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Essay on 18th Century Fashion and It's Impact on 21st Century Trends

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Discipline Arts Entertainment
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Have you ever noticed how trend is continually repeating itself? There are several trends that have come, gone and come back again. A couple of examples are bell bottoms, skinny jeans, leg warmers, and flannel shirts. But just how far back do the replicating trends go? Styles from the 20th century repeat but a few trends and styles you see today go back much farther than that. Although 18th century clothing was far more complicated then todays you may see its influence in vogue now. Even though there are plenty of examples of this two that will be discussed are the corset and the mens suit. Throughout the 18th century Americans began to create their particular style slowly but were affected by European styles, most of which started in Paris. Other aspects of American culture such as art and music were also influenced by Europe. Some clothing were imported, others were created in the colonies by copying designs from the West. The industrial revolution created mass production of clothes and textiles possible. The progress of the creation of weaving in 1733 known as the flying shuttle improved how textiles were created. It enabled wider parts of fabric to be woven at a dramatically faster rate. In 1764, the spinning jenny was devised and has been an instant success.since it could twist eight threads of cotton yarn, instead of the spinning wheel. It decreased the cost of production whilst speeding up the process. Water wheels originally powered textile mills, forcing them to be found near rivers. Following the steam engine was invented cloth mills could be built anywhere. (Tortora and Eubank 225) The ability to mass produce made it possible for men of lower courses to dress just like those of a higher class. Throughout the 18th century at E.. .

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