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Transcript of Fashion
However, fashion changes still occurred slowly, sometimes hundreds of years apart.
It wasn't really until the 20th century that fashion trends began to emerge more rapidly.
Men continued to look dapper, and spectator shoes became all the rage. Facial hair became less fashionable.
Sombre browns, blacks and blues were the acceptable dress code for men. Jackets with padded shoulders and fuller sleeves soured in popularity
Christian Dior made a splash with his elegant, frothy creations.
Another fashion for men was the "Mod" look, tight fitting suits with an anorak worn over it.
Nowadays, teenagers particularly guys love to wear baggy pants! But did you know this kind of style originated from the inmates of Los Angeles Prison? They weren't allowed to wear belts so that explains the hanging style of jeans!
In ancient times people wore clothing made from animal skins and grasses that was suited to their climate.
Then for hundreds of years during Greek and Roman times, cloth was just draped over the body in various ways.
By the time of the
Renaissance (15th century),
fashions were elaborately
made and women wore
up to five layers of clothing.
World War I brought a fashion trend which would become a classic unisex fashion - the trench coat. Thomas Burberry designed the trench coat to keep soldiers dry and warm in the trenches. Nowadays it is still considered stylish wear.
Men's trouser legs
whitened to a massive
width of 61 centimetres ,
and the look that emerged
was that of a dandy,
complete with cane,
stiff collar, bow tie,
and bowler or straw hat.
However, perhaps the biggest change was some women started wearing trousers due to war time work meaning women needed to wear more practical clothing. Short skirts (below the knee!) appeared, and a new era began.
Men in this time wanted to look tall, slim and athletic.
Day wear was a three-piece suit.
A dark tail coat and trousers with a light or dark waistcoat was considered appropriate evening wear.
Hair was worn short and facial hair was popular
This time is usually referred to as the Edwardian period. Women forced themselves into tight, restrictive corsets which created an S shaped silhouette. A corset is an undergarment that was pulled very tightly to make your waist look very small. It was rather torturous for women. Doctors advised against wearing corsets because they were restrictive to the point of damaging the health of those who wore them but women wore them anyway.
Upperclass women were
hidden under layers of underskirts, trains,
scarves, hats, and gloves.
The Roaring 20's
During this decade the desired silhouette was the boyish figure. Women typically wore straight up and down dresses with dropped waists.
Hemlines began to creep up calves and women were able to enjoy newfound comfort wearing slip on dresses and no waist tightening corsets.
Red lips, cigarettes, bobbed hair, hairbands worn across the forehead and flapper dresses were all popular looks.
During the 1930's there was a return to glamour with Hollywood films influencing fashion. Think elegant bias cut gowns, worn with feather boas.
For the first time fake jewellery is introduced by Chanel. This jewellery was just as attractive as the real thing.
Pleats, fur, and understated elegance replaced the extravagent styles of the Roaring Twenties and
skirts returned to longer lengths!
Due to World War II and rationing there was very little fabric available for fashion.
Fashion was the least of mens worries as most of them were all off fighting.
For women, colours were dull and style had a military influence.
But then, Christian Dior, a French designer, introuduced a very feminine look. What he called "The New Look" had a tight fitting top and a very full skirt.
Most women couldn't afford tights due to the shortages caused by the war so they drew lines with eyeliner down the back of their legs to create the look of the seam on tights!
The tiny waist and full skirt remained a popular look during the 1950's.
Levis Strauss began selling denim jeans to farmers and workers but when Elvis wore them on stage they became a popular look with men.
Chanel continued to market an elegant look which saw women wearing trim suits, hats, gloves and pearl necklaces.
Women wore hats and gloves, and shoes always matched handbags. Pencil skirts featured slits in the back, so women could actually walk!
The Swingin' 60's
The 1960s created a number of diverse trends. It was a decade that broke many fashion traditions, mirroring social movements during the time.
The mini-skirt, go-go boots,
were all popular trends.
It also saw the
introduction of the bikini.
For the first time, false eyelashes were being worn and hairstyles had a bit of everything thrown in.
Drain-pipe jeans (skinny jeans) became popular with young men. Hats were no longer worn by men and their hair became much longer.
Up to the 20th century designers did not use models to present their creations and designs. They used little dolls instead!
Lots of women can't step outside their front door without wearing jewellery. But did you know that it was men that first started to wear jewellery? It was to show their status in society and victory in battle!
Imagine yourself without eyebrows. Wouldn't you feel weird? Check out the Mona Lisa, she doesn’t have eyebrows. That’s because people from the renaissance period shaved their eyebrows off as part of their fashion.
Fashion goes around in circles...
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