Industrial Revolution Fashion

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Industrial People, Industrial Fashion

Karsen McKinney
History 112: Origins of the Modern World
April 17, 2013

Debates are still raised about whether or not the positive outcomes of the Industrial Revolution were worth the struggles faced during the time period. Fashion reflects its time period; therefore, by looking at the fashion of a time one can understand the motives, lifestyles, and productivity of the time period. By analyzing the fashion industry as a whole from 1780-1860—trends, trades, and machinery—the importance of the Industrial Revolution can be seen. Not only did the Industrial Revolution bring a renaissance for fashion, but fashion also impacted the people, events, and inventions of the time period. This revolution broke
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At the time, the upper class women were the drive behind the inspiration of new designs. Many new garments were made for their events and becoming increasingly elaborate which further encouraged progress in manufacturing. Even the working class began to desire more luxuries. As the manufacturing techniques improved, and people became fashion forward, the design for fit of clothing continued to change. As consumers saw that creating new designs was no longer as limited, their taste grew causing an increase in demand, and production speed up allowing fashion cycles—trends—to change quicker. As industries continued to expand as did job availability. More people were employed and living securely. Culture has always greatly impacted clothing, and this time period is no exception of that. Early eighteenth century fashion developed mostly from the desire of the aristocrats, or the upper class. The industrial revolution evoked class-consciousness, and the upper class wanted to be distinctly and visibly set apart from the rest. The most visible way to communicate their status was through their wardrobe. As men and women began to show status through appearance “ identities could [now] be negotiated through changes in clothing, [and] fashion became synonymous with social dynamism.” However, in the later years of the industrial revolution, all classes of people were able to spend more and save less. The fashion industry began to not only focus its production around elaborate
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