Fashion has always been an integral component of human expression throughout history. Whether it was used to show wealth or simply display elegance, fashion has been around since the 10th century and continues to change with every generation. Some of fashion history’s most notable designers and trendsetters have left an indelible mark on this industry; here is a selection of top ten history of fashion books that will take you back in time!
In the 1920s, women’s fashion evolved from Flapper-era calf-revealing dresses to Hollywood glamour and lower hemlines. At this time women began entering the workplace and taking leadership roles which inspired designers such as Coco Chanel to produce more feminine clothing that encouraged female beauty and femininity – trends such as shorter skirts with shoulder pads helped women feel powerful in their professional attire.
World War II had a devastating effect on how people dressed, as many supplies and fabrics were restricted due to rationing. As a result, people began opting for simpler outfits with less-expensive fabrics; but by 1947 Christian Dior’s revolutionary “New Look” created by him brought excitement back into fashion design.
Other trends of this era included looser waistlines and the introduction of sportswear into women’s clothes by designers like Mary Quant, Andre Courreges and Paco Rabanne who created pieces with playful yet sophisticated styles that maintained an air of fun and playfulness.
In the 1970s, fashion was heavily influenced by music as well as shifting social norms. Women increasingly entered the workforce, prompting many of them to dress more professionally with suits being increasingly worn. Designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Emanuel Ungaro began adopting more romantic forms of dressing such as flowing dresses paired with eye-catching accessories – while others like Norma Kamali launched activewear lines for women.
Corsets and Codpieces is an invaluable book that can help readers gain an appreciation of cultural changes during this era, while simultaneously serving as an inspirational source for fashion designers today and serving as a reminder of our progress as a society. Be prepared for some shocking fashion history! From corsets and codpieces to flared jeans and lace-up boots – Corsets and Codpieces provides insights into some of fashion history’s strangest fashion trends that you won’t see any place today compared to what was worn before! It should definitely become part of your fashion library!