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Fashion as a Mirror of History

Would you believe that the annual amount the world spends on fashion equates to roughly $1,200, 000, 000, 000?

That might sound like a sizable amount but when taken into account how many people there are in the world, and how many clothing brands there are, a trillion dollars sounds reasonable.

Fashion has always mirrored historical values, tastes, and attitudes that even some art historians use fashion to accurately date paintings.

Western fashion in particular traces its roots back to the 1350s when tunic style garments evolved into the tailored tops similar to today’s style of men’s shirts.

Before the industrial revolution however, clothing was made to order, custom sewn and tailored to the individual that the very pursuit of building one’s wardrobe signified a person’s status in society.

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Fast forward to present day and the same thing can be said for sharp dressed men and women clad from head to toe in designer clothes, the main difference being that everything these days is almost always mass produced by machine, not hand.

Fashion: The Mirror of History – an infographic, depicts a cultural mirror of fashion in the 1350s, 1400s to 1600s, while tracing its roots all the way through the late 19th century when publications like Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue magazines first went to press.

Putting the numbers into further perspective, check out the Top 5 Fashion Brands Worldwide located at the bottom of the graphic to get a better idea where money is spent.

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