Top 10 of the most influential and revolutionary fashion trends and statements of all time. The history of clothing and accessories that we wear today.
Ever since Adam and Eve committed the first sin and God bestowed upon them fig leaves to cover up their nakedness, fashion has remained a major part of our lives. So many elements of a person is dictated and determined by the clothes that they wear. If a person wears designer brands, it is assumed that they’re rich. If someone is wearing rags, then they likely don’t have much money and their lifestyles are probably not lavish. With so much judgment on societal class, it is no surprise that fashion has become a powerful hand in society. With much power, comes great responsibility.
Believe it or not, much of our most iconic fashion were developed in times such as early man and medieval times. Thanks to the evolution of the human brain, we have been able to change and tweak some of the earliest fashion items into trends that have found eternal popularity. For example, the high heeled shoe actually has roots in early Renaissance times, but they were worn by men! Why? By elevating themselves with a heel, they could show off their social status. Heels were also seen as functional when it came to horseback riding because it locked the shoe into the stirrup. So, when did women start taking over the high heels? In the 16th century, a rather short woman named Catherine de Medici started wearing heels to make up for her short stature.
Sunglasses even have early roots dating back through centuries as the Inuit wore glasses made out of walrus ivory to help block out the sun! Today, sunglasses have multiple uses from protecting our eyes from the harmful UV rays to being a trendy fashion item. And if you’re a big celebrity, you’ve probably used sunglasses to shield your identity and hide evidence of being out in the lights, partying too much, or just being plain exhausted. Designers have made their millions from sunglasses, such as Ray-Ban, when they developed glasses exclusively for the military that eventually turned into a hot fashion trend. Get a pair of aviators with a leather jackets and you’re the coolest kid in town!
Some of the most poignant fashion items such as the bikini and the mini skirt found its birth in the mid-twentieth century. The bikini was the first of its kind to show off a woman’s midriff along with her butt and cleavage. You can image the stir it created amongst the more conservative crowd. When the mini skirt came out, women actually protested the garment because it was believed that it made a woman more vulnerable to rape.
Finally, the fashion item that changed the world was the bra. Yep, support for the woman’s chest area wasn’t really a priority until the late 1800’s when the brassiere was launched through Vogue. From that simple item that offers support, the Wonder Bra evolved from it as well as other bra-like innovations. Lingerie stores such as Victoria’s Secret have the bra listed as one of their most popular items.
With so much that has happened with fashion items of the past, there’s no telling what is ahead of us for the future.
The Air Jordan
The Leather Jacket
The Little Black Dress
The Mini Skirt