Fashion History

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Fashion History

Women's Fashion

Fashion History

The 18th Century 1715-1790 AD

Working-class people in 18th century England and the United States often wore the same garments as fashionable people shirts, warstcoats, coats and breeches for men, and shifts, petticoats, and dresses or jackets for women but they owned fewer clothes and what they did own was made of cheaper and sturdier fabrics.

In the late 18th century, new phiosophies of child-rearing led to clothes that were thought especially suitable for childre. Toddlers wore washable dresse called frocks of linen or cotton.

Children's Fashion & Working class clothing

Men's Fashion

Fashion in the twenty years between 1775-1795 in European countries and North America became simpler and less elaborate. These changes were a result of emerging modern ideals of selfhood, the declining fashionability of Rococo.

Men's felt hats were worn with the brims flat rather than cocked or turned up. Men and women wore shoes with shoe buckles(when they could afford them). Men who worked with horses wore boots.

Women's clothing styles maintained an emphasis on the conical shape of the torso while the shape of the skirts changed throughout the period. Woman's silk brocade shoes with straps for shoe buckles.

*Hairstyles and HeadgearThe 1770s were notable for extreme hairstyles and wigs which were built up very high, and often incorporated decorative objects(sometimes symbolic, as in the case of the famous engraving depicting a lady wering a large ship in her hair with masts and sails naval victory in the American war of independence.

Throughour the period, men continued to wear the coat, waistcoat and breeches. In the United States, only the first five Presidents, from George Washington to James Monroe, dressed according to this fashion, including wearing of powdered wigs. 1789

COATSBy the 1770s, coats exhibited a tighter, narrower cut then seen in earlier periods, and wre occasionally double-breasted. A coat with a wide collar called a frock coat, derived from a traditional working-class coat, was worn for hunting and other country pursuits in both Britain and America. Although originally designed as sporting wear, frock coats gradually came into fashion as everyday wear.


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