When Did Fashion Breakout?
By Gunner Glam
When did fashion as people know it begin?
Studio Brow wants to let you know the possibilities.
Fashion could have began when early people became interested in how they look.
Fashion is not just an industry; it is a passion and a calling about personal expression which is as old as humanity itself.
Fashion has been an innate part of the human condition since the time humans started covering up with leaves, fashioning sarongs and clothing out of animal skin hide.
Further down the line of human progress, the naked body became taboo and modesty came into the picture.
After all, to have fashion a person must first have clothing.
Once people started putting on clothing, they began paying attention to how such garments looked on their frames. It was only a matter of time before spools of thread started spinning, synthetic cloths were put into production and more attention was given to this industry.
Researchers estimate that people began wearing clothing around one-hundred thousand and five-hundred thousand years ago.
These items were made out of animal skins, leaves and bones, among other natural things.
At first, the clothing was draped or tied with plant vines and other materials. Eventually needles were fashioned from bones and people began sewing leather and fur to make more intricate pieces of clothing.
Woven fibers were discovered as an easier alternative to the tough quality of leather. The clothing was woven using techniques learned from the weaving of baskets.
Until the sewing machine was invented during the mid-1770s, people sewed everything by hand.
The introduction and commercialization of the sewing machine made clothing easier and cheaper to make and produce.
Fashion-wise, most nations’ royalty and upper classes controlled fashion trends.
The idiom “fashion police” is more than a joke: during the Middle Ages, certain fabrics were reserved for royalty. If people were seen wearing certain styles of clothing or certain fabrics, they could be fined or imprisoned.
Before sewing machines and ready-to-wear clothing was sold in stores, each and every piece of clothing was made to the specific measurements of an individual. As clothing stores came into vogue, clothing became less expensive and fashion became more accessible.
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