The story skirts
Today, the skirt is traditionally considered women’s clothing. Though the struggle for gender equality has led to the fact that women earned the right to flaunt in pants, men for some reason are not trying to infringe on women’s closet and dress up in skirts. May be because the legs of the men mostly curves and hairy? It’s their business. However, wearing skirts, it was not always exclusively a woman’s prerogative. This article of clothing was his own way of life.
Today the site of Stylish Thing will tell you the story of the skirt.
The history of skirts from ancient times to the present day
Originally skirt was not a sign of sexual differences. For example, in Ancient Egypt, men wore the shenti . representing a kind of apron: a strip of fabric that is held at the waist with a drawstring.
And wore it as commoners and members of the upper strata of society.
In Ancient Greece, men wore for some time loincloth, which also can be considered a “Lite version” of the skirt. In the clothes of Greek women began to appear long straight skirts, divided from the upper part of a garment. Although more common outfits were the chiton, peplos, and himation.
Men in ancient southern States wore skirts made from palm leaves, and loincloths.
The XV-XVI century was marked by the selection of the skirt in an independent and purely feminine item of clothing. Originally, the term “skirt” has the meaning apparel knee-length, gathered in the area of the throat (this word in Arabic means “the tunic without sleeves, and wore it regardless of gender). In the XV century appears the so-called Gothic skirt separated from the bodice. This was the result of a new approach to tailoring service.
Gradually the skirt “grows” train, and its length was a reflection of the status of its owner. In this regard, particularly distinguished Catherine: its 70-metre train had to carry 40 pages.
In the XVI century the palm in the legislation of the fashion trends belonged to Spain. At this time the train was neglected and left only a part of the court or ceremonial costume. But skirts began to grow wide: they were stuffed horsehair, would increase the weight through multiple tiers, and other tried to give them volume. In the end, the weight of the skirts has reached such an extent that women were not able to pick them up. And they came to the aid of a metal Hoop.
“Verdugo” — the so-called petticoat with a special metal frame. Wearing such skirts can be only noble ladies.
In the XVII century, the skirt was more convenient. During this period, France has earned the title of Queen of fashion, pushing Spain into the background. The pomp was still in fashion, but it was achieved at the expense of a huge number of petticoats. However, by the end of the century returned to fashion hoops. The upper skirt is slightly shorter and drape on the sides and bottom of the skirt is decorated, and the entire image is given a more Flirty look. Now it is not considered shameful to show charming legs. All this construction was reinforced with whalebone.
This skirt was called “flashy” — when walking it gave a distinctive rustle. All these metamorphoses skirts were quite in the spirit of the Rococo.
By the end of the eighteenth century, the skirt is quite immense. In the region of the buttocks began to podgladivat special pillows, which made this part of the body of a giant. Wide skirt has expanded so much that the ladies had problems when trying to fit in the doorway that led to the creation of folding frames skirts.
Sometimes the upper skirt ends a train, a trend which in the eighteenth century is returned. To train not interfered with during the dance, it is fastened to a huge pockets, lost among the folds of the skirt.
Only in the late eighteenth century French fashion skirt was superseded by the Roman clothing sample.
However, in the early nineteenth century women again set themselves in corsets and return to frame skirts, which by mid-century are replaced by crinolines. It is difficult to say why women are so obediently followed the fashion, which sometimes made them real executions.
What is “lame” skirt, which originated in the beginning of the twentieth century . it was so narrow in the area of the ankles that walking it was only limping. And frame skirts were so heavy that to move them independently in women has not always happened. Their weight was up to 100 kg
And only in the twentieth century women were finally able to breathe freely – both literally and figuratively. But the adherents of morality seriously worried. The skirt is not only shortened. She started sewing from a very transparent lung tissue.
This revolution has made Mary Quant in the 60’s – it came to light a mini-skirt. In General, in the twentieth century, the skirt has changed as its length and shape.
The history of the skirt is very extensive and diverse – we ran only the most basic of its milestones. However, we, the women of the XXI century, we can only rejoice in the fact that we can choose a skirt style and modern fashion that is not too cruel.