The History of Fashion Trends

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The 1920s brought an exciting, liberated spirit into fashion. Women’s clothes moved away from corsetry toward more natural shapes, while dresses reached down to ankle-length.

Christian Dior introduced the “New Look,” featuring a tightened waist and full skirts for women and casual outfits for men.

1. Fashion as a form of expression

Fashion has long been used as a form of creative self-expression and personal identity in today’s society, in which being different can often lead to judgement. Fashion allows one to express oneself creatively while showing the world who you really are – which explains why its many subcultures and tribes exist within its world, each telling their own unique tale through clothing they wear.

Fashion is ever-evolving, as new trends emerge and dissipate. Some trends may only last briefly while others become part of our culture forever. Fashion can serve both as a way of defining who you are as well as an outlet for political activism.

Through history, fashion trends have often been linked to political and social shifts. For instance, during the roaring twenties women sought simplicity and practicality in their clothing as opposed to corsets or crinolines; thus leading to an increase in skirts which reached above ankle or mid-calf.

In this period, Orientalism flourished, as evidenced by performances by The Ballets Russes of Scheherazade and Paul Poiret’s creation of harem pantaloons by Paul Poiret. This style would continue to influence fashion well into the 1950s. Later, hippie culture brought bold floral patterns, crochet work, tie dyeing techniques, tie-dyeing techniques, turtlenecks, leather jackets and pants as part of their political message through hippie culture and tie dyeing methods into fashion during hippie culture’s influence of fashion era; then in its later decades hippie culture was brought in through hippie culture with bold floral prints influenced by Paul Poiret; later still was incorporated by Black Panther movement with turtlenecks, leather jackets and pants as political messages against oppression by using fashion as part of political messages like tie dyeing techniques on clothing pieces designed by Poiret himself to influence fashion until modern day fashion is used as part of political messages through turtlenecks leather jackets and pants wearable garments that also convey political messages about their political messages while Black Panther movement have taken advantage of fashion to send political messages using fashion as well.

Fashion can also serve to limit expression. For instance, some countries and cults do not permit their followers to wear certain garments such as miniskirts and make-up; or burn bras as an expression of freedom.

As fashion evolves, it has become more crucial than ever to consider its ethical and environmental impacts when making choices. Fashion designers are taking more political stances with their collections while people rediscovering ethical fashion’s importance in our society. While style may remain important in fashion’s future, style itself should only ever be part of the overall picture.

2. Fashion as a way to separate people

Fashion trends are a powerful way of categorizing people into groups. Clothing can serve as a symbol for religion, ethnicity and class differences as well as wealth or status differences – wealthy people may wear expensive garments to show their standing, while poorer people might shop thrift store clothing to save money. Fashion trends also help create an intimate sense of community within groups: wearing specific colors may indicate you belong to one community like black communities while certain jewelry types might indicate activist or feminist status.

Fashion has long been used as a way of distinguishing individuals. However, with the Industrial Revolution came new machines which made mass producing clothing simpler and cheaper; thus leading to fashion becoming less of an expression of individual identity than an expression of style. Trends took hold when celebrities or influential individuals adopted them, becoming aspirational to society at large (think Princess Diana’s “revenge dress” and Audrey Hepburn’s black dress in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”).

Once World War II had ended, many traditional distinctions between high and low culture became less stark. Bouffant coiffures gave way to short bobs; dresses with long trains were replaced with above-the-knee pinafores; corsets were eventually abandoned altogether. Androgynous styles emerged, popularized by Yves Saint Laurent through his gender neutral tuxedo; designers like Mary Quant and Paco Rabanne also took note by creating trousers tailored specifically for women as well as high waisted, high waisted sleeveless dresses featuring long train.

Hippie culture had a tremendous influence on fashion during the ’70s, manifesting in bold floral patterns, crochet, tie-dye clothing and platform shoes – as well as big collars adorned with love beads, mood rings and puka shells. Military/Safari looks were also fashionable during this era; popular items included khakis with camouflage coats as well as leather jackets and biker shorts.

Fashion trends still follow a 20-year cycle, but thanks to new technologies and social media they now come back into fashion at seemingly random times; styles from every decade can reappear within months and remain trendy for shorter amounts of time than before.

3. Fashion as a way to make money

Fashion trends have long been used as a way to generate money. Fashion designers first made famous during the early 18th century when sought-after by women of French aristocracy; Rose Bertin, Francoise Leclerc and Mademoiselle Alexandre became household names during this time; later their customer base expanded beyond France into Europe and even foreign royalty, creating wealthy women indeed.

After World War I ended, women began seeking simpler clothing. Tired of Victorian-era corsets and other embellishments such as ruffles and corsets, a new fashion trend known as la garconne emerged (popularized by Coco Chanel – please read about her in our Coco Chanel history article). This look featured dropped waistlines with hemlines reaching just above the knee; its simple construction set it apart from previous fashion styles with intricate embroidery or beadwork.

The 1960s was another decade where fashion trends were heavily influenced by pop culture, making it hard to tell what was on Parisian runways when a particular look was so pervasive among teenagers in England or America. Trends quickly moved from streets to runways; even clothing worn by characters on television shows such as The OC or One Tree Hill became widely-sought fashion items.

Fashion in the 1970s was heavily influenced by rebellion against authority and an urge for personal liberties, evidenced by punk style of leather jackets with studs, messy hair and bell-bottom jeans featuring tie-dye. Additionally, there was military/safari wear characterised by khaki trousers, green rucksacks, platform boots and shoes; other trends included bell-bottom jeans with tie dyeing or military/safari looks with green rucksacks as well as platform boots and shoes being trends.

By the ’80s, fashion was crossing international boundaries more rapidly than ever. This period witnessed changes to many aspects of society such as gender roles in society and the workplace and sexual revolution – evidenced in young women wearing clothing such as Mary Quant’s miniskirts or Paco Rabanne’s 12 unwearable dresses by Paco Rabanne.

4. Fashion as a way to be different

Fashion can be used as a vehicle to express oneself and communicate with the world. Many designers have utilized fashion as a form of communication with society at large. Some early examples were Mary Quant and Andre Courreges’ designs that challenged traditional feminine fashion at that time while also pushing back against prevailing sexism in society.

Once World War II had ended, American society returned to more traditional and conservative lifestyles. Women would wear dresses or skirts with certain silhouettes, wear specific colors of lipstick, and have their hair cut at certain lengths; men wore suits and shirts in styles such as those designed by James Galanos or Rudi Gernreich while Coco Chanel who had detested the New Look made a comeback to prominence.

By the mid-20th century, a new movement in fashion began to take hold. Designers such as Paul Poiret, Lucile (Lady Duff Gordon), Georges Doeuillet and Jacques Doucet all revolutionized women’s style by providing more comfortable styles like natural silhouette corsets over S-shape corsets; dresses that covered entire bodies yet highlighted shoulders were introduced too.

Fashion trends began crossing international boundaries more frequently during the late 20th century, as evidenced by Western-influenced styles becoming popular throughout Asia, Africa and other regions of the world. Additionally, synthetic materials like Lycra and Viscose became widely utilized.

Fashion trends can be affected by social and historical events as well as environmental conditions; for instance, certain fabrics become fashionable during certain seasons – for instance chiffon in summer and cashmere in winter are two such examples.

Fashion is a way of life that expresses attitudes and values of culture as well as society’s perceptions of beauty and femininity. Therefore, staying informed about current fashion trends is a good idea as you will learn how to incorporate them with your personal style.