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Why and how is fashion a "Mirror of our times?"

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Why and how is fashion a "Mirror of our times?"
Early 1900-1939
The years between 1900 and 1939 represent an extremely turbulent historical moment which saw two world wars, Great Depression, and the rise of the suffrage movement. Women's fashion is often said to mirror closely the spirit of the times, and this was clearly seen in the rise and fall of hemlines, color palettes and general relaxing of previously constricting clothing.
Short History of the Corset
A corset is a close-fitting piece of clothing that has been stiffened by various means in order to shape a women's (also a man's, but rarely) torso to conform to the fashionable silhouette of the time.
The term "corset" only came into use during the 19th century; before that, such a garment was usually referred to as a pair of bodies, a stiff bodice.
1910
1920 Flappers & Jazz Age
Fashion to me is considered a mirror of our times because if you look back at the past fashions you will see that a lot of the things being worn were because of what was going on in the world at the time.
Men's trousers were worn cuffed to ankle-length and creased.
Men and women wore dustcoats to protect their clothing when driving or riding in cars.
Skirts rose from floor length to well above the ankle, women began to bob their hair, and the stage was set for the radical new fashions associated with the Jazz Age of the 1920s.
Flappers were so-called new style of the western woman, and the term "flapper" was invented to describe this so called new breed.
Flappers were women who were characterized by their choice of bobbed hair, short skirts, and their enjoyment of jazz music.
The image of the flapper was that of a young woman who frequented jazz clubs at night to dance provocatively, smoke cigarettes, and date men indiscriminately. Other activities they indulged in were driving cars, riding bicycles, and defied Prohibition by openly drinking alcohol. These women also were fond of holding petting parties, where making out and forms of foreplay were popular and also the main event.
The Roaring Twenties

During the Great Depression years of the 1930's fashion was driven by the fantasies of Hollywood.
By desire to return to a more traditionally feminine image for a women, as women were forced by economics to return to a more traditional life.
During the early 1930's hemlines dropped again to just above the ankles, and longer dresses were again vogue for evening wear.
1930 Great Depression
When did fashion become important?
Fashion is a popular style or practice, especailly in clothing, footwear, accessories, makeup, body piercing, or furniture.
Fashion is a distinctive and often habitual trend in the style in which person dresses.
Clothing has beeen a visual mirror of our inner selves.
This expression of identity through dress makes it a ready subject for artistic practices and interpretation and both artists and designers have considered notions of the body and identity as articulated through fashion.
When was the Golden Age of fashion?
The 1930s was one of the Golden Age of Glamour for women's fashion.
Often regarded as some sort of stop gap between the 1920s and the 1930s fashion era is often overlooked as a significant decade for style.
Despite the Depression, it is rememebered as the era of escapism, glamorous Hollywood starlets adorning billboards and as the halcyon days of radio entertainment.
No less in the beauty and clothing styles of women.
How is Silk made?
Why care about fashion?
It shows your thinking is modern and flexible
Fashion has escaspist qualitites to help you deal with the pressure of the world.
Everything you put on sends a message.
Why do people follow fashion trends?
We're drawn to new and novel things that provide a feeling of change, and, perhaps, progress. We also want to belong to be part of something recognizable and there is no more obvious way to demonstrate this than through your clothes.
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