In this essay I want to examine how the corset evolved from a staple of the British feminine wardrobe of the Nineteenth Century into a symbol of an outmoded tradition – only to later return as a statement of female liberation. I am going to look at different aspects of this development including technological advances, economic facts, external events, particularly the First World War and changes in social, political and aesthetic attitudes. I will also look briefly at the role of Chanel on the silhouette and how this impacted on the corset: focusing on the trend to towards ‘opulent androgyny’ in the 1920’s. Finally I will examine the resurgence of the corset
One reason for this process was the purpose of marital reasons. This was the most common reason for one to do foot binding; what men most desired in a bride was a foot size of three inches, also known as the “golden lotus”. It was mildly acceptable for some women to have four-inch-feet, which was known as the “silver lotus”, although for a woman to have five-inch-feet or longer, called the “bronze lotus”, it was simply dismissed and it would be very hard for one to find a husband. The size of their foot was to be very small indeed; for families that had daughters to marry off, the size of their feet was its own form of “currency”. Why they upheld this tradition for so long, was for men to be able to control women during their marriage. They were said to be less independent when their feet were bound. Not only did this process allow men to dominate women, it also made them victims of a society that showed brutality towards women. Some researchers say that foot binding deepened the control of women by making them more dependent on males, because it would minimize their movements and enforce better obedience, since women with bound feet were physically unable to travel far from their homes. This enabled women to have very little authority over their life. Another act of accommodation was the role of family honor installed with the procession. This was the second most common reason for one to do foot binding; by binding their daughter’s feet, families maintained a good reputation and social status. Although foot binding is now looked upon as an act of cruelty, at that time, it was seen as a sign of wealth. It symbolized this for a girl’s family because it showed that they were wealthy by not allowing their daughter to work. For this reason, families would also take pride in the fact of their daughter’s small feet. Foot binding started out as a fashionable statement from the expression
Women's fashion had undergone many characteristic modifications prior to 1750 and more so into the eighteenth century. Fashion trends were being set in the Old World, from France to England, and Colonial women were all too painfully aware of the need to adapt towards a sophisticated and up-to-date appearance.
Have you ever wondered what people in the Elizabethan Era wore? Fashion was just as important in those days as it is to some people today. What people were wearing mattered to others, and even the government. During the Elizabethan Era clothing, accessories, and cosmetics were all a part of daily life.
Socks leveled the knee with an affixed tassel. Robbed in custom made cloaks and capes that drape the body, men’s fashion marked a powerful statement. Designed differently quickly identified position, kings, lords, nobles, knights and peasants. Nonetheless, clothing was warm and comfortable and always suited for battle. It appears the fashion design switched because currently lady’s garments resemble the men of the medieval era. Yet during that period, lady’s gothic robes swept the floor surrounded with a matching scarf and cape. The chosen cloth, whether for men or women, usually radiant in color, portrayed the crafty work prepared by selected seamstress (Bednarz, Miyares, Schug, & White, 2006). My love, words are too vague to put into picture the beauty of these incredible clothing.
In the nineteenth century, a variety of legal, extra-legal, and illegal control and violence were used against women and men of the nineteenth century. Cross-dressing laws, night rides, lynching, and rape are some of the forms of control and violence enforced. Cross-dressing laws were enacted to control people who the public thought of as going against the social and gender norms of the nineteenth century. In contradiction to this, cross-dressing laws were only enforced in public spaces and areas (Sears 62). If a person was to cross-dress in the privacy of their own home, then no action was to be taken against them due to the private setting. Cross-dressing laws were also used to prohibit feminist dress reformers and impersonators of the opposite gender (62). Feminist dress reformers referring to women who dressed in male clothing styles, such as trousers and top hats instead of skirts and bonnets. The cross-dressing laws that were enacted, particularly in San Francisco between the years 1860s to 1890s, made women and men hide their differences and preferences behind closed doors. The only way that cross-dressing males and females could be allowed in the public was through entertainment venues. Entertainment venues such as theatres, museums, tours of the slums, and even freak show exhibits (97). Through these venues, the public created an attachment of strangeness and weirdness around non-entertainment cross-dressers. Another form of control over the people of the nineteenth
The poor man wore very different clothes than the rich. They wore a very simple blouse made of very cheap fabric again, they tucked them in their pants. For pants they wore a often brown loose fitting pant and even the poor man wore this kind of leggings underneath it.
Fashion is a big part of many people's lives, but it is constantly changing and growing. In the Elizabethan time fashion was very different than it is today. For example trends and materials used have changed. The colors people wore told a lot about who they were, unlike today. Some parts of fashion have stayed pretty constant throughout the years. For example today and then there are known designers around the world. Also fashion still impacts lives greatly. So when looking at fashion throughout the years it is evident that materials, trends, color usage, designers, and the impact on society has greatly changed and is still changing.
Whether it had been going to church, urban high schools or for a special occasion teenage boys also wore suits. Their suits were miniature versions of their fathers with minor changes.
Ever wonder where the strange fashion choices of society’s favorite Disney movies originated? It might be a bit of an understatement to say that the apparel of men during the Elizabethan Era was odd, but each piece of their outfit had a crucial role to play in their daily life. Clothing worn during the Elizabethan Era was greatly dictated by the Sumptuary Laws, the wealth of the individual, and fashion trend of neighboring countries.
Today we often conceal the genitals but, this was also the case during the fourteenth century. From the late 1200’s and the early 1600’s men wore a simple piece of fabric that would tie down to the individuals. The purpose of the padded garment would emphasize the area of the scrotum region of a male. It may sound ridiculous but, English men of status took pride in the freedom of showing off their crotch. This paper will deal with the history, style and overall reasoning why men wore these garments. The codpiece is a garment of clothing that still has historical significance today.
Eisenberg provides a great example of a communication issue between two types of organizations and their potential buyers. Both organizations have unethical practices to some degree, but the questions asked of the reader are more directed at communication techniques used by each of these companies, and how aspects like globalization effect the legality of the issue. On one hand, there is the large organization who uses deceptive marketing tactics, and the other is a street vendor that sells fraudulent “knockoff” versions of name brands.
One important date in the history of the corset was the year 1840. This was the year in which the system called ‘lazy lacing’ was invented, in which a set of elastic laces allowed women to easily put on, and remove their corsets. Women had now predominantly taken over from the specialized work of crafting corsets, and were made ahead of time, creating the beginning of ‘ready to wear’ During this era, corsets became more specialized, corsets ranged from ‘nuptial corsets, corsets made of white satin for the ball, lightly boned morning corsets, stayless corsets for night wear, nursing corsets with drawbridge gussets, travelling corsets with tabs that could be let out at night for sleeping, riding corsets with elastic at the hips; corsets for singing, for dancing, for bathing at the seaside’ and the list of possible variations went on. As
During the 1920’s the clothing began to become more modernized and moved away from the fashion of the later decades. The 1920’s had various clothing styles that would depend on many aspects. Depending on the time of day, who was there, the type of outing, and the type of party there would be many different looks that could be presented. Men and Women could change into multiple outfits a day to fit the occasion. The clothing worn also depended on the persons age, occupation, and social class. There were many guidelines for clothing in the 1920’s.