Fashion in the 20th Century Essay

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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…
Common designs were long, ethnic influenced tunics with a skirt and waist sash, and horizontal layered appearance in skirt or vertical wrap effect on tailored jacket-and-skirt sets and dresses. Rayon was invented and used. Also used were medium to heavy weight fabrics like serge and gabardine seen in tailored daywear. In the evening, chiffon and crepes were used. Chanel used denim as leisure fabric in this period. Solids or small figured prints were worn for daywear and in the evening people wore brighter, varied colors and larger, exotic prints. Poiret was well-known for his vibrant hues. Feathers, furs, and tassels donned for the new mystique look of fashion. The roaring 20's consisted of a body outline that was very straight and curveless with streamlines, close-fitting hats and hairstyles. Skirt hemlines were raised between the knee and mid-calf for day and eveningwear. Eveningwear consisted of a sleeveless barrel-shape with great amounts of beading and also unusual streamlined drapes, or emphasis of the lowered waistline by a wide band of shirring or smocking. The hemline dropped back to the ankles when the stock market crashed in 1929. Acetate was invented and the development of bias-cutting fabric by Madeleine Vionnet was introduced in this era. For the first time in centuries, the natural, though slim, silhouette became in style in the 1930's. Shoulders were emphasized by puffs or padding, especially towards World War II. Unusually cut and
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