Hello fellow humans!
In this round, I'm looking at textiles of the time period I'm focussing on, as well as touching on what the textile industry is like today. I'm looking at colours, patterns, and materials that make certain looks so popular. Here are my findings.
Instead of mentioning denim in every category, I made a category for denim itself. If you've been following my research in the past, you may notice that I bring up denim a lot. Denim is never going away! The reason it's lasted so long and why so many people choose to wear it, is because it can go with so many things, it can be cheap depending on where you buy it, and it's a sturdy material. (1)
In this decade, bright patterns and prints were very common. There were also a lot of relaxed designs and shapes, in other words, clothes had funky designs on them, but they weren't too crazy. (2) In this era people became more environmentally conscious in comparison to earlier years, so styles had a flowy, relaxed, natural style in mind, continuing on the hippie look of the late 60s. And with a hippie influence in mind, many people liked to wear earth tones, like brown, green, cream, and pale yellow. (Fun fact: the first earth day was in 1974!) (3) Another popular material in this era was suede, especially for men, because it could be worn with many clothing items, like denim. (2) Polyester was also common, especially for pants. (3) Crochet, lace, tassels, fringe, and beads were used for details in clothes. (2)
The fabrics of the 1980s were very bold and colourful. Some fabrics had a three-dimensional look to them, by adding pleats or certain print to them. They included very graphic styles with shapes and pictures. (4)
In this era, colours became darker and more neutral. Some common materials included leather, which came back in the late 2000s. As well, there was a huge rise in the consumption of cotton, used for graphic tees and other shirts. Women were drawn to cashmere sweaters also, because of the soft texture. Velvet was used to create formal jackets and blazers, and women often wore nylon tights to go with dresses or shorts. Wool and knit were popular, as well as flannel/plaid patterns for casual shirts. (5)
Modern textile industry: I won't be doing a ton of research on this part of it, but I felt it was important to address. Obviously, today's textile industry has way more new technologies and machinery doing the work than human hands. “Among other innovations, textile engineers are developing high-tech fibers that are used as substrates in biomedical applications, as well as materials that aid in energy conservation and pollution control.” (6)
That's all for this time! In my next round, I am looking at pop culture influences in this era of fashion, and I hope to tie my love of writing into this somehow by looking at how items worn by film and television characters affect what people wear. Feel free to leave suggestions!