Fashion History

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Introduction What is fashion? Fashion is something we deal with everyday. Even people who say they don't care what they wear choose clothes every morning that say a lot about them and how they feel that day. One certain thing in the fashion world is change. We are constantly being bombarded with new fashion ideas from music, videos, books, and television. Movies also have a big impact on what people wear. Ray-Ban sold more sunglasses after the movie Men In Black. Sometimes a trend is world­wide. Back in the 1950's, teenagers everywhere dressed like Elvis Presley. Who dictates fashion? Musicians and other cultural icons have always influenced what we're wearing, but so have political figures and royalty. Newspapers and…show more content…
In this period, sleeves were much wider, and capes, veils, chin straps, and head coverings were often worn. The styles of the late 1960's closely resemble the Gothic Age with the exception- of seams instead of laced and tied garments. Renaissance By the High Renaissance period, the time of the Eli2abethan Age and of Shakespeare, patterns were being experimented with and styles were changing. The waist was finally accented by boned bodices, the hips flared out, necklines dropped low, and sleeves were padded in sections all the the way down the arm. The Spanish originated farthingale was created at this time. The farthingale was thought to have been worn to hide pregnancies. Another garment that looked like a sleeveless robe was worn over dresses and formed almost a hunchback appearance because of farthingale width at the hips. Cavalier and Baroque The Cavaliers, living in the 17th century, wore breeches, mid-thigh length capes, and wide-brimmed hats. This look is closely associated with the "Three Musketeers". Lace was also very popular at this time. Men wore wide lace collars, lace cuffs, and lace boot cuffs. Women also wore wide lace collars on dresses with softer looks to them than those of the High Renaissance. Louis XIV The Cavalier styles were taken over by the wardrobe of King Louis XIV of France. King Louis was said to have adored fashion and was always superbly dressed. He
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