Fashion follows social contexts, everything that is happening in the world effects what we wear.
Fashion begins in the 14th century
During the 15th century being 'out of date’ became a social concern. Fashion became very political, it showed your status and your allegiance and with more access to fabrics, rich embroideries became popular after king Charles the fifth of Spain. Slashed sleeves came into fashion, the slashes were symbolism of Switzerland defeating Burgundy. With peoples fashion becoming a lot more extravagant a lot of detailing in shirts becomes visible.
Sleeves had a fur lining, tight to the elbow, then flared into a trumpet sleeve. I was quite shocked to learn that men were as richly decorated as the women.
During the 18th century a distinction between day and evening wear became the normal, where before people would wear the same thing all day. which a very steep increase in the amount of cheaper fabrics becoming readily available and the invention of the sewing machine, people began to be able to afford more than one outfit, this lead to people using fashion to display one's identity.
The 50s saw the invention of Dior's New Look and it saw a popularity increase of Levi's ad blue jeans. The term ‘teenager’ became popular and Elvis came to fame. Also in the 50s Nylon and Rayon were invented.
The 80s saw a social change with lives beginning to revolve all around money and finance, it also saw the invention of the first mobile phones. Women's power dressing became very popular in the 80s and a lot of the clothes designed contained shoulder pads. Following on from the disco wear of the 70s, neon clothing. Ready to wear fashion became readily available and sportswear turned into street wear
Hello, Eleanor here, I am currently at Norwich University of the Arts studying Fashion, please join me along my adventure.