Looking at History From the Point of View of Fashion

People’s dressing choices are mainly influenced, or determined, by the time they live in. It can be intriguing to take a glimpse at the birth and development of the historical design that we are still adding to MSBASIC's clothing today.

Corsets, which is a sort of undergarment to shape a hourglass figure with a tiny waist, is a must-have for the upper-class women in the 1840s and 1850s when tightlacing first became popular.

Rose wearing a corset in Titanic

On the contrary of the modern underwear aiming to express femininity, the corsets in the 20th century were to hide feminine features with external pressure. While being made out of hard material such as whalebone, wood, or iron, corsets were supposed to curve the wearer’s body to an unnatural shape.

In order to dig into the birth of corsets, we will have to look at the 14th century where the population in Europe slumped on account of the Black Death pandemic and plague, the urgent need for labor force had pushed the liberation of culture and religion. However, the honey moon with complete freedom didn’t last long, the royal family then ended the wild freedom with a new fashion trend of wearing a corset. The upper class advocated the new trend and then it eventually became a historical dressing manner.

It was only until 1904 in the U.K. where an activity against the restriction on women’s figure occurred that women have at last got rid of corsets. What's behind this fashion revolution was the awakening of feminine consciousness. The change of women started wearing trousers historically symbolized the beginning of feminism.

There was a long time in the past in which women wearing trousers was not acceptable in society because trousers had been a sort of clothing merely belonged to men. Even though COCO had managed to design the first female trousers, it still took nearly 40 years for the society to accept female trousers.

The World War II later boosted the process of the society accepting female trousers since men were drawn to the front line and got highly involved in the war, and women had had to take over men’s jobs for the society. The female trousers at that time were inevitably masculine.

When women began wearing trousers, genderless fashion was also born, with which a change to bring equality to gender was upcoming. Nowadays, genderless fashion is still growing since it first emerged in the 1920s. Not only are women getting more opportunities for education and jobs from improving gender equality, but the world is embracing a new form of respect that has no gender stereotype involved.


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