The dress is a symbol of femininity, style and desirable clothing for every woman who wants to emphasize her beauty. In the article "History of the dress" we will trace its evolution- how it has changed over the years and the period when it was even worn by men.
We will start our virtual gallery from Ancient Egypt
The hot climate contributes to the clothes there being airy, light, and the main material from which they are made is linen. The female garment in Ancient Egypt was the dress-white, long, and with different variations from the chest up. Observing scenes in the tombs, the variety of straps makes an impression. They are thin, thick or criss-crossing. Characteristically, the shoulders are bare. Egyptian women girded their dresses with belts that were of different colours. During different periods the dress underwent transformations- it became wider and the shoulders were covered by sleeves. They were detached from the dress and put on when necessary. On all the frescoes we observe a V-shaped neckline and embroideries.
Renaissance - historic upswing
A period of flourishing fashion, literature and culture. A century of great changes.
Here we see sharp shapes bulging in the sleeves and shoulders. The crinoline era. It is an invention of the Renaissance. The most striking image of the Renaissance is the Elizabethan I. She was a fashion icon for her time. Emulating her, even men wore corsets to accentuate their waists. Lavish dresses, with ruffled collars around the neck and buff sleeves are most characteristic of her style. Outerwear, huge and sharply shaped, dressed over the dresses also came in.
Elizabeth I the fan as a mandatory accessory. It is made of feathers and decorated with jewels. The colours during this period were bright, the jewellery lavish and in keeping with the grandeur of the monarchs. The embroideries and long sleeves are impressive.
History of dress in the 20th century
Here the corset is no longer present. The dress falls freely on the body, the breasts and hips do not stand out. In the 20th century, embroidery and jewellery re-entered. The length of the dress varies from the knee to the ground. In the 1940s, floral motifs entered and a small collar was added. And in the 1960s, the mini-size entered the market as a symbol of sexual revolution.
And today every woman can choose a dress according to her vision and preferences. Whether on a business meeting or a formal occasion, the dress is the appropriate attire.
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