The skirt’s story

The skirt’s story

The Skirt is a mixed dress that knew how to go through history without ever going out of style. Clothed at the hips or waist, it covers all or part of the bottom of the body without division for each leg. According to the cultures, the skirt is preferentially worn either by men or by women what is nowadays most common. It is since 1672 that the garment is considered almost exclusively feminine. Romans and Greeks wore dresses similar to skirts such as tunic and toga for men or peplos and chiton for women. The skirts also intermingle with the Egyptians, draped around the hips they are designed in linen, ideally adapting to the fluctuating climate. In the Middle Ages, the tunic continues to be worn. At the end of the Middle Ages the nobles abandoned the short tunic for longer garments. Men’s and women’s clothing were then very similar. However, the feminine skirt should not allow the feet to be glimpsed. In the 14th century the women kept long dresses. During the nineteenth century, the skirt, narrow enough starting to grow and reached a spectacular size in the 1860s with the crinoline skirt. During the 1910s, the feminine skirt began for the first time in centuries to shrink and its size varied greatly in the following decades. The Twenties see the disappearance of the corset. In sports, the short skirt made its big comeback: the French woman Suzanne Lenglen abandoned the usual tennis suit she still wore on the occasion of the Summer Olympics of 1920 for a dress signed Jean Patou from 1921. It was then figure skating, at the 1928 Olympic Winter Games in St. Moritz, where the Norwegian Sonja Henie presented for the first time in a short skirt, and thanks to her audacious movements and freed from the wearing of the long skirt Made a sensation. It was in London in the 60’s that the mini-skirt that revolutionized fashion revealed the legs of women. In 1984, there is a clothing revolution, by Jean Paul Gaultier, men are seen wearing skirts on the catwalk and

fashion is announced unisex.




Nina Al Mussawy




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