Is Fashion A Tool For Self-Realization?


the standard clothing of women and girls was for centuries a dress and a skirt with blouse and within these types of clothing designs for special occasions and holiday events were created.

put the social restrictions on women lost their grip around 1910 in the Western world; women more independent and took career. Mass production of clothing had developed rapidly and fashion for women accessible, affordable and more variety was available. Prior to this, the fashion was reserved for the rich and the rich.

are granted more rights and co-management in society and public life, women became aware of the need to reflect its role recently adapted clothing carrying. Equipped with a growing self-esteem and desire to dress in styles to their different personalities, were needed new fashion styles.

up to 1920, women’s skirts reached to the ankle and in the era of the “roaring twenties” a sudden change took place. First mile stone was reached, when women discovered the beauty of her legs and was worth show. The result was that the hem of dresses and skirts began to fluctuate between the ankles and knees.

physical constraints such as shaping were removed and replaced by Bras that flattened the bust. Focus on the waist disappeared completely, instead the hips were decorated with bands of session loose, creating a curveless style. The “boyish Look” become a female revolution, not only in the history of the women’s fashion but the general role of women in society.

the first style of short hair in the history of women, called “the bob”, was introduced and adopted with enthusiasm by the female gender. For many it was a symbol of liberation from the traditional hair longer, for others is simply the fact that keeping short hair is more convenient.

sets separate sweater and pleated skirt grew more popular by the day and costumes, dresses, girls and women working. Participate in companies and part of the staff in the offices, costumes were as a statement of change that women were looking for a way to find their place in a world which was ruled by men. Fashion straight cut style lasted a decade, and the release of traditional clothes proceeded with high speed in 1930.

in 1930 women replace fashion straight cut with one style more in keeping with her femininity. The elegant, slim lines and a natural waist enjoyed a growing popularity. Female forms were accepted again and he also emphasized. The length of skirts and dresses stayed for almost a decade in the middle of the calf, which today we call “Midi”. At the end of the 30s the hem had finished 6 inches below the knee where it remained until the 1940s. Lightly padded shoulders gave a hint what would be the fashion in the 1940s.

in “1940s” attention to fashion had not so much space as many women wanted. The women had to replace the labour force of men in factories and service industries, because the men went to fight in World War 2. Women had to be mother and father to her children and maintain the functioning of the nation. They took on roles that were hitherto reserved for men only. Fashion was held then simple; the clothes had to last a time. However it could look attractively and the most striking difference with latest styles was square padded shoulders, which are a kind of symbol for these years: a woman had to his land and needed wider shoulders to carry the load. Skirts and dresses ended just above the knee and were adapted for a small waist. Most popular at this time was composed of skirt and jacket suit.

pants, reserved until then for the male gender, also became a garment for women. Presented in a film by a female actress wearing a suit with pants and tie and impressive attraction, created the “Marlene Dietrich look”. The trousers reached to the waist and closes with a zipper on the side. Using a fly of trousers women not even cross the mind of designers; It was simply out of the question. However the success of pants was true; he conquered the hearts of the women in the Western world by storm and since then great fashion.

in 1947, the “New Look” caught the attention of women, change the “look of fashion of utility” of wartime. With the return of the men, femininity in fashion was also. The women wanted to see beautiful and desirable; Therefore the female instinct of the “New Look” created by Christian Dior was greeted with enthusiasm. Rounded shoulders, bust accentuated lines and a clearly defined waist mark dresses, coats and suits. Half-circle, with ruffle dresses and skirts, were extremely popular. Collections offer designs more versatile, braids skirts above the knee dresses that ended just below the calf.

created in the streets of America was the fashion of girls. Bobby socks, skirts sweaters and knee length sports was the end of the 40ies their favorite fashions. This was quickly picked up by the fashion industry after having discovered a new target group.

adolescent had the feeling that were very different from their parents. Rock and Roll, film, television, and magazines in the 50ies confirm this feeling that all of these trends were in the majority of cases not understood by parents or adopted. The cheerful fashion industry met the need for these young people to be different. Jeans, t-shirts, leather and denim jackets were introduced and got teen fashion. More rights to make own decisions was given to young people, more variety and fashion styles are in malls and boutiques.

during the 50ies presented the fashion has changed dramatically. Collections did not last a decade, but they changed to two collections a year. A wide variety of clothing was available from the full circle, ruffled skirts, supported by petticoats starched for popular dirndl dress. The 50ies brought to running and new patterns to choose women. Cotton skirts with a tropical landscape with Palm trees, beach and a sunset printed all or cute, slim fit, polka dot ¾ which highlight a beautiful figure. Creativity broke out in Paris, after a time of hunger and fear of not surviving the next day. Life is lived to the fullest in Western Europe and America.

fashion accelerated in the 60’s. A rebirth of the “Marlene Dietrich” the introduction of the miniskirt celebrates its success so far. Followed by the Look Hippie, Gypsy meaning: girls wore shirts Indian transparent Batista bras and long skirts or velvet bell bottom pants with embroidered tops, leaving his bare belly. Jeans had reached the status of evergreens and dresses of teenagers to Daddies. Cultured women could wear what they wanted, whether it’s a mini skirt or ankle, figure-hugging narrow skirts or a suit with a rainbow color blouse, pretty much everything was fashionable.

a loop to a more conservative style was tried in the mid-70s. To convince women to choose a skirt mid-calf as the length of only available fashion on a mini skirt failed miserably. Women require both and the fashion industry offers since then.

end 70 children were finally heard and since then the designers also create fashion for children. Children are allowed to choose among a great diversity of styles and tendencies and have voice in how they dress up and have a clear idea of how they want to see.

fashion is to collect the social trends and reflects the roles of groups within a society. It is an extension of people’s personalities and self-realization Express tool. It seems that also reflected as soon as these groups are allowed to express themselves freely in a creative way, without obstacles.


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