Technology and Fashion
ABSTRACT Dress in the modern world is made from a wide variety of materials. Generally, the components of dress are created and assembled by some technological process. The development of and advances in technologies used to produce fashionable dress products, however, are rarely viewed as factors related to fashion change. By exploring selected examples that originate from the time of the Industrial Revolution up to the twenty-first century, technological innovations in materials and techniques used to produce dress can be examined in relation to the fashion changes that they created or influenced. Such diverse areas as footwear, headwear, eyeglasses, jewelry, hairstyling, cosmetics, and elements and styles of men’s and women’s dress, ranging from undergarments to swimwear, all reflect a connection between technology and new fashions.
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