How Fashion Has Changed Since the 1920s – Part 1
What are the biggest influences to changes in fashion? Is it just the designers, or is it actual events that change fashion? Some of the most popular of fashions are what are known as classic that never seem to go out of style and only experience tweaks.
Some of the other styles have short existence and are often called fads, which are usually short lived and are never worn again. Fashion trends can also be dependent on different types of cliques, that could be associated with music or social status for example. But it is a well-known fact that fashion can also be dependent on different events in history, such as war or the economy. During WWII fabrics were hard to get hold of and practicality was the main purpose of designing or making clothing. In this blog we see how fashions have changed from the 1920s to the present day, and how each decade had its own mood.
Dresses and Skirts
Dresses and Skirts have probably seen the most changes from the 1920s, during the early years after WWI hemlines rose and waist lines were lowered so they rested on the hip. There was a sort of boyish design to the clothing of this period as it was a decade that was considered decadent. In 1929 it was the age of the Great Depression and hemlines returned to below the knee, it was also a period of high femininity and fashions replicating those of Hollywood. Evening gowns could be seen around town made of luxurious velvet or chiffon. Leading up to 1940 floral prints and fur accents were highly popular, the dresses were slim cut and had wide shoulders. This glamour all came crashing down at the start of WWII.
Trying to procure nylon, silk, and wool during this austere period was highly difficult and women’s dresses were made from rayon or viscose. The 1950s saw a return of glamour with pencil skirts and the A-line dresses becoming really popular. The 1960s saw the arrival of the mini-skirt and bold colors were highly popular. In the 70s hippie style dominated with long flowing dresses and skirts abounding. The 80s saw a change to a more austere business look and boxy blazers were all the rage, designs were led by the music industry especially Cyndi Lauper and Madonna.The 1990s saw a return of a more casual look and formal dresses and skirts took a back seat to slacks and jeans. Denim type skirts were popular, and it was an age of really anything goes from provocative short skirts to loose flowing dresses.
Blouses, Shirts & Tops
The 1920s saw the jumper blouse take prevalence, normally made from silk or cotton the blouse has a type of sailor collar. It was normally accompanied with a skirt and would have a sash or belt at the waist. There was also a highly fashionable low-cut shirt with a chemisette attached to hide some of the exposed skin. In part two we continue our exploration of blouses, shirts and tops fashion in the 1930s.