.

Then, some female fashion designs hit the main stage with their purses and accessories with names such as Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, Donna Karan and Dolce & Gabbana. The purse and handbag accessories have grown to become a necessity in today’s society.

There you have it! There is your primer on fashion history and how we arrived at the point where we are today. The 21st century features a surprising mixture of vintage, retro, and very experimental fashion styles. Almost no style is considered "out". If you can make an older style work, then there is no reason not to rock it!

Sally Hamilton retired from the business world after working 41 years as an administrator and human resource manager. Her interest now lies in the fashion world. She is an advocate against the slaughter of live animals for their skins to make leather products. She hopes consumers will stock their closets with vegan leather clothing instead. These animals will become extinct within the next ten years. Sally's website is devoted to vegan leather and suede products.

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