Tuesday, 12 May 2015

A illustrated paper for 19th century dress class


In the 19th century, people wore clothes depending on the occasion under consideration. Different circumstances dictated the manner in which people were supposed to shape their mode of wearing their attires. For instance, there were those attires that were supposed to be worn by the people who were going out to a war. Further, there was those type of clothes that were worn by those people who were going out for a ceremonial purpose (Krohn 2011). Kings and queens along with other leaders were supposed to wear a particular form of clothes that were to symbolize their position in the society. Moreover, women and men had distinct types of fabrics as well as the young boys and girls. In view of this, this paper seeks to discuss the nature of dressing that were worn in the 19th century. The class of people who wore them along with their age among many other factors will also be other factors that will be discussed.

Firstly, kings and queens as well as other leaders wore clothes that could symbolize their position in the community. Fundamentally, the nature of textiles that were worn by the people of this caliber were not shared among the other people as they simplified the position of leadership. For that reason, if one was not a leader, he or she was not supposed to wear the nature of clothes that were designated to be worn by the officially established leaders (Phyllis and Keith 2010). As such, the other people were supposed to wear the nature of attires that were different from those of their leaders for the purpose of illustrating respect to their prevailing leaders. One would be perceived to have gone contrary to the provisions of the community if he or she wore the nature of attires that were set aside for their administrators. Consequently, everyone was made aware of the leadership attires for the kings and the queens so that every other person could avoid being caught wearing the same nature of attire. People were allowed to be creative on the nature of the dress that they manufacture though they were not supposed to craft the ones that were similar to those of the administrators. It was unlike the current world where there are no clothes for certain people in the society. Presently, people have the freedom to wear the nature of the costumes that presidents can wear since the world has gone through a form of evolution. In this regard, it is useful to the current world unlike the past era since people have the freedom of choice that is guaranteed constitutionally all over the world.

Secondly, people's design of wearing clothes could be dictated by the occasion under consideration. For instance, in events like marriage, people would wear clothes that had direct bearing on marriage. Costumes that could reflect the nature of the occasion under consideration is that issue of concern that many people were focused to attain (Cunnington 2013). In effect, this could be defined by the people who were concerned with organizing the event of discussion. In this case, the event is marriage whereby a committee that comprised of people who were well conversant with the occasion could be called to define the nature of the clothes that could be worn by the people who were involved in the marriage. In this perspective, it encompasses the people who were the constituents of the marriage along with their followers who participated in the event to witness the exchange of the vows between two people who were involved in the marriage. It is the nature of the clothes that were worn that could dictate the nature of the event that was taking place. People at a distance could foretell that a marriage was taking place by assessment of the outfits that were worn by the participants. They were of a definite type that one could get their actual identity even before enquiring about the nature of the event that was taking place. It was this way since many ordinary people were mostly called to design the nature of these clothes whenever an occasion of this nature was about to take place.

As the world came to evolve, people started having different types of clothing that could yet be dictated by the occasion that they were made to serve (Bernstein 2014). Accordingly, they were more improved compared to the initial models since newer methods of crafting attires were discovered. It is through exploration that new methods of cloth making were found which implied that outfits were made more perfect to suit the occasion of interest. Furthermore, machines that could aid the process of making the costumes were integrated into the process making the process more efficient than in the initial era. Materials that had never been used in the making of these clothes were incorporated in the experimental set-ups, and some proved to be suitable materials in the manufacture of clothes. As a result, it made the process of making clothes smooth and efficient. The current world enjoys a variety of materials that have their origin in the 19th century.


Bernstein, Aline. Masterpieces of Women's Costume of the 18th and 19th Centuries. London: Courier Corporation, 2014.

Cunnington, Willett. English Women's Clothing in the Nineteenth Century: A Comprehensive Guide with 1,117 Illustrations. London: Courier Corporation, 2013.

Krohn, Katherine. Calico Dresses and Buffalo Robes: American West Fashions from the 184s to the 189s. New York: Twenty-First Century Books, 2011.

Phyllis, G Tortora, and Eubank Keith. Survey of Historic Costume. New York: A&C Black, 2010.

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