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The Evolution of Women's Fashion

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BC: The End | The evolution of fashion's not over yet, it continues to change through the years.


1: The Twelfth Century was an age of innovation and elegance in civilian dress . | The long, fitted dress has narrow sleeves that flare out into dramatic, streaming cuffs that almost reach to the ground. Worn with a double-wrapped belt, these gowns were the height of “High Medieval” fashion!

2: The 13th Century There really wasn't much change from womens' gowns from the 12th to the 13th century except women wore hose and leather shoes, while their long dresses were loosely-fitted and had a narrow belt and tight sleeves.

3: The 14th Century In the 14th century clothing moved away from simple variants of the tunic towards sleek, elegant lines that emphasized the human form.

4: The wide, shallow scooped neckline was replaced by a V-neck, often cut low enough to reveal the decorated front of the kirtle beneath. | Women's fashions of the 15th century consisted of a long gown, usually with sleeves, worn over a kirtle or undergown, with a linen chemise or smock worn next to the skin.

5: The 16th Century (Tudor Dress) Women's fashions of the earlier 16th century consisted of a long gown, usually with sleeves, worn over a kirtle or undergown, with a linen chemise or smock worn next to the skin.

6: fashionable bodices had high necklines or extremely low, rounded necklines, and short wings at the shoulders. | The 17th Century(Elizabethan Dress)

7: The 18th Century (Gowns) | Women's clothing styles retained an emphasis toward a conical shape of the torso while the shape of the skirts changed throughout the period.

8: 19th Century (Victorian) | women's gowns developed narrow and sloping shoulders, low and pointed waists, and bell-shaped skirts. Corsets, a knee-length chemise, and layers of flounced petticoats were worn under the gowns.

9: 19th Century

10: The 20th Century | 1900s drastic change in fashion occur.

11: Flapper | Modern Era: 1920-1940 | During the 1920s, clothing styles officially entered the modern era of fashion design. During this decade, women began to liberate themselves from constricting clothes for the first time and openly embrace more comfortable styles like pants and short skirts. | (short skirts and low waistlines) | 1920s

12: The 50s | 950s fashions emphasized fragile femininity, in the form of soft shoulders, stiletto heels, wrist-length gloves and full, billowing skirts.

13: Fashion was exciting in the 60s.It could be colorful or drab, fashion forward or laid-back, or relaxed | The 60s

14: the 70s | Hot colorful pants and Spandex tops appeared. Mismatching was common.

15: The 80s | Oversize tops with a miniskirt or leggings were the lattest fashion. | Leg Warmers were found in every girls closet. | The shorter the better women loved miniskirts!

16: The 90s | The bigger and more colorful the jeans, the cooler they were.

18: Fashion in the Year 2000 | designs and a return to handcrafted, demi-couture pieces .

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