February 28, 2021
Evolution of the Fashion Industry

Evolution of the Fashion Industry

The fashion industry, just like others, has revolutionized with the invention of the computer and the Internet. Fashion designers use technology to graphically design their next line of clothes to ensure the product quality and get approval for their designs.

However, this wasn’t the case a few decades ago. The fashion industry relies on trends and the ever-evolving tastes of human beings. Let us have a closer look at the evolutionary beauty of design and the Fashion Industry.

Earliest era of fashion

The mass production of clothes began in the nineteenth century. However, this was the initial stage, and the industry had not caught the people’s attention yet. Somewhere in the twentieth century, small cloth vendors and tailors transformed into developing businesses. 

Before the 19th century, clothing was just a necessity, but with the growth of economies and manufacturing companies’ development, the industry welcomed designers worldwide. Europe was the place to host the first fashion house. 

Improvement of working conditions

Soon, the fashion industry employed about 18000 workers in NYC just for the production of tops. The fashion houses were dependant mostly on manual labor. By the end of the 20th-century, people had shifted from customized clothing to ready-to-wear apparel. 

Machinery for the production of clothes entered the arena, and factories started to set up. At this point, people resisted the establishment of factories because factories would pollute the environment and the fashion industry experienced a significant setback.   

Evolving industry 

In the 20th century, the fashion industry started to rise again as Computer-Aided Design (CAD) made things easier for designers and fashion houses worldwide. The integration of technology in the fashion industry opened doors for new and innovative fields in design.

CAD lets designers check various prints in extensive color palettes and explore their options in a better way. Fashion designing has completely shifted to the virtual medium, which increases cost-effectiveness.

Fashion trends over the years 

Well, there will always be some fashion pieces that always stay in style, like an all-red sleek dress or a black tux. However, trends in fashion have changed a lot. 

1900-1910

The 19th century was filled with plain and boring bustle dresses for women. The famous French designer introduced the Jupe Culotte, which was a significant change in style.   

1920-1930

The 1920s welcomed the iconic flapper dresses that featured fringe, studs, stones, and beads. The Cloche hats with a bob cut, flapper pants, and long stiff jackets were a major trend then. Coco Chanel, Jean Patou, and Jeanne Lavie launched evening dresses and knee-length skirts.

1940-1960

Feminism promoted boiler suits in the 1930s, and pillbox hat was a sign of elegance in 1960. Pearl jewelry was the new fashion trend, and dresses featured a flared skirt with a peter pan collar.

1970-1990

 Bell bottom jeans, platform heels, shoulder-padded blazers, plaid sets, and the iconic black leather jackets were all trends from this era. 

2000-2010

Streetwear clothing has taken the world by a blow in this era. Velour tracksuits, trucker hats, sneakers, high-waisted ripped jeans, and hoodies are in fashion.

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