The dress and its evolution (part I)


Dress, denomination that refers to that garment that the human being uses to cover his body. The term also refers to that single loose or tight piece worn by women.

This garment so appreciated, currently by the woman of yesterday, today and why not, always, has had an interesting evolution that has not only been subject to femininity but also to masculinity.

And this is what the art historian and specialist in the history of fashion, James Laver, referred to: “The division of clothing based on sex is not confirmed, the Greeks and Romans wore tunics or what is same, skirts.”



The dress (referring to the feminine term as the only piece) is one of the oldest garments in the world, its realization dates back to prehistory when primitive men used the skin of the animals they hunted, in order to cover themselves from the cold.

In this aspect, in order for the skin of animals to be effective, primitive men molded it in an efficient way.

“The bark of certain trees, especially oak and willow, contains tannic acid that is obtained by a process of macerating the bark in water, immersing the skin in this solution for a long time. The leathers, thanks to the bath, are definitely made flexible and waterproof. These ready-made skins could be cut and shaped; thus reaching one of the great technological advances in the history of mankind.”

Wrote James Laver, in his book “A Brief History of Suit and Fashion.”



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Not only primitive man is concerned with one-piece clothing more than 4,000 years ago … then, the men and women of ancient Greece wore a chiton, it was the name given to a tunic … James, specialist in the history of the fashion, he said: “The men’s came to the knees and the women’s to the ankles. However, men also sometimes used a long chiton. The chitón was fastened at the shoulders by means of pins or brooches and was generally tied at the waist with a belt or cord.”

This type of clothing, used by Greek women and men, ultimately seals the dress as the original garment and therefore the most predominant in the history of fashion on the planet.

The entrepreneurship of many designers towards new styles of dresses for today’s women, is thanks to the study that, consequently, inspires them to create and bring to the present similar designs that date back centuries of our ancestors.

The phrase by an unknown author but, repeated by many: “History allows us to understand our present”, leads us to assess and respond to the why and for what of the garments that we consciously select when dressing.