Fashion design before the modernist period was uncomfortable for women. With heavy fabrics and corsets. When the modernist period came around it revolutionised fashion for women. The two designers who impacted the fashion industry the most during this period were Coco Chanel and Jeanne Lanvin. Both designers wanted the same outcome when it came to their designs.
Longer, more fitted, styles of coats were also worn very often. These kind of coats were another form of fashion that accentuates a woman's waist, making it look thinner. Under garments were a huge part of a woman's attire in the fifties. Women wore dresses and skirts more than they wore pants because the style was more formal and conservative. There were a large amount of different styles of the dresses the women wore.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a world-renowned fashion designer during The Great Depression of the 1930s? Designers like Coco Chanel, Madeleine Vionnet, Madame Grès, and Valentina Schlee most certainly had this experience. The 30s was a decade full of incredible and influential designers who each brought their own style to the world of fashion. Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel, perhaps the most famous designer of the twentieth century, made some of her biggest contributions to fashion in the 1930s. “When Chanel was old enough to leave [the boarding school she was placed into after the abandonment of her father due to her mother’s death], the nuns found her a job at a local boutique, The House of Gramayre, where she worked as a shop assistant and seamstress” (“Overview-Chanel” 2).
In Herland, the importance of clothing to women is a form of symbolism. To the characters, clothes were a way for woman to reach their full human potential. The main reason the woman wear clothes are to feel useful and beautiful (Tyson). Gilman intentionally writes about the world of woman and how the utopian society views clothes and also how the real society in today’s world views clothes. The clothes that the woman wear in Herland are meant to be stylish and yet comfortable as well.
For centuries humans have been practicing body modification for the sake of beauty. Two common forms of body modifications are corset wearing and footbinding. The corset was an important part of the female wardrobe for several centuries in the Western culture. It helped to sculpt the body allowing for an outward intimate visualization of the female physique. Middle-class women depended heavily on the use of the corset to aide with keeping the mind and body tamed.
This time exuded a glamorous tone and majorly affected women's fashion. Dresses were now made with more luxurious materials such as silk or satin. Dress silhouettes were chic and fitted to contour the body’s natural shape while still providing movement and grace. This was a new release of expression as women were previously confined to wearing clothes that were plain and functional during the economic crisis. This was an exciting breakout for women as they were finally allowed to express themselves again and show their personality through fashion.
Also women at that time were expected to have small hands and feet as a sign of their feminism, otherwise they would be considered as masculine-looking. During the nineteenth century, corsets were really common among women. They were a type of body suit laced to the back, which was worn to enhance a woman's hips and breasts, while make her waist seem as thin as possible. The use of corsets continued till the 1920s, as it was later attacked for its restrictiveness, both in breathing and movement. The 1900s was completely different from the previous centuries.
Along with this privilege, a new sense of freedom, rights of feminism and self-expression flourished. The youth of America embraced their new sense of liberty and looked forward to creating their own culture which embraced society’s new values. As for changes in fashion, the huge influence of Parisian designers like Chanel and Lanvin revolutionised fashion and style. According to Marie Claire magazine women’s style loosened up as the corsets came off, the skirts got shorter and trousers for women were in for the first time. While comfort ruled, the efforts were still fabulous as showgirls like Josephine Baker, Clara Bow and Greta Garbo became the Cara Delevigne, Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner’s of the decade.
Chanel was a french fashion designer who most often consider the creator of the “flapper look”. She took inspiration from men clothing and she strived for the same thing they did. Chanel's goal was to make clothing for women comfortable while stilling being fashionable, she freed women from corsets and heavy dressed and invented the loose-fitting little black dress (Spivack, The History of the Flapper, Part 5: Who Was Behind the Fashion?) . Whether women were movie stars, socialites, journalists, or fashion designers they held important roles in societies and made leaps and bounds for women during the jazz
The model is wearing an elegant dark, white jacket with a low V neck. In Jean Kilbourne states “the image isn’t real; it’s artificial, its constructed.” The Caucasian female model is beyond perfect. She was edited this way to to perceive perfect and convince female consumers they will
Carrie Underwood looked glamorous as she wore an epic sheer gown with lace details at the Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Concert at the Wynn Las Vegas on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The event was held as a tribute to the late Frank Sinatra on what would have been his 100th birthday. The 32-year-old opted for a black illusion dress design by Yousef Al-Jasmi, which possessed a sheer skirt that flaunted her amazing toned legs, a detachable train, and beading from top to bottom. She matched the ensemble with statement earrings and heels. The "Heartbeat" singer slipped into another style during the event.