Oh My What Dress Will I Wear
GREAT HISTORY MOMENTS OF WOMAN'S FASHION
Beginning With Cleopatra In 69 BC-30 BC
69 BC-30 BC - CLOTHING WAS ADORNED WITH GEMS AND JEWELS
This evolution of changing fashion starts back in January 69 BC – 30 BC, with Cleopatra,a strong, beautiful woman whose magnetic sexual appeal won many a heart of some great, successful men. She used Ancient Egyptian fashion well to her advantage employing extravagant costumes rich in golds and jewels. In this era, the pharaonic headdress was high amongst Egyptian fashions and was worn often by Cleopatra herself. It has been reportedly said that Cleopatra was indeed quite plain, unlike the sultry beauty queen portrayed in Hollywood movies, but one must take into consideration that "beauty is in the eye of the particular era" of the time.
. Both men and women Egyptians wore transparent, pleated robes.
. Both men and women wore wigs which they changed every-day.
.The wigs were made from human hair or wool, and on special occasions curly wigs were worn.
. Being wealthy did not mean more jewellery, instead gold was worn with more transparent clothing.
. Slaves generally were naked.
. Sheep's blood was used to colour the lips of Egyptian women.
'The Victorian Age' 1860-1900
THE AGE OF THE INVENTION OF THE SEWING MACHINE 1860
Clothing was becoming more couture design led, and synthetic dyes were now available to produce more intense colours in the fabrics. Dresses were increasingly elaborate with enormous trains on the back of skirts. Indeed the unnatural shape of these extravagant skirts matched with slim bodices, created some very unnatural lines to the female form.
. Loops were used to lift skirts up at the back creating drapery and fullness
. Towards the late 1880's dresses became more slimline, still with the bustle that the rich adored.
. This is perhaps the era where we see the largest quantity of material in any fashion garment.
CORSETS APPEAR AROUND THE MIDDLE OF THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY 'YIKES GOES THE WAIST-LINE'.
It was said that by regularly wearing a corset it will achieve a noticeable reduction on the size of the waist. When they first appeared in the fashion world they were made from multiple layers of linen with wooden busks inserted to shape them. It shows the discomforts women have endured, and still do to this day all for the 'sake of fashion .' This certainly was an era for introducing the so called "Hourglass Figure."
. 'Tightlacing ' is a term applied to the art of applying a corset to achieve a reduction of around 2-4 inch in the waist. The wearer must wear the corset day and night to achieve this unnatural waistline. When the reduction finally occurs, the wearer is then fitted with a smaller corset, and the cycle begins all over again.
. Corsets were not just designed for the female species of these times, indeed some men also chose to wear the tight restrictive garment.
. Ethel Granger held the 'smallest waist' record documented in the Guinness Book Of Records up until the late 1990s. Her waist measurement was a frightening 13inches.
. The main purpose of the corset was to emphasise the hips and the bust, by clinching in the waistline as small as humanly possible.
The 1920s Flapper Dress
FLAPPERS DID AWAY WITH CORSETS AND PANTALOOMS AND HENCE APPEARED THE.... 'STEP IN PANTIES'.
'Flappers' was a term employed for the women in the 1920s who cut their hair in short bobs and danced away to a new jazz style music.For so long woman had been purposely emphasising the female form, and yet in this new era, the fashion trends threw all this far into the wind. The new boyish look was now the new rage.
. The woman's body now had a up and down look with the straight up and down dresses they now attired themselves with..
. Bras were actually sold to flatten the bust line not to emphasise it.
. This was a time in history where there was an obvious move away from the showing of the female curves in favour of this new look. Twiggy, Hollywood sensation, was living proof that thinness combined with a flat chest could take you quite far in life. Millions of women copied Twiggy's appearance world-wide.
The Mini Skirt Creates A Scandal In The Mid 1960s
MARY QUANT WITH HER EXPIREMENTATION FOR A SHORTER SKIRT EVENTUALLY RESULTS IN THE FAMOUS 'MINI-SKIRT '.
Who can forget that on 30 October 1965, the sensation Jean Shrimpton caused amongst the general public when she appeared on Derby Day, first day of Australia's Melbourne Cup carnival in a short white shift-style dress. Not to mention she was practically naked, devoid of her hat and her gloves.
. The mini has ever since remained one of the most popular fashion icons in the entire world.
. In 1965 André Courrèges, fashion designer shifted the skirts away from body-hugging to a looser design, that give women more dignity to those who wished to wear it.
. Mini skirts seemed to lose a lot of their popularity in the mid- 1970s and was replaced by a longer skirt.
. It wasn't until the 1980s that the mini once again made it's sexy comeback.
.The mini has since then, also been adapted in a 'micro-mini ,' and almost anything goes now in today's fashion world.
Hippy Fashions In The Late 1960s To 1970s
THE HIPPY MOVEMENT ANOTHER HUGE CHANGE IN THE FASHION WORLD SAW CLOTHES' SHOPPING IN SECOND HAND SHOPS AND FLEA MARKETS EXTREMELY POPULAR.
The Hippy Generation began to challenge gender differences, and brought in a new freedom to express one's self in a less complicated world of fashion. Women wore little or no makeup, while many also adapted the 'No- Bra look', by throwing away their bras.
. Native American jewelry, head scarves, headbands and long beaded necklaces became popular.
. Bright coloured clothing was increasingly popular, and so was making your own garments.
. Some popular choices of clothing included bell-bottom pants, peasant tops, full skirts, retro look garments and tie-dyed garments.
1970s Disco Fashion
THE DISCO LOOK WAS MEMORABLE BY ITS SHINY CLINGING LYCRA STRETCH DISCO PANTS AND SEXY SPANDEX TOPS.
Saturday Night Fever,had a huge impact on the fashion world, as women worldwide donned their satin flared silver pants with stretch sequin bandeau tops. This was certainly time to adorn the body into a stretch halter jumpsuit and join into the nighttime hot disco action.
. White clothing was also extremely favourable under ultra violet lights at night.
. Dress codes were now employed in nightclubs.
. Often a lot of this shiny, iridescent clothing women were now wearing was in fact, professional dance wear.
. Platform shoes were the perfect accessory for long silver flared pants
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WHICH BRINGS US TO OUR CURRENT WORLD OF FASHION, WHICH AS WE KNOW ALMOST "ANYTHING GOES."