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Fashion Through the Ages

  • The Start of Fashion

    The first fashion magazine was published in Germany in the year 1586.
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    Children's Fashion

    Children dressed identically to adults until the mid-1800s, when the concept of children’s clothing took off.
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    The Industrial Revolution

    The Industrial Revolution during the 1700’s through the 1800’s caused excessively fast changes in the development of fashion. The invention of mechanical looms, chemical dyes, artificial fabrics, and the beginnings of mass production made fashions affordable to an increasing amount of people. In addition, new ways of mass communication spread American fashions throughout the world. The Industrial Revolution effected people around the world to dress more and more alike in the way todays fashions
  • Spinning Jenny

    James Hargreaves invented the spinning jenny, which mechanized the production of yarn.
  • Brooks Brothers

    Brooks Brothers was founded in 1818 making it the oldest clothing retailer in the United States.
  • Sewing Machine

    Elias Howe developed the first viable sewing machine in the United States by 1845. The secret to the successful machine was two thread sources - from above and below the fabric. Isaac Singer was the first to successfully market and sell sewing machines.
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    Department Stores

    The era of the department store begins with the opening of Le Bon Marché in Paris. American versions soon follow in the 1860s, emerging out of the dry goods stores that sold fabric throughout the antebellum era. A. T. Stewart in New York and Jordan Marsh and Company in Boston are among the first department stores to open in the United States.
  • Dyes Surfaced

    18-year old William Perkin discovered the first synthetic dye: mauveine. Purple had previously been a very difficult and expensive color to achieve. Suddenly bright colors became highly fashionable.
  • Bazar (Bazaar)

    The weekly fashion periodical Harper's Bazar (it will add the second "a," as in "Bazaar," in November 1929) prints its first issue, in which it assures readers that it will provide them with "the genuine Paris fashions simultaneously with Parisians themselves."
  • Paper Patterns

    Full-size paper patterns for sewing clothing are made available for the first time
  • 1st MailOrder Catalogue

    Aaron Montgomery Ward issued the first mail order catalogue in the United States in 1872. The distribution of these catalogues granted rural residents access to a range of dry goods unavailable locally.
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    Mail Order Begain

    Mail Order pops up in big textile and fashion industrys during the 1880's.
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    The Starting Decade of the 20th Century

    This first decade of the 1900's began with a bang; styles shifted dramatically running away from the 1800's gigantic skirts and the bustle that I’m sure made it nearly impossible to sit comfortably and started featuring dresses more slimly fit. Don’t be fooled by the ancient lingo of the 19th century though the fashion designs were different but just as bold as our runways today, with puffy sleeves, long trains and high necks; the 1900’s took the expression “beauty is pain” a little too literal
  • Bra's Began

    Brassiere manufacturers begin distributing their goods through department stores, catalogs, shops, and retail chains.
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    The Great Hem Rise

    The First World War provoked a very new fashion: skirts that rose to well above the ankle. Boning as well was cut back, women were needed in more physical labor than before and practicality final began to set in.
  • Natural Rayon is Invented

    Viscose rayon, made from cotton waste or wood pulp, is invented.
  • Coco Chanel

    Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel opens a boutique in Deauville, France; revolutionizes women's fashion with tailored suits, chain-belted jerseys, quilted handbags; she remains the most copied fashion designer in history.
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    The Fashion Uproar Of The Roaring 1920's

    The 1920's broke open the shell of the fashion world as the "Art Deco" began. The flappers used the beauty industry as an outlet to express themselves and mark there social stance in society as they shocked the world and the style of the Art Deco took over with straight, simple lines and bold colors in everything within clothing, interiors and agriculture. By the 1920’s, standards of feminine modesty had changed to the point that women began to wear both pants and shorter skirts.
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    The Great Depression

    The hard work to get high hems and low necks was quickly diminished and replaced with the old standards as the Great Depression began. Through out this decade woman started to look up to movie stars in the film for fashion influence.
  • Glamour Gets Started

    Glamour magazine prints its first issue, in which it defines glamour as "a quality each of us sees in some other human—and wishes she possessed."
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    Blue Jean Awakening

    People began wearing blue jeans during the mid-1800’s as ordinary work clothes. For decades, they were worn only by outdoor laborers, such as farmers and cowboys. In the 1940’s and 1950’s, American teen-agers adopted blue jeans as a comfortable, casual youth fashion. Young people during the 1960’s wore blue jeans as a symbol of rebellious political and social beliefs. By the 1970’s, people no longer considered jeans rebellious and expensive designer jeans had become fashionable.
  • Woman learn to Walk

    Stiletto heels were brought into the world of fashion.
  • Fashion hits the Screens

    Project Runway, Emmy-nominated show premiers on Bravo. Fashion model Heidi Klum hosts the new fashion-competition reality series.
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    Lingerie Racks in the Cash

    The lingerie business is now a $13 billion a year global industry.
  • Vouge becomes theFashion Bible

    American Vogue's circulation reaches a reported 1.28 million.