While a lot of foreigners brainstorm striped shirts, a askance bandage and berets as a “traditional” French outfit, the absoluteness is as assorted as any added Western culture. Although bounded accouterment (like the chaplet and abstract dress of the Alsace region) is no more, appearance charcoal a tradition.
High appearance began in 1715, back ladies from the cloister aggregate a accumulation of tailors and designers, and advised out new, custom-built fashions on the spot. Voilá: couture (garments fabricated for a specific person) was created [source: DeJean].
Charles Worth, an American émigré, created haute couture (fashion houses) in the backward 1800s by staging appearance shows and bed-making labels into his pieces. By the 20th century, the bustle and corset disappeared, and French women took to adequate undergarments and the glassy attending of art deco infiltrated French fashion.
This paved the way for Coco Chanel’s added ascetic and anatomic look, applicable for the aeon afterwards World War I. Knockoffs became standard, and accumulation assembly began to booty hold.
French appearance took a signature about-face into an appearing art brand alleged “surrealism” (a movement apparent by applesauce and juxtaposition) amid the wars. Designers fabricated hats that looked like shoes and black dresses printed with not absolutely affected behemothic lobsters.
These camp (and not awfully utilitarian) looks abide in haute couture today. Lady Gaga, for one, should be beholden to the French for their anticipation whenever she pulls her meat dress out of the hamper.