The history of the skirt is rooted in antiquity, when people did not distinguish between male and female clothes and wore a loincloth, which only can be called skirts. They served not for beauty, but rather for protection.
If we accept as a skirt outfit that begins at the waist and goes down to a certain length, that women have long been treated at all without it. For example, in ancient Greece and Rome skirts was not at all.
I believe that the word “skirt” is derived from the same word as “coat”, namely from the Arabic name of woolen tunic sleeveless “Juba” .
Very short skirt and her details were “speaking element of the closet and could can tell a lot about its owner, carrying a certain meaning. For example, in the 16th century, the Church announced that the train is a symbol of the devil acts and persecuted ladies who dared to wear a skirt with a train. So not every girl dared to go out in a skirt “cursed” cut. And a few centuries later, the train became very popular, and his wearing (by the way, gives a lot of inconvenience) is not only not forbidden, but was welcomed.
In the 17th century skirts were very popular. The number of simultaneously worn on the lady could reach up to 12 pieces!
In the 18th century, created a special metal frames for skirts. Such beauty involuntarily uttered when walking rustle, and the ladies were forbidden to come to the Church in that outfit. Daring to disobey waited a public disgrace in the form of a withdrawal skirts and publicly burning. At the same time acceptable was Flirty to show the tip of the lower skirt, and she began to weave beautiful fabrics and covered with lace.
In the 19th century, the frame became linen, interwoven with horsehair, and later the wire was called such skirts with crinolines. In the late 19th century length skirt slightly shortened, and sewed a beautiful colored petticoats. To make the figure more seductivity under her skirt from behind laid a special cushion, “bustle”. The top skirt is richly decorated with folds of cloth, ribbons.
In the 20th century style of skirt is simplified, it becomes self-belt product. Soon skirts appear narrow at the ankles, not at the same time this model gained popularity, which is understandable – to move in such attire was extremely uncomfortable. And yet, and this style took its place in the wardrobe of fashionistas.
Before the first world war ladies wear skirts with slits that show the charm of women’s legs. Naturally, this freedom is not relished by the guardians of morality. For example, in the United States were forbidden to wear skirts length exceeding 15 cm from the toe.
Not done in the history of skirts and without the famous Coco Chanel. The trendsetter tried to shorten their skirts, offering up to the middle of the knees. But women have gone further, and length kept going up and up until there was the mini skirt. Brought into fashion this is a wonderful innovation in the 60-ies of Mary Quant, for which he received the highest award, the order of the British Empire. Soon fashion turns back to the wonderful mini and returned to the traditional Maxi, and with it the classical style in clothes. But the dominance Maxi was short and came back mini. In our country, the fashion short skirts reached its peak in the 90-E.
From the German language the word “skirt” came in Polish and in Russian. The predecessor of skirts in Russia was “poneva”. In fact, it’s the same skirt, only her floors were not sewed and sipahimalani on the principle of vests. This poneva could be monochromatic or multi-colored. But the poneva was worn only by married women. Before the birth of first child this outfit was ornate and could weigh up to five kilograms. Girls wore tunics tied with aprons.
In a Russian village itself skirt appeared only in the 19th century, before that wore sundresses simple cut. Interestingly, at the feasts of the girls wore a few skirts to appear thicker, which was considered an indicator of beauty. In the cold was put on the bottom a warm quilted skirt. Festive skirt was made from red, blue calico, and everyday of the canvas. For the length of the skirt strictly followed skirts girls opened their feet and married women reached the toe. The quantity and quality of the skirts was a measure of wealth. In the Kuban, for example, by the don Cossack could be up to 15-20 skirts. Each relied jacket.
In light of the Russian society after the reforms of Peter the Great fashion reflected the European. From this time on, Russian fashion clothing goes hand in hand with European that is stored in our days.
Capricious fashion changed form, splendor, style skirts, but always she was paid a lot of attention. There is no doubt that this beauty is forever settled in the wardrobe of beautiful women!