By Dominique Clay-Brown, Mollie Colon and Jocelyn Land
What was fashion like before technology?
Well, Circles knows…
Before the industrial revolution clothing was not a fashion
statement. Everything had to be handmade which made new
clothing expensive so most people only had two pair of clothes and
they rarely ever got them new. Clothing would be handed down or
reused and made into different items so people had to learn to sew
at a very early age. For most people clothing was very functional.
It was not meant to impress or even be comfortable. Pants and
long skirts were made out of heavy fabrics to protect people from
the elements. Even the aprons women wore served more of a
purpose than to keep their clothing clean. They used the oversized
garments to carry vegetables, wood, and other items. The hats
they wore weren’t for showing everyone who their favorite team
was but for protecting their faces from the sun.