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Yvette T. M. Mahé

PROJECT ON THE HISTORY OF FASHION

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Fashion, a social construct like language and culture, provides a window for studying customs, traditions, beliefs, shared values, symbolism, identity formation, social hierarchies, and for understanding the interplay between power and dominance in society. Karlyne Anspach (1967), in The Why of Fashion (The Iowa State University Press), explains that, “Through fashion people know where they stand in relation to others, who they are, and how they act” (p. 41).

Historically, fashion flourished at the courts of emperors, kings and queens, and among the aristocratic elite of inherited lineage or positions. In the last few centuries, due to the demand for high fashion clothing by the wealthy and powerful in society, new industries were created to produce fashion goods. This is evident in France at the turn of the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth centuries with the establishment of Haute Couture Fashion Houses such as those founded by Charles Frederick Worth, Paul Poiret, Madeleine Vionnet, Jacques Doucet, Callot Sisters, Jeanne Paquin, and Jeanne Lanvin, to name a few. High fashion houses still continue to influence clothing styles and trends. However, new designs for the production of mass fashion may sometimes originate from other sources of society such as movies, celebrities and entertainers, peoples of other cultures, and subculture groups (i.e. the Bohemians in the 1950s, the “hippie” in the 1960s, the punk look in the 1970s).

In the summer of 2011, I began to research and write a series of articles on topics dealing with the HISTORY OF FASHION. Below you will find a list of the articles published to date on the Origin of Haute Couture and the History of Furs in Fashion. These articles can be viewed in the Fashion Collections Website. The link for this website is shown at the end of the list of articles.

ARTICLES ON THE HISTORY OF FASHION

  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (April 25, 2016). History of wigs (perukes) as fashion attire.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (March 25, 2015. History of sleepwear. Nightshirts, nightgowns, pyjamas, dressing gowns, and nightcaps.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (January 17, 2015). History of jeans: from workpants to high fashion.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (May 24, 2014). History of men’s undergarments. Part II: men’s sex-organ covers, 1600-2000.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (March 10, 2014). History of men’s undergarments. Part I: men’s underwear up to 1600.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (February 10, 2014). History of gloves and their significance. Part II: customs and symbolism associated with gloves.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (November 12, 2013). History of gloves and their significance. Part I: early fashion gloves.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (September 3, 2013). History of women’s petticoats. History of women’s hooped petticoats: 1500-1900 (farthingales, panniers, bustles, and crinolines).
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (July 4, 2013). History of women’s corsets. Part III. Changes in corsetry, 1900-1950.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (July 3, 2013). History of women’s corsets. Part II.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (July 2, 2013). History of women’s corsets. Part I.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (April 1, 2013). History of jewellery. Part II. Jewellery and craftsmanship over the ages.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (March 27, 2013). History of jewellery. Part I. Origins of jewellery.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (January 5, 2013). History of facial cosmetics. History of beauty and cosmetics.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (November 14, 2012). History of embroidery before 1900. Part II.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (November 12, 2012). History of embroidery before 1900. Part I.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (July 8, 2012). Fashion furs and markets. Fur markets and fashion furs, 2000-2012.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (June 2, 2012). Introduction for furs in the 20 th century. Furs in fashion in the early twentieth century.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (February 19, 2012). History of furs in fashion 10 th to 19 th century.
    Furs and fashion trends in dress between the 10 th and 10 th centuries.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (January 11, 2012). History of furs in fashion and their usage over the last 2000 years.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (December 4, 2011). An Introduction of the use of fur in fashion and the history of fur in society.
  • Mahé, Yvette, Ph.D. (November, 2011). History of fashion and Jeanne Lanvin (1867-1946). House of Lanvin, the oldest fashion house in the world.
  • Mahé, Yvette, Ph.D. (October 4, 2011). History of Mme Jeanne Paquin the first woman designer to open her own fashion house in Paris (1869-1956).
  • Mahé, Yvette, Ph.D. (September 21, 2011). Callot Soeurs (Callot Sisters). A leading fashion house.
  • Mahé, Yvette, Ph.D. (September 8, 2011). Jacques Doucet (1853-1929). An Old Master of fashion design.
  • Mahé, Yvette, Ph.D. (August 25, 2011). History of Haute Couture: Madeleine Vionnet (1876-1975). AKA Queen of the bias cut.
  • Mahé, Yvette, Ph.D. (August 23, 2011). History of Haute Couture: Paul Poiret (1897-1944). One of the founders of couture, discover the history of Poiret.
  • Mahé, Yvette, Ph.D. (August 19, 2011). Discover the history of fashion’s first couturier. Charles Frederick Worth and the origins of Haute Couture.

To view the articles published in the History of Fashion Website please go to:

http://www.fashionintime.org/  History of Fashion