“The fashions of today are on their way to make room for the fashions of tomorrow, but the wise ones will watch the signs of the times to see how some fashions will survive and others will be cast into the discard” Style Notes, The New York Times, July 24, 1921
Fashion was born in the 12th century, but it wasn’t until the 20th century that it was formed in the way we know it now. The 20th century was the cusp before mass production, before ready-to-wear lines, when Haute Couture was on the rise. Each decade of the 20th century had something fresh, special and innovating to offer fashion, mainly through its social movements. The liberation of the corset; the New Look; the Youthquake; the sexual revolution; rock and roll music; the disco era and the grunge culture. Several key trends from these decades have developed into classics; Chanel’s little black dress exemplifies this argument best.