History of Fashion

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What started as a need to protect humans from the extremities of weather and later their modesty has transformed into an industry catering to all kinds of desires of the human world. Fashion spreads like fire and engulfs everything in its path; it includes something as basic as fabric to cover the body to accessories, shoes, and makeup and goes as far as different ways of presenting oneself. Along its journey to the 21st century, fashion has taken various twists and turns delivering blunders and wonders.

Fact #1 – Lice Lead the Way
David Reed, through the method of DNA sequencing, has calculated the time when clothing lice began to diverge genetically from human head lice, establishing the fact that the modern human started wearing clothes about 170,000 years ago.

Fact #2 – Weight of Modesty
While the evolution of the bikini has come a long way, women in the 18th century had prioritized modesty over fashion. They would sew weights into the hems of their swimwear garments to prevent the garment from floating up and showing their legs. The journey also included a fashionable ‘œSea-Side Walking Dress’ and where bathing suits were accessorized with lace-up bathing slippers and fancy caps in the late 1800s.

Fact #3 – Technology
Technology and invention has made a huge difference in the way clothes have been produced; it made the process easier, faster, and more cost effective. The cotton gin could remove seeds from cotton. Elias Howe and Isaac Singer were the first to invent sewing machines in the mid 1800s.

Fact #4 – Width for Fashion
Crinolines were first introduced in the 1830s, where a linen material was woven with horsehair to add more fullness to the skirts and provide an illusion of an extra skirt.

Fact #5 – Practicality
Most of the fashion accessories in history were meant to provide more discomfort than comfort, especially the ruffs (huge collars) and extra pointed shoes that put the person in grave danger of tripping.

Fact #6 – Tale of the Pantaloon
At one point in time, panties were considered too masculine to be worn by women, as they were just considered a shorter version of pants.

Fact #7 – Social Fashion
The clothes an individual wears also go a long way to set the social standing. Rare and expensive silks were meant for the upper class, while the proletariat had to make do with cotton.

Fact #8 – Cover Your Head
Hats have held quite a significant place in the history of fashion. Over the years, various forms and shapes of hats have been invented’”like the Top Hat, The Bowler, The Fascinator, The Kentucky Derby Event hat, The Cloche , The Boater , The Pork Pie, The Fedora, The Panama, etc.

Fact #9 – Religion
Clothes according to the Christian belief are designed in a manner that does not reveal one’s body shape; modesty is the key factor. The dress code for Hindus is determined by the social requirement of the individuals. Married women are adorned with jewels, bangles, and a mangalsutra (black beaded chain), while the widows have to wear white. Islam asks women to cover their heads with a hijab.

Fact #10 – Buttons
Buttons entered the fashion industry in the Bronze Age as an ornament for decoration. Eventually, the French were the first to realize their significance, and they established the Button Makers Guild in 1250. At that time, buttons were used as a status symbol.

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