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Dresses - Evolution of Femininity in Classic Style

Sunday, 20 February 2011

dresses classic styleAbout a hundred years ago the fashion for women experienced the revolutionary trend- trousers which almost replaced dresses. Till then the image of a woman was kept stale since only dresses fit tightly. Today dresses are not used that much preferring practical approach to romantic style. However, apparel of today is nothing without the previous experience, both benefits and failure. Classic dresses related to particular historical events and epochs regularly come into our life in full extent or in some details, which is more logical, that accentuate femininity and traditions as they were in the past.

The dress for women was not created from the first day of life. in Ancient Greece men and women dressed similarly when they draped their bodies and fastened in the point with some clasps. The dress for ladies as a separate garment was known from the Gothic epoch.

The Gothic style in women’s dresses was described in streaming down lines of the hem, long trail and sharpness of neckline. The tendency to go upward was typical for the works of Gothic culture and the dresses which looked rather refined.

The flow feature of the silhouette disappeared to XV century. The Epoch of Renaissance came putting ladies into rigid dreses again. The skirts were fixed with the help of special metal case, while shoulders and neckline area were open.

The style of baroque urged the court ladies to pompousness which was expressed in multilayered clothing made from expensive fabric, trimmed with luxurious bows, tassels and golden threads. The woman used to get tightened up in the girdle with low neckline while the sleeve was of ¾ long.

In XIX century the concept of dress changed and in the beginning of epoch the loud grandeur gradually fizzled out when the Empire style was introduced. The style was the symbol of the elegant simplicity presenting covered shoulders and high waistline. The romanticism conquered Europe in 30s and no trail of the Empire style simplicity and unpretentious approach was left. Ladies went to chain in rigid and tight girdle, fluffiness of sleeve shifted from tiny lantern-shaped forms to enormous sizes embracing the forearm. Skirts got shorter, though the luxury trimming and embroidery were still demanded.

The Modern style reigning in the end of the century eliminated the « bourgeois skims» from the ladies’ apparel offering to forget laces and silk. The bustle was still used to support and raise the hem of skirt, it became simpler and looser. All the attention was granted to the upper torso with the tight bodice, lantern-shaped sleeves and the girdle. However, the dress of that period did not look like the puffy and sweet cake but in accentuated elegance of the silhouette visually making it ideal, instead.

In XX century the fashion underwent sea changes. The dress lost almost all elements that seemed so required, including the long skirt, sleeves and turning into the «case» shape. The fashion twisted towards the old days of glory. The architectural minimalism of 50s and 60s was replaced by the hippie’s culture with elements of ethnic style. 80s and 90s opened a new page in history with everything known.

Festive apparel of 80s immodestly shouted of their belonging to the classic with puffy lantern-shaped sleeves, V-shaped neckline and square low neck.

The beginning of new millennium is the special epoch for women. There are thousands of types of dresses, though classic style was used in many models, though in details.

High shoulders traditional in 80s are nothing but the reflection of puffy sleeves popular till the early XX century. Strapless bustier is the modern interpretation of the ensemble with the lacing on the waistline or the back. Stunning long skirts live without supporting metal carcasses though created with rigid structures which make the dress look like that loved by fashion ladies of the previous centuries.

Wedding fashion changed slightly keeping almost all traditions. The girdle, puffy lantern-shaped sleeves and laces are employed by all designers for wedding event. Brides like arranging their weddings in the special atmosphere made in Greek or Middle Age theme.

Therefore, the evolution is the same in nature, everything develops and some details outdate giving the floor to new ones. Though, nothing new is created, just revived and interpreted.

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