Some say that in ancient times, comfort was the priority and fashion didn’t count.

They might be right … but I think that fashion did count. When the first salvage lady added a colorful stone on her beautiful goat skin dress to show her privile ged status in the tribe, the fashion concept came to life. And for a long time f ashion was available only for the upper class. The first great revolution in fashion was when people replaced skin clothes with fabrics. The fabric had the width measuring about the height of the wearer and was wrapped around the body and pinned on both shoulders. The excess material wa s allowed to fall freely, giving the impression of a short cape as seen on Roman’s statues. Another revolution was when draped clothes were replaced with the sewed ones. I think that the transition was made by the Byzantine costume. The fabrics started to have more elaborate patterns. The embroidery knew an ascension. Gold and sil ver threads, as well as pearls, were used to embellish the clothes. The style wa s adapted to the portrayal of the new Christian saints and symbols. Byzantine st yle continued in icon painting until today. The real beginning of the fashion is considered to be the moment when the common costume for both, men and women is disappearing and clothes are starting to dev elop as two polarities. It remains a mystery where this true revolution happened for the first time. Simultaneously, France, Italy, Spain and England dispute th eir supremacy. Probably it was Italy, because renaissance period began in Floren ce. Of course, the maternal curves were not popular so women had to wear a type of bodice to flat their chest. Another characteristic of renaissance fashion is the hoop skirt which is a skirt worn over a framework of rings to make it spread out. In England the fashion was characterized by richness and confidence and… Elizabeth’s collars and her heart-shape hairstyle. Spanish clothes were almost always black and white, giving them a cavalier look. In France the neckline started to go do wn despite the protests of the puritans. Soon, the hoop was replaced with the Sp anish farthingale characterized by the wide hips. More and more fabric was used for the gowns that sometimes weigh up to 15-20 kilos. And this was only the beginning of the Golden Age of fashion. Except this time, France became the center of the fashion world. It was the age of balls and mistr esses. The corsets showed all the parts of the female torso in the best light. T he gowns were decorated with ruffles, ribbons and flowers. The fabrics were the best ever. Pompadour wigs were very popular and also very high as a symbol of a higher status. Fantasy had no limits. Of course, the fashion was an attribute of the aristocracy. During the reign of Queen Marie Antoinette, who was famous for her extravagance, the French Revolution burst. The royal family was guillotined. Corsets, hoops, wings and all the things connected to the old aristocracy were no longer popular . The new dress was very simple, with the waistline just underneath the bust and a straight long skirt, like Josephine’s dresses. Napoleon’s death is associated in fashion with the return of the corset and the ne w entry of the crinoline. The hourglass silhouette became an imperative for beau ty. It was the period of the most unhealthy corsets ever made. Corset designers continued to tighten the waist. The S-shape spine became more accentuated. Crino lines started to inconvenience especially when the ladies were fainting. This is why they were replaced with bustles to fill out the upper back of the skirt, as fullness begins to move to that direction in order to accentuate the S-shape co nsidered extremely fashionable. Ladies continued to faint, only this time they w ere no longer ridiculous.

The 20th century began with a revolt of women against corsets and then against s kirts. Fashion started to change faster than it did in its entire history and be came accessible to everybody. There are many things to say about fashion, becaus e fashion always have been an accurate history book. So today’s fashion is reflect ing what is happening in the world: globalization – we find influences in fashion from traditional costumes of countries we didn’t even know they exist, ecology - w e see on catwalk many Mother-Earth, goddess dresses, because we started to be aw are of our planet, post-apocalypse - I will not comment on that… and so on… Like I s aid there are too many things to say about fashion and I am not the right person to say it. I’m just trying to make a point and the point is that no matter who yo u are or what you like, you can find YOUR place in this fashion world, because t oday’s fashion allows you to do that. This is what you need to understand!

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