Throughout the 20th century, America has witnessed a myriad of changes within our culture and social norms, including music, literature, television and fashion. While the importance fashion plays on everyday life could be considered minute to some, each and every one of us wakes up in the morning and decides what to wear in one way or another. Our closets are filled with different articles of clothing, which regardless of how highly we value them or whether or not we consider fashion to play any part in our identity, they do speak to today’s cultural norms, as well as communicate an unconscious message to others.
Like most facets of pop-culture, fashion is in an almost constant state of motion and evolution, while also having the ability to influence American culture and society, and can even play a part in the psychology of the country as a whole. While this statement may seem far-fetched to some, certain clothing styles do tend to influence different states of mind. For instance, the overall shift of women’s fashion in the mid-1900’s from wearing dresses to more casual pants and trousers also coincided with the women’s suffrage movement and has thus changed the state of women’s casual-wear as we know it today.
The Fashion Institute of Technology – Here you will find a beautifully visual timeline of fashion history.
Victoria and Albert Museum – The world’s leading museum of art and design provides a detailed history of fashion from 1900-1970.
Clothing in the 1900’s – The University of Vermont provides further information and accurate depictions of women’s apparel in the 1900’s.
Fashion in the Early 20th Century – The RISD Museum offers a look into early 1900’s fashion through their A. & L. Tirocchi Dressmakers Project.
The History of Sports Fashion: Tennis Uniforms – Allure magazine provides a closer look at the evolution of fashion within tennis throughout the 1900’s.
American Historama – Here you’ll find an in-depth article on women’s fashion in the 1920’s.
The People History – Learn more about 1950’s fashion for men and women, including pictures.
Evergreen College: 1950’s Fashion – Evergreen College provides a deeper look at the changes in fashion from the late 1940’s to the 1950’s, as well as some of the most popular designers and icons of the time including Christian Dior, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe.
Fashion History: 1950-1959 – The Fashion Institute of Technology details the women’s and menswear of the 1950’s decade.
Harpers Bazaar– Harpers Bazaar magazine lists the most influential female designers from the 19th, 20th and 21st century.
Love Happens Magazine – Love Happens Magazine features the top 50 fashion designers of all time, including Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein and Caroline Herrera.
Vogue Magazine – Vogue Magazine offers a look back in time at the 25 most unforgettable runway shows of the 90’s.
Rolling Stone Magazine – Rolling Stone Magazine re-visits 1990’s fashion and the golden age of hiphop.
The BBC: What Did People Wear? – The BBC takes a close look at the 1900’s and breaks down the clothing people wore to church, as well as women’s, men’s and children’s attire.
The London College of Contemporary Arts – The London College of Contemporary Arts describes the evolution of fashion throughout each decade of the 1900’s.
The North Carolina Museum of History – The North Carolina Museum of History exhibit: The Shape of Fashion, provides an interesting visual take on women’s fashion in the 1900’s.
Time Magazine – Time Magazine takes a closer look at the influences behind the question, why and when did Americans begin to dress so casually?
Slice – Here, Slice provides the most influential fashion trends from each decade.
An Introduction to 60’s Fashion – Learn more about 1960’s fashion through the Victoria and Albert Museum’s stunning visual exhibition.