Origins of Fashion

I have decided to launch a new category in my blog (sorry for you blokes out there!!)- Beauty and Fashion– and the first thing I want to write about is- the Origins of the Fashion Industry.

Ladies Fashion Mags-always lurking in my sitting room!

Ladies Fashion Mags-always lurking in my sitting room!

Nowadays, both men and women spend thousands (perhaps for those who have them even millions) of pounds every year on clothing, shoes, bags etc, with the sole aim of looking their best and possibly their goal is to be better than others, the absolute best. So whats` this fixation we (most of us) have with fashion? What is the psychological reason that we pursue fashion so intently?

I guess fashion is a personal thing really and it`s always great to witness people wearing different styles, some suit them perfectly and others honestly don`t- however, I feel that fashion and personality do go together and can`t be separated!

A quick google search on the ‘origins of fashion’ produced 64,900,000 hits in 0.23s- remarkable -I`d like to think of this number as being the number of followers I`ll have one day on this blog- that`s being positive! :). If you are thinking that I`ll go through all of these, well, mate you`re wrong!!- however a quick browse has given me some interesting facts which no doubt some (or all ) of you would know.

It seems that changes in costumes/fashion occurred during economic upheavals – so, everyone, get ready to rock with new fashion styles (sorry, couldn`t resist with all the media hype on economic downturn). The downside was that the style remained static for a while after, so if that`s something which we need to think about….)

  • There`s always been differences in Western vs Eastern styles, with one saying that the other is better (no surprise in that- history repeats itself, as they say).
  • In Europe, fashion really took off around the 14th century and to prove this we have major works of art which depicted people in the costumes of the day.
  • Marie Antoinette, Queen of France and wife of Louis XVI was a sure fashion icon of the 16th century, though her unfortunate fate isn`t one to be envied.
Queen Marie Antoinette of France Image reproduced from Wikipedia

Queen Marie Antoinette of France Image reproduced from Wikipedia

  • The discovery of the sewing-machine in the 1850s by Isaac Singer and others spearheaded the development of the fashion world as we now know it.

This was then followed by the launch of Vogue in 1892, in the US, which is still very much THE ladies magazine of today!

Audrey Hepburn Image reproduced from Wikipedia

Audrey Hepburn
Image reproduced from Wikipedia

And to end this post, this woman (look at the photo above) is my personal all-time fashion icon- now, it`s your turn, who`s your fashion icon?

Reference:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fashion

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