You probably have a finely developed sense of what’s fashionable and what isn’t. Your granny’s fashion sense is no less keen than yours, it just happens to date from another era. But has fashion always been around?
Fashion Victims. It’s likely that the first people to wear clothes mainly cared about keeping warm, this was especially crucial during the Ice Age. Later on, clothing became important as a way of showing class, status, wealth and occupation as well as keeping warm and covered up.
Until the 20th century, most people didn’t have very much choice about what they could wear, clothes weren’t mass-produced, so most things had to be handmade and, unless you were really rich, that was probably your job or your mum’s. But if you did happen to be dead posh, the clothing you wore was a way of telling everyone about it. And that’s how fashion began.
In some societies, the upper classes were worried about people who were rich but not properly posh: if they looked upper class because they wore expensive clothes, who was to tell they weren’t? So ‘sumptuary laws’ were made to stop ordinary people with spare cash from wearing certain fashions!
There were laws like this in ancient Rome and medieval England. Today, however, most people don’t care whether you’re posh or not, or even how much money you have. So it’s possible to be common and broke and still be fashionable. Hooray!
Big-bottomed beauty: One of the strangest fashions ever must be the bustle. It was popular with ladies in Victorian England from the mid to late 1800s, and consisted of a special framework designed to make bottoms stick out more.
Build up a fashion portfolio with photos or drawings of your favorite outfits (and, if you dare, some of the worst ones too!). Good posh or bad posh?