Fashion in the 20th Century Essay

1219 Words Sep 3rd, 2005 5 Pages
Fashion is said to be evolutionary and not revolutionary. This was not true in the 20th century. Fashion revolutionized America and the rest of the world during this time period. Also, during this time period fashion evolved tremendously. New fabrics and innovations were introduced to America. When World War I came about, people had to sacrifice their clothing for the men at war and they dressed more conservative. Christian Dior changed all of that when he came out with the "New Look." This look consisted of draped gowns with a lot of fabric being used. What Christian Dior was basically saying was that we should not have to sacrifice how we dress. In the 20th century, new synthetic fibers were invented, making new fabrics come to life like …show more content…
Colors were often muted or deeper hues, but brighter color was also accepted. Abstract prints became more popular and were in contrasting shades. Large collars and cuffs were popular. Also, a standard motif throughout the decade was the two-piece belt or jacket clasp, worn at the center waist. Nylon was invented in this era and also stretch weaves in fabric. Salvatore Ferragamo invented platforms on high-heeled dress shoes and costume jewelry was accepted by society thanks to Chanel. Soft but wide shoulders, corseted waist, and full hips were the hallmarks of 50's wear, but silhouettes were also more varied. Common designs in this era included more casual dresses with tied shoulder straps or halter straps, boned bodices and the circle skirt, long-sleeved button-up sweaters with a plain, ribbed neck, often beaded or appliquéd, and similarly fitted eveningwear that had a heart-shaped, opaque, strapless bodice with a sheer silk or nylon over-bodice. Futuristic prints of all types appeared in bright, abstract designs apropos of the atomic era. Colors in the evening were now both subtle and bold, as peacock blues and hot pinks were acceptable. New fabrics that were introduced were acrylic, spandex, and finally polyester. In the 1960's, everyday clothes and fashions were quite simple. Usually A-line or shift dresses were worn with lengths between the high thigh and

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