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Fashion of XIX century – from Victorian Epoch to Modern Style

Thursday, 23 December 2010

fashion XIX centuryThe XX century proves to be the cradle where various styles originated from. And in the end of the century before last all those tendencies originated which are used by many fashion designers till now. The fashion of the XX century did not manage without revolutionary inventions and first couturiers were revealed due to those brave and courageous actions.

The French Revolution had a great influence on the state of the European fashion of the early XX century when the aristocratic splendor, satin and laces, massive wigs of XVIII century were replaced by the simple and less formal styles and even the most inveterate French fashionmongers did not dare to look as noble people from high society. In the meantime the fashion revolution went on in the neighboring Great Britain when trousers and elegant dandy suits were found to be exceedingly popular and women protested and refused from wearing girdles in favor of the high waistline ensembles and natural look of clothes.

The Victorian epoch opened in the 30s of XIX century brought exclusively new and fresh trends. One of specific trends among the others is the birth of extremely puffy sleeves of dresses, the fluffiest detail of the garment throughout the history of women dresses. The fluffy skirts came to be fashionable again which seemed to lose demand previously. The symbol of the womanly style of the Victorian epoch was such a hyperbolized silhouette of hour-glass when the fashionable woman had to have a fluffy conical skirt, too thin waist achieved with the help of girdles and puffy sleeves. As a rule, evening ensembles provided for the seducing naked shoulders while the dresses for everyday wear closed them. That was the time for laced pelerine to cover open shoulders.

The classic silhouette of hour-glass with the retreating shoulders, a bosom, a thin waist and plum thighs were wholly highlighted by fashion designers in every possible way mainly by tailoring and trimming. In the 30s of XIX century women achieved incredibly thin waistline with the wide belts and specially designed girdles sewn in gussets. Yet, the skirts were exclusively bulging to contrast and the tailors made skirts of a record width from the crinoline. The shoulders were accentuated by pelerines or a wide collar and skirts and dresses shortened to the ankle line became longer to the floor.

Throughout the entire XIX century the fashion underwent sea changes every decade, as it is now. Fluffy skirts that turned fashionable in the early Victorian epoch lost popularity and in the 70s of XIX century the European fashion turned favorable for the narrow silhouette again.

The 70s were marked with the developing influence of Pre-Raphaelites and other reformers who struggled with the conventions of the Victorian epoch in all spheres of art. Fashion was not the exclusion and women refused from wearing tightly-closed girdles and fluffy crinoline skirts in favor of light and loose-styled dresses and attires. Specially designed dresses for vocations came as gaudy and frivolous dresses. Tremendously different apparel was demanding in the elite society neglecting dresses with heavy drapery and rigid narrow girdles, the ladies from bohemian society preferred wearing plain loose dresses carelessly tied with a waist band.

To the end of the XIX century women found the courage to refuse from extravagant apparel of the previous years including fluffy skirts with crinoline though girdles were still popular. Moreover, they became more rigid and tightly-closed. The classic silhouette of the end of the century as the narrow bodice and a skirt draped at the waistline and gently fitting thighs gradually widening to the bottom as the bell. Puffy sleeves outdated completely so much loved by the fashionmongers of the Victorian epoch replaced by the extremely tight sleeves, sometimes trimmed with ruches at the shoulder line but tapering to the wrist, as a rule.

The end of XX century was really revolutionary whereas women showed interest to sports activity along with men, and first couturiers rushed to please ladies offering special dresses to play tennis or cycling.

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