Fashion History Summary

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In the beginning there was light.  Shortly after, there was clothing.

The first day: Now the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And seeing that the light was good, God separated the light from the darkness.… We are not sure how many days, weeks, months or years later clothing entered the light.  However, we do know that it was an extremely long time ago.

According to archaeologists and anthropologists, the earliest clothing likely consisted of fur, leather, leaves, or grass that were draped, wrapped, or tied around the body. Knowledge of such clothing remains inferential, since clothing materials deteriorate quickly compared to stone, bone, shell and metal artifacts.

Why did clothing get its start?

Physically, clothing serves many purposes: it can serve as protection from the elements and can enhance safety during hazardous activities such as hiking, hunting, fighting, etc. It protects the wearer from rough surfaces, rash-causing plants, insect bites, splinters, thorns and prickles by providing a barrier between the skin and the environment. Clothes can insulate against cold or hot conditions, and they can provide a hygienic barrier, keeping infectious and toxic materials away from the body.

How far back does clothing go?

Archeologists have identified very early sewing needles of bone and ivory from about 30,000 BC, found near Kostenki, Russia in 1988. Dyed flax fibers that could have been used in clothing have been found in a prehistoric cave in the Republic of Georgia that date back to 34,000 BC.

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Like in many other areas, Google has taken the study of fashion history to an all new level.

Google Digitizes 3,000 Years of Fashion History The massive “We Wear Culture Project” includes 30,000 online artifacts from over 180 institutions.

The history of fashion design refers to the development of the fashion industry which designs clothing and accessories.  Throughout human history, fashion has served as a signifier of class and status as well as an economic and political driver.  Clothing, footwear, and accessories have long been an important aspect of history for many cultures around the world.  Fashion has a glorious evolution and historical significance.

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