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Culture, the exterior appearance of America.

By Lexie Lund, pd. 4, due:3/18/11

Lexie Lund

on 18 March 2011

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Transcript of Culture, the exterior appearance of America.

Culture is how people live,
clothing and appearance is a large part
of how people live. Culture,
the exterior appearance of America.
By Lexie Lund We all know how people dress changes around the world... now lets see just how much culture can change... with in ONE nation over time!
In the 1600s, when the first colonists arrived, women's clothing covered every area of the body. The only thing that was accepted to show were their hands, neck, and face. They couldn't even show their ankles! It was seen as "shameful." Lets take a step, or two, back... From the 1600's to the 1700's,
clothing didn't change much. Clothing in the 1700's was usually made from silk, wool or linen. If you were wealthy, you had many outfits and wigs, but if not, people usually didn't have more than 4 outfits. Wigs were essential for men of substance. The 1800's are the time when the clothing got a bit more relaxed. Petticoats were being worn, & stiff, more cone-shaped skirts became popular. Men's shirts were collared and made of linen. Women’s fashion in the early 1900's focused on highlighting the silhouette of the body. Skirts were long, full and often had a small train. However, as the decade ended, skirts grew shorter and shorter, and began to reveal CRAZY glimpses of the ankle. This is when the silhouette of dresses changed a bit again, moving toward a narrower, straighter skirt. The 1920's rolled around and clothing styles officially entered the modern era of fashion. Women began to seperate themselves from constricting clothing, for the first time ever, and openly support more comfortable styles like pants and shorter skirts. In the 1930s you could see the first true distinction between day and night clothing. Men dressed more casually. As time went on, World War II, clothing became a bit drab and uniformity in clothing was embraced, and people were mending the clothing they already had. In fact, supplies were so limited at this time in America, every article of clothing bought was limited to 3 buttons.
By the early 1950s, designers had grown tired of the utilitarian, minimal clothes of the wartime era. People wanted elegance and luxury that had been suppressed during the war years began to seep out again. The “New Look” of fashion in the late 1950's were rounded shoulders, full skirts, and narrow waists And the rest was history! 60's. 70's. 80's. 90's. 2000-2010's The end. (:
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