Fashion is and expression of the spirit of the time and often a reaction to what proceeded it. Apparel manufacturing and trend setting was long before the european colonization of North America. When English settlers came to America they brought their trends with them and continued to import manufactured textiles for several generations.
Native American clothing included moccasins, deer skin, fur parkas, head dresses and leather leggings. They made very intricate beaded jackets, ribbon shirts, satin shawls, woolen sweaters, and knotted buck skin dresses. When the english settlers came over to America, a lot of them adapted to the Native American style, in which the first trend setting was born. This certain dressing was due to the limited resources during this period. They used animal skin, stones, plant fibers, and woven cloth.
In the 1800’s came the full skirts, the corsets, bloomers, bustles, caps, and lace up shoes. This certain style soon became more comfortable due to the National Dress Reform Movement. Reformers proposed, designed, and wore more rational....comfortable clothing. First came undergarment reform, which was the criticism of mis shaping your body. Woman were even supposed to where corsets when pregnant. Physician Alice Bunker Stockham disagreed with the whole corset idea especially the “pregnancy corset”. She stated “the best pregnancy corset is no corset at all”. As a result of all this the first “emancipation union under flannel” was sold in 1868 which was a much loser cotton undergarment. Then there was the National Dress Society founded in 1881 there purpose was “The Rational Dress Society protests against the introduction of any fashion in dress that either deforms the figure, impedes the movements of the body, or in any way tends to injure the health.”
When the early nineteenth century came around a lot happened. The Industrial Revolution and women’s rights...