History of fashion

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  • Motor sports was popular during this period and began to influence fashion. Women wore driving gloves and wore trousers for the first time.
  • Empire line dress
  • Hobble skirt-had a tight band around the ankles
  • Ankles became visble
  • hats became smaller in size but still had ribbon and lace to create a decorative effect
  • Neckline became lower
  • Lampshade skirt
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  • Jazz music was popular during this period and it began to influence fashion
  • Skirts became shorter
  • Costume jewellary and feather fans were used to accessorise an outfit
  • Flappers
  • The art deco movement was reflected in the design of many dresses which were beaded to create an art deco pattern
  • Flat boyish body
  • Low waistlines
  • Slip-on frocks
  • Finger curls hairstyle
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  • The first TV's were introduced during the 1930s so hollwood stars and screen actors dominated fashion and provided peole with a way to escape the depression e.g. Marlene Dietrich
  • The low waistline and boyish style from the previous decade was replaced with a style that emphasised the waist and hip
  • Bias cut dresses were popular because they would cling the body so would highlight a persons waist and hips
  • Wrap-style dresses were popular
  • Fastenings became features e.g. zips


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  • During the war fabric was rationed due to it being scarce therefore, people had to 'make do and mend' with the clothes they had so they may reuse teared clothes to make new ones or stitch the item back together.
  • Clothes made with no pleats and few trimmings due to the rationing
  • Women were expected to work in factories to help with the war effort therefore, the stylish style of the previous decade was replaced with practical items of clothing e.g. shirts.
  • The shoulder bag was popular during this period because it was practical for working women as it was a suitable size to fit the essentials in and also it was comfortable to wear.
  • At the end of 1940 fashion began to evolve into a new style of pinched waists and full skirts which was influence by Diors 1947 'New Look'.
  • Hats began bigger like in the 1910's and were saucer in shape.
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  • The full skirt and pinched waist from the end of the previous decade continued into the 1950s. Full skirts were woren with nylon petticoats to highlight the waist.
  • Creation of the teenage youth market due to influence from TV, magazines and films
  • The trapeze dress was a popular item during the 1950s. It was triangular in shape and came just above the knee.
  • Cardigans
  • In the 1950s the first man landed on the moon and this influenced fashion. Garments had science-inspired prints on them
  • LBD (Little black dress)
  • Black and white were popular colours of the 1950s due to the influence of rock music
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  • The knee length skirts from the previous decade became shorter in the 1960s.
  • Introduced the paper dress- made from recycled material
  • Bright psycheadlic colours
  • The mods and rockers- these were 2 rival youth groups who each had a distinctive style. Mods wore designer suits protected by Parka jackets and they also rode scooters. Whereas, the rockers wore leather and listened to Elvis and they rode motorcycles.
  • Baby doll dress
  • Catsuit
  • Pop art influenced fashion
  • Sack dress
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  • During the 1970s many people were rebelling against the government due to mining issues and this was reflected through fashion.
  • Black was the key colour of this decade-symbolised rebellion
  • Mini skirts were popular duirng this period and were usually made from leather
  • Fish net tights
  • Also during the 1970s you had the hippie movement. Hippies wore flared trousers and loon pants which had an oriental pattern.
  • The hippie style glasses and long hair styles
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