World of Dress
Origin of woman’s dress
A dress, as an independent type of clothes, is originated from cloaks and coats. During XI century, its style and form weren’t changing much, it just was worn differently. Tunics were widespread at that time, therefore both men and women were wearing them. Tunics differentiated only by its fabric and length. Many recommendations how to choose the dress you can look on our we site!
In middle ages, dresses became richer, thank's to eastern fabrics which were brought by crusaders. Woman’s body was fully hidden under the apparel.
By the middle of XV century, woman’s dress gained maximum high waistline, long, narrow sleeves and a train from behind.
In XVI century, silhouette became more severe under the influence of Spain. The dress was the background for jewelry.
By 1625, France influenced on a transfiguration of the silhouette of woman’s dress. It acquired soft bolds and drapery. High waistline and loose skirts were typical.
The first stage of the Rococo (1760-1789). Variability of forms of dresses with the entire freedom of elegant design.
The end of the Revolution (1789-1794). Maximum lifted under the breast waistline and simplicity of cut were in style until the end of Empire.
Romanticism brought back light corsets and removed long cloaks and high waist. From about 1840 till 1870. Dresses with hoop-skirts are back in fashion.
The Victorian epoch was remembered by the movement for the emancipation of women. But here too was made an accent on décor, accessorize and jewelry.
The 20th century brought major modifications into women’s dresses. In 1920 business-style dresses had appeared. Silhouette of dresses became narrower, waistline was lowered to the hips, the hem was lifted to the knee and bosom became flatter.
The thirties brought back plump bosom and lengthened to the middle of ankles gowns. Dresses “vamp” (from airy silk, skin-tight dress) and “charlestone” (straight bodice, lowered waistline with two skirts, one shorter another) became fashionable.
During the Second World War, the silhouette of the dress got thinner because of economizing on fabric. Millions of women put on regimentals.
Dresses of the fifties weren’t so much official as in 1939 and women began to gravitate towards more elegant style.
The sixties brought lightness to the fashion. National and ethnic styles were originated. Underskirts and severe gowns started getting more popular.
The early seventies didn’t bring important changes to the fashion: the main silhouette was midi. Denim is getting famous and “country” becoming the main trend in vogue.
Epatage “punk”-style had a great effect in the eighties. In the late eighties and early nineties, style of pop-art became very popular in dress-making.