It would be ridiculous for me to go on about the entire history of fashion. There is no doubt that historical, political, and economic events throughout time have had there affect on fashion and the type of clothes we wear today. But instead of boring you with a history lecture (something I know I would fall asleep too), I’m going to list my favorite top moments of fashion history trivia, so here goes:
1) I’ll start off by taking us to France in the 1700’s. Marie Antoinette was Queen and with her focus on the importance on fashion, she regularly used something called “fashion babies.” these were dolls about three feet high used to make mock-ups of her future clothing. Queen Antoinette woud use a fashion baby to communicate with her designer about various dress wear. In a way she was the diva of her time.
2)Now I’m going to jump us way forward into the future in to 1940’s U.S. During World War Two, fabrics like silk were hard to come by because of restrictions on materials over seas. One solution was to use a synthetic fabric, nylon, for everything (parachutes, army uniforms). Nylon was a rationed fabric, and was therefore barely worn until after the war was over.
3)Twenty years later, in the 1960s something revolutionary was happening in the fashion world, something called the micro-mini-skirt. The micro-mini-skirt was designed by a British designer , Mary Quant during a civil rights movement in the U.S.
4)The micro-mini-skirt was not the only huge fashion moment during the 1960’s. Models were changing as well. The model”Twiggy” was rising to fame, and with that changing the look and expectations of young women. “Twiggy” was a skinny lady and considered the “it” girl of the decade. Although this was great for Twiggy, this brought about the super skinny models we see every where now.
5)There is a more recent phenomenon and general trend between economics and the length of women’s skirts. If the economy is down, and spending is conservative, the skirts are longer and conservative as well. Likewise, if the economy is booming and spending is high, well the same can be said for hemlines.
6)One woman designer I almost forgot to include is Gabriel “Coco” Chanel. Someone I’m sure you have all heard of, Chanel allowed women to wear powerful looking work suits made of tweed. And maybe one of her most well known accomplishments is that she designed the first “little black dress” aka the LBD.
I can go on about fashion events throughout history but I will stop here. What is your favorite moment in style history? Think about what you are wearing right now and where it came from, what is its history? The next time you buy something that is in trendy, question if it has anything to do with the latest politics or economics, you may learn something new!