The History of Fashion

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If you think that the fashion world has only emerged this 19th and 20th centuries, then you are very much mistaken. That is because people have been conveying themselves through the clothes they wear for many centuries starting from the 13th century. As a matter of fact, in the 1350s western fashion were basically worn for sensible reasons like for example the tunic-style overgarment can be changed into a tailored top and the hood can be changed into a stylish hat. Thus, the clothes became both fashionable and functional. In the 14th to 16th centuries, both men and women’s attire evolved so much that even without dates for instance, art historians are able to tell from which century paintings were drawn simply through the clothes the subjects wore.

The industrial revolution and invention of machines forever changed fashion. During the 18th century, people sew their clothes by hand. In the 19th century, fashion trends began to change because of the use of machines in making clothes. Great Britain was the one responsible in inventing machines like power loom, spinning frame, and sewing machine. From then on because of these machines, clothes were made at a faster pace, are more well-made, and fit better.

The birth of modern fashion journalism occurred in the late 19th century with the publication of the first issue of fashion magazines Harper’s Bazaar in November 2, 1867 and Vogue in 1892. These magazines revolutionized the fashion industry by promoting French couture in America, creating a standard of fashion that shows the wearer’s status in society, and reinforced the popularity of a worldwide fashion industry. Modern fashion saw the emergence of famous and iconic fashion designers like Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint Laurent, Diane von Furstenberg, Levi Strauss, and Coco Chanel just to name a few.

Now, there are 4.2 million people working in the fashion industry and 19.3 thousand of those people work as fashion designers. People around the world spend an annual amount of $1,200,000,000,000 on fashion and the top five fashion brands in the world are LVMH Moet Hennessy, H&M, Kering, Gap, and Christian Dior.

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