Fashion Through the Decades

Fashion through the decadesOn this page, we are going to take a brief look at the differences between the various decades when it comes to fashion. This is, of course, not a complete guide. Many, many books have been written on the subject. It should, however, be fine for those who are just getting started in the world of fashion:

1900 to 1918

It was in this decade that haute couture started to become the norm, only for the wealthiest out there though. The earliest pieces looked absolutely stunning too. Obviously, halfway through the decade, World War 1 began. This means that the clothing produced at that time was slightly lower in quality as most resources were being placed into the war.


Fashion started to pick up again at the start of the 1920s. Long and thin silhouette clothing was the main focus here. A lot of the clothing produced had huge amounts of detail. This included a lot of beading. Beautiful fabrics were long, and dresses produced were long. As movies started to gain popularity at this stage, they had a huge impact on fashion.


Parisian couture started to leak into the world of fashion. This was because of the huge amount of publicity that movie stars were generating. Women boasted clothing that had a number of feminine attributes, this was a stark contrast to the 1920s where clothing was very masculine in style. Evening gowns were the norm here.


Clothing did not go through that much change during the 40s due to World War 2. Durability was the main focus. Clothing needed to last. Much of what was produced was wool, particularly suits. Blues and blacks dominated the colour schemes.


Rock and roll was the main focus of the 50s. It permeated youth culture like no other type of music. This led to huge changes in the world of fashion. Think along the lines of leather jackets and jeans. Women were wearing dresses adorned in floral patterns, cocktail dresses, cardigans and capris. Audrey Hepburn helped to popularise a number of styles at this time.


Many of the most popular items of clothing at this time were tailored, particularly the suits. Women absolutely loved to wear Twiggy mini skirts. Obviously, hippy culture was rife in the 1960s, so psychedelic clothing was very much ‘in’. Synthetic clothing started to become more popular at this time.


This decade said goodbye to hippie culture, but some of its impact remained on the clothing produced. This included long flowery dresses. Disco was very much in and that had an influence on fashion.


This was the year of the shoulder pads and tight fitting jeans. You would also find plenty of people boasting some rather colourful cardigans. Converse and loafers were a popular footwear to wear.


It is hard to define fashion trends in the 1990s. Denim was certainly ‘in’, along with mini-skirts. Many women wore clothing which exposed their stomachs,


This era is very much a blend of styles from over the years, particularly in respect to the 1990s. Pop punk style is incredibly popular in the 2000s.

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