World Dress Day: history and curiosities – Notife

On November 21 we pay tribute to a legendary feminine garment that never goes out of style. World Dress Day is celebrated.

From long, short, solid or patterned models, the dress (from the Latin vestitus) has defined the female gender. It is a great ally for everyday use or any special occasion such as parties, 15 years, a cocktail and the most beautiful of all: the dreamed of wedding dress.

Brief History of Dress
The time of prehistory marked the beginning of the use of clothing in humans, due to the need to cover the body due to extreme temperatures and climatic changes. During this stage of human history, the skin of animals hunted by man was used.

Subsequently, the use of the dress as an exclusive feminine garment began at the end of the 13th century, characterized by a corset that emphasized the female bust and torso, fully covering the lower part of the body and the underwear that was used at the time, to evolve to a variety of designs, lengths and colors.

The period called “Belle Epoque”, between the years 1890 to 1910, was dominated by wealth, opulence and extravagance. The dress code used was long, starched floor-length dresses, with exclusive designs accompanied by dazzling accessories such as jewelry and elaborate wigs.

In the 20th century, one of the great references in the world of fashion was Coco Chanel, with a simple cut dress that symbolized the women’s fashion of Paris, from the 1930s to the 1960s.

Already in the second half of the 20th century, the evolution of the textile sector influenced the production of garments with softer fabrics, for use in warmer seasons. From the 60s on, the dress ceased to be the feminine garment par excellence, giving way to other trends, based on skirts and pants that have evolved to this day, by great designers and fashion influencers.

Dress Institute
The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of New York or Institute of the Dress was inaugurated in 1937. It has a collection of 33,000 costumes from all eras, including dresses that have marked a pattern in the history of fashion by famous designers such as Chanel and Versace.

It has a state-of-the-art laboratory with regulated lighting and temperature, for the conservation of its vast collection of clothing.

The charity event known as the “MET Gala” is held annually to kick off the annual fashion show of the Instituto del Garment. The funds raised in each gala go to this Institution of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Each year a theme is chosen that must be followed by those attending the event, made up mostly of celebrities from the world of show business and fashion.

Dress codes: How to dress for a ceremony or event?

In the various social events that are presented, it is necessary to comply with some rules of etiquette in the case of women, which we mention below:

For events that require formal dress (such as a gala, concert, or formal party), a long dress should be worn.
If it is a half-dress event, a cocktail dress (short, knee-length or mid-calf) is used.
If the invitation to the event or ceremony indicates that you should go with formal clothing, you can use a half-dress, or a short dress suitable for the occasion.
In the case of the informal wardrobe, women can choose to wear a suit jacket or a combination of blouse and skirt or blouse and dress pants. It is necessary to avoid the use of casual clothing.

Did you know? Some fun facts about the dress
We could not fail to mention some curious and interesting facts about the great protagonist of this world day: the dress

The rules that indicate that a dress is classified as “Haute Couture” are established and regulated by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, since the 19th century.
Haute Couture dresses are made exclusively by hand, by a team made up of about fifteen people and an estimated production time between 100 and 1,000 hours, depending on the design and model of the dress.

The iconic white dress that Marilyn Monroe wore in the movie “The Temptation Lives Above”, in the year 1955, has been considered the most expensive dress in history. In 2011 it was auctioned for the exorbitant amount of $ 5,520,000 (4,450,700 euros).

Previously, brides used dresses of any color, until in 1840 Queen Victoria got married with a white dress, becoming a trend that has remained over time. White was considered a color of mourning at that time.
In ancient Rome the violet color was exclusively for emperors and magistrates.
Skirts and dresses are part of men’s fashion today, although their use by men is very rare.

In 1910 it was very common for boys to wear dresses until they were 6 years old.
One of the most curious and peculiar dresses of all time, was the one used by the singer Lady Gaga at the MTV Video Music Awards gala in 2010. It was made entirely with beef, popularly known as the “meat garment.”

It is estimated that a woman will invest $ 1,250,000 in clothing, throughout her life, buying: 3,000 garments, 300 pairs of shoes, 185 dresses, and 145 bags.
In the 1860s, ready-made dresses were extremely baggy and women often got stuck in door frames.

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World Dress Day: history and curiosities – Notife