Clothing- evolution of suit


evolution of suit

By: N. George

Worth Noting:

  • Flax is the oldest fibre and was obtained from the inner bark of the flax plant. Flax is also grown as an ornamental plant in gardens; its seeds are edible and can also be used as an ingredient in many wood-finishing products
  • An Englishman George Bryan “Beau” BrummellJune 07, 1778–March 30, 1840 set the fashion in men’s clothes. He was an extremely well-dressed person; with a variety of elaborate arrangements of mirrors, he was greatly concern by fit that his coat, waistcoat and breeches were made by different tailors, Before Brummel the fashion was greatly influenced by French courts
  • During 1950’s the suits were big consisting of wide coats and pleated pants. In 1970’s suits the coats had big lapels and pants had flare cut. By year 2000 the suits were slim fit with most of them being black in colour
Evolution of the Men’s Suit

Clothing refers to items or garment of textiles or fabric, animal skin or thin sheets worn on body. They are also called apparel or attire.

Early humans covered their bodies with figs and twigs

Due to extreme cold winter and hot summers humans started covering themselves with animal skin and fibres from plant stems

Flax is the oldest fibre and was obtained from the inner bark of the flax plant. Flax is also grown as an ornamental plant in gardens; its seeds are edible and can also be used as an ingredient in many wood-finishing products

Flax fibre is turned into fabric through spinning and weaving

Wool was rolled, beaten, pressed into a compact mass of even consistency to make felt

Later on man started cultivation of cotton and it was worn as a drape.Thereafter came the invention of needles .Well tailored and embroidered clothes signified high social status

There after came the invention of ginnery which hasten clothes manufacturing process. In 1700 power loom and sewing machine in 1800

A suit is a set of outer clothes made of the same fabric and designed to be worn together, consisting of a jacket and trousers or a jacket and skirt.It is derived from French term suivre which means to follow so the jacket follows the pants or the pants follow the jacket similarly the skirt follows jacket or the jacket follows the skirt.

An Englishman George Bryan “Beau” BrummellJune 07, 1778–March 30, 1840 set the fashion in men’s clothes. He was an extremely well-dressed person; with a variety of elaborate arrangements of mirrors, he was greatly concern by fit that his coat, waistcoat and breeches were made by different tailors, Before Brummel the fashion was greatly influenced by French courts

Around 1850 in Scotland lounge suits were developed for casual outdoor occasions.Their fabric was heavy and the suit was worn with a necktie. It was for the posh and a Sunday best-item for the working class

During the Victorian and Edwardian era 1837-1910 there was emergence of frock coat which is a single vented at back black coloured formal man’s coat either single or double-breasted and a knee length skirt cut all around the base just above the knee

These lounge suits were made of dark and brown colours materials for them to camouflage the dirt conditions in Europe during that era

In 1920’s there was development of roaring suits which consisted of wide jackets and slim trousers

In 1930’s blade cut/London cut or drape suits were developed which was a British variation of three-piece suit. The athletic cut was more comfortable and less fitted to allow for movement, the shoulders were wide, waist was slim and pants was high waist

During 1950’s the suits were big consisting of wide coats and pleated pants. In 1970’s suits the coats had big lapels and pants had flare cut. By year 2000 the suits were slim fit with most of them being black in colour

Nowadays there are different types of suits and different people select according to their tastes.

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