Fashion is a powerful form of self-expression and identity that reflects the history and beliefs of a culture. Fabric in fashion plays an important role in how fashion is cultural history, as the use of textiles has created a social and economic history for the world. The importance of quality fabrics has evolved over time. The legendary fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert once observed: “Fashion is history on fabric.
Frame the time in which you live and the place where you live, and the mood of people.” Although it may not be an exact science, throughout the history of fashion, important economic, social, political and cultural events have been communicated through our clothing, whether known or not. From technological inventions to changes in the legislature, several fields have contributed to the evolution of fashion. At our current juncture of unmitigated circumstances—a global pandemic combined with civic unrest in the face of racism against African-Americans—new dress standards have already emerged. Here, we travel back in time to explore those moments and others, in which fashion has changed as a reaction to the world around it.
Are you elegant? Designed for business? A hipster? Vintage? Fashion is clothing that becomes a trend, that tends to reflect a behavior, a mentality or a circumstance. There are rare fashion trends throughout history that tell a story about the people of that time and culture. The fashion trends of the 1940s became more informal, and women regularly wore pants for the first time in fashion history. Although fashion began in Paris, it also moved to other countries, especially the United States, and the concept and practice continue to this day.
It is crucial to understand the general chronology of the history of fashion and the evolution of fashion in order to appreciate the type of impact that fashion has had on society and communities. The world of modern fashion began with a boom in the 80s and 90s, leaving room for even greater expansion in the early 2000s and beyond. The minimalist style and athleticism became fashionable with “less is more” and with the right ideology in people's minds, unlike the extravagance of the past. The accessory had been on the fringes of fashion in recent seasons, however, the outbreak of the coronavirus facilitated its penetration into the market.
In the mid-19th century, Paris began haute couture, a new fashion trend that elevated mere clothing to the status of luxury, personalized and high-quality fashion. This reinvented the way people consumed fashion, as standard sizes were invented and fashion for the masses became popular. The 1980s were a time of fashion extravagance because the economy was finally recovering from the Great Depression. Women's suffrage influenced fashion around the world, as women tried to be stronger and more independent in their choices.
The 60s gave way to the hippie movement, which included fashion trends such as peace signs, tie dye, flared pants and denim, a fashion style also known as bohemian. Fashion has existed through thick and thin, and we can see how it has affected history. Self-sufficiency in the national economy forced the American fashion community to up their game and find their own voice, redefining where fashion had traditionally focused its attention. On the contrary, Jackie Kennedy became a fashion icon around the world, inspiring women to wear tight dresses, small jackets and pillbox hats.