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Evolution Of The Dress
Author Name: ruthrobinson
Date added: January 15, 2011 03:05:11 PM
Category: Arts & Humanities: Shopping and Services

From Greek togas to the Chinese qipao, women's dresses owe a lot of their design to multiple cultures. Women's dresses tended to reflect the values of the day and the roles women were expected to play. If the woman was expected to work hard and get her hands dirty, her dress would be made for it. However, if she were an upper class woman with servants, her clothing would be a lot less practical. Women's dresses today have stylistic elements from a great many different cultures and time periods, but they all really stem back from the turn of the 20th century in France. A female designer was basically repulsed by the fashion of the day, especially among the fine upper class women. Her dislike for the couture fashion, which hid women under layers upon layers of fabric, embellishments and feathers, drove her to start designing her own clothing. Clean lines, sensible fabrics and fewer layers made some call her fashion sense "masculine", but in reality her clothing made the female body under the clothing visible, which gave her fashion a lot of sex appeal. It wasn't long before her dresses really caught on, and women began embracing the liberation of modern dress design. That designer was Coco Chanel, and her fingerprints are still all over the modern dress industry. Today there are a variety of women's dress designs to choose from, depending on a woman's style and occasion. Sheath dresses are a classic design. They are essentially one piece and are fitted, typically hitting above the knee or mid thigh. Cocktail dresses are stylistically similar but tend to have a higher hem. Usually sleeveless. Gowns are typically very long, and are usually best for evening wear. There are a variety of styles of gown, but most are sleeveless. Jumpers or pinafores are apron shaped casual dresses. Not too fitted and usually worn over a blouse, pinafores are best for casual wear. The empire dress usually has a low neckline, a high waist, short sleeves and a straight flowing skirt. A timeless classic. A-line dresses are fitted at the bodice and then flow downward, creating an A shape. They can be both casual or formal depending on the fabric and design, and are a classic staple of the industry. Qipao or cheongsam are tight fitted dresses of Asian origin. Usually made of beautifully embellished brocade, they are exotic and great for many special occasions. Typically floor length with side vents for walking, or cocktail length. The little black dress is any style of dress that is black and simple. It is meant to be long lasting and versatile, dressed up or down as the occasion calls for it. First seen in the 1920s, it is still considered a wardrobe staple to this day. DressRail.com Womens Clothing, Womens Dresses


Clothing is constantly evolving along with human culture. Throughout history, you can see the seeds of today's fashion, and it is not uncommon for designers to look back in time to find pleasing elements to add to modern

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