The Evolution of the Skirt and its History



The history of the skirt has ancient origins: it has its roots in the Mesopotamian civilization of 5000 B.C. in which, as well as for the ancient Egyptians, it was a very simple and unisex garment, used to cover and shelter from the cold.

On the contrary, in the period of the ancient Greeks and Romans the skirt was considered a symbol of power, especially for its luxury and its lengt


The skirt was the emblem of the evolution of the costumes:

In 1500 it became the female leader par excellence, identifying the social classes of belonging and becoming the symbol of social status, while in 1800 it increases its volume and appears the crinoline, a structure that made the skirts very swollen.

It was in 1900 that the real revolution of the garment began, resulting from the new need of women to wear simpler and more comfortable clothes. In fact, the twentieth century is characterized by feminist movements of women’s emancipation, marking for this garment an unprecedented evolution. In the middle of the century, Coco Chanel shortened it to the knee and proposed the suit, still an iconic garment of the female wardrobe. Finally, in 1960 the miniskirt was established, with which women want to nurture their identity in a purely male-dominated society. In this context, Twiggy becomes the symbol of the young avant-garde who oppose the idea of the woman in a cast, forced into a pantsuit and in the role of mother and wife only to please men.

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