by Brittany Barbou and Ellen Beane [twitter]09/06/2013 17:01:02
´╗┐by Brittany Barbou and Ellen Beane Hello guests, and thank you for taking a look at our wiki space. Our topic, Fashion: The Evolution of an Image, explores some examples of changes in fashion throughout history. It then goes on to discuss ways in which the changes in trends have affected women's self perception and body image. We decided to discuss fashion because we thought it might be a subject that would appeal to a lot of women. Women are easily influenced by the various changes in styles, as they are constantly trying to adhere to newest trends. This mentality can be found throughout history. Fashion industries have a way of forming an image of what the average person should look like in their clothes; therefore a woman's self perception is in constant flux. The skirt is one of the first garments to be worn by humans. Although both men and women have worn skirts throughout history, it is considered to emphasize femininity. This is so much so that women have even been called "skirts" as a form of slang. One of the earlier forms of the skirt for women is the petticoat. This skirt was both long and full of volume. In the early 16th century, long skirts were a measure of financial status because fabric was expensive at the time. However, these skirts became very heavy and hot when the warmer months came. Then came the crinoline skirt. A crinoline was a metal cage looking hoop that was worn underneath a woman's skirt. This skirt was still long, and it gave the allusion of fullness without the added on weight and heat. The crinoline could be manufactured in large quantities . This made the skirt less expensive. Therefore the skirt was no longer a symbol of financial standing. With the turn of the 20th century, the skirt transformed in order to suit practical needs. Because of the war, women had to wear clothing that could be more functional in the workplace. This meant raising the hemline to the calf and even the knee is some styles. In the 1960s, the mini skirt was introduced. This was a time when fashion was influenced a lot by the younger generations and what they were wearing. This new length moved away from the modest aspect of skirts. Instead, a skirt could be about freedom, liberation, and rand in some cases rebellion. Today the mini skirt is usually below a woman's finger tips if she were to hold her arms at her sides, and it is meant to hug a woman's shape. This would have been unheard of and heavily looked down upon during the modest days of the crinoline skirt. However, the skirt, in all of its many forms, has become a fundamental part of a woman's wardrobe. Although the days of petticoats and crinolines are over, women have many different skirt lengths to choose from. That is a positive outcome of the changes in the skirt because if women don't feel that they look good in one style, they can choose a different one. Also, with so many different styles, a woman is likely to find one that does the right things for her figure. Todays' woman can show as much or as little of her skin as she wants. Clearly as time has progressed, the seeming norm for women has been to dress much more provocatively and therefore showing more skin. However, in wearing such outfits, especially when these images are portrayed in the media, women believe that they need to fit a certain body type in order to be accepted in a changing society. Women are going to change their bodies so that they look appealing in the changing styles- and since these styles are revealing more and more of a woman's figure, she finds it necessary to have the kind of body she sees in magazines. There are drawings dating back to Middle Ages in which women are wearing corsets, but the widespread use of them was not until the 19th century. They were first used because women were thought to be weak individuals who could not support themselves on their own. Corsets were put on girls as early as three or four years old, and they were tightened each year. Eventually, these women's bodies became weaker and weaker until their bodies became so weak and reliant on the corset that she could not sit or stand up for a long period of time without one. The corset also served the purpose of helping women keep their virtuosity, for it made getting undressed a hard thing to do. The soon began to be used for its main purpose, to decrease the size of the waist and elevate the busts, which is the what they are still used for today. Today corsets are typically used for more erotic purposes. They are less commonly worn as everyday wear and instead sold as lingerie. This modern use of the garment promotes the concept that a skinny waist and raised chest is sexy, and you should alter your body to fit this standard. The corset literally acts as an instant before and after. It simulates an image of what a woman could look like. Other garments that might also have this slenderizing affect on women are things like the hosiery Spanx or even girdles. A woman may consider the slimmer look to be more ideal, and she may strive to have this look all the time. In this way, the corset may result in both positive and negative effects depending on whether or not a woman seeks to change her body in a healthy way. Once again, thank you for visiting our wikispace. We hope that it has helped to provide you with a few examples of the way fashion is changing and how this change effects women. It's very easy to get caught up in fashion trends. When we see models in magazines wearing the newest trends, it has become normal for women to want to mimic these models to look as good as they do in the clothes. Women often alter their bodies in order to make this happen. When trying to lose weight to fit these standards, women need to remember that the best way to lose weight is to eat healthy and exercise.