Fashion history, on the surface, is like glancing through time when each era was marked with a different style that reflected life during that time. When closely examined, fashion history can link us to the history of women more closely than we think. Fashion history relates more to women than men, because women have always had the desire to be fashionable, beautiful, and stylish.
When reflecting on fashion history and even certain designers, who made their mark on the world, we can see glimpses into the lives of women from every era. From the early dressmakers who so carefully hand stitched and embellished their garments to the everyday housewife who had to wash, card, pull and twist their own wool thread in order to sew garments to clothe their family in, we can see how women have always been linked to fashion.
If fashion history were studied carefully, we would see that European influence has always been present in clothing design. Even when garments were transformed out of necessity from one thing to another, women have been as equal an influence on clothing as cultural origination. Today, we are free to choose our styles from a selection of clothing designs and fabrics that are as widely varied as all of time without regard to social of political influences. We have resources that women a hundred years ago didn't have and we only mend or sew for pleasure, not for necessity.
If fashion history shows that women ever had a freedom of expression through their garments, it is never so evident as it is today. Sure, we still want stylish, easy to care for garments that are quality in construction, but we are limited now only by our budget and sense of self. Who knows what developments may take place in the future of fashion, but it is evident that it's a woman's.