Essay on Clothes Style in the Late 20th

The changes in the way that clothes were manufactured directly changed how the style of clothes were made. You can tell this as early back as the American civil war, with the introduction to factories during the Industrial Revolution.

During the Civil War, most of the uniforms were made by tailors, individuals, and families. Later in the war more factories started being built, which led to more uniforms being created faster than the tailors could make them, this also led to the uniforms themselves not being as detailed as the individually made uniforms. They weren’t as detailed because they needed to get them out quicker  and quicker because the demand for the uniforms reached an all time high near the end of the war.

The Civil War only changed the way that Men’s clothing was developed, while women’s clothing developed more slowly, even up into the 1920’s women’s clothing were generally custom-made. At that point a number of factors came together to contribute to the success of the women’s apparel industry. New techniques were developed, more supply, and the advertising industry rose in prominence, which drove sales out of the roof. Most importantly, demand was created in the form of the rising urban class wanting to buy these dresses. However, ready-made clothing often fit poorly.

A tailor for example for take many measurements, up too two dozen, when making a mans suit. Determining the distance from the base of the neck to the shoulders is needed for an exact fit. Women’s clothes are less straightforward and tailors that usually made Men’s clothes had trouble and didn’t know where to start. Every manufactured  created its own unique sizing system. These systems were made based on inaccurate body data, or no body data at all. Different manufactures frequently. Labeled garments widely different dimensions of the same size. This resulted in additional expenses for alterations. It also meant large volumes of returned merchandise. Which results in more work for shop owners and the customer. This would all be fixed in 1937 when the U.S department of Agricultre considered conducting a study of women’s body measurements. This created a standardized sizing system that everyone in the industry could follow.

Now we’re in the late 20th and early 21st centuries and rapid advancements in computer technology gave today’s fashion designers a easier way to express their creativity. Previously, Fashion designers would have to use pencil sketches, traditional math-based pattern sizing. Today, designers  generally have computer aided design software at their disposal to help determine textile weaves, sizing dimensions, and more. The CAD software allow them to view designs of clothing on virtual models, so that they could see if they like it. All of this makes for a much more efficient garment design process, saving companies and fashion designers, both time and money that would otherwise have been spent on manually creating prototypes like it was back in the day



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