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It’s FRIDAY FASHION FACT! Today we are going back to basics. Fashion
History 101, if you will. We’re talking about dress codes! The origins
of dress codes date back nearly as far as the first civilizations. The
vast majority of fashion trends throughout history have been triggered
by dress codes. It is a concept that exists in effectively every culture
across the globe, and has existed in some form consistently through
nearly the whole of human history. In modern society,
we associate dress codes with social situations. Different events
require different dress. Casual wear, work wear, date wear, formal wear-
all require different styles of dress. It is how we physically project
the importance of the occasion, and the mood we wish to evoke. Yet the
precursors of dress codes were born not to fit into a social situation,
but rather to distinguish one’s social standing.
before photos of celebrities, athletes, and politicians were plastered
on every wall and screen we face, before sketches of society’s elite
were printed in the papers, there were few ways for the common person to
identify who was (for lack of a better term) important. Often the
distinction was made purely out of opportunity, such as the wealthy
being decked out in gold and jewels. Other times, orders were put in
place, such as members of the ancient Roman Senate wearing a distinct
shade of purple. These early “uniforms” were clear indicators of those
in positions which demanded respect. The earliest examples of select
members of society wearing distinguishing dress is in the case of
religious leaders. This is still commonly the case in today’s world-
just look at monks, priests, or even the Pope.
enforce the distinction, laws were created to enforce dress codes.
Known as sumptuary laws, these regulations were intended to ensure that
only certain people were allowed to wear certain things, such as
specific colors or materials. (It is important to note that sumptuary
laws applied to luxuries beyond clothing, too, but hey, this is a
fashion blog!) While originally aimed at distinguishing religious
figures, sumptuary laws quickly spread to royalty and nobility,
highlighting them as the most elite members of society. Today, sumptuary
laws are most commonly associated with the European Middle Ages,
however they have existed at many times and places throughout history.
In many instances, it is nearly impossible to tell how well these laws
were actually enforced. The penalty for wearing regulated garments was
often just a fine. It is very likely that those wealthy enough to afford
the clothing of nobility in the first place would simply pay the fine
in an attempt to appear high status. That is, of course, if they were
even forced to pay in the first place. Of course, depending on
circumstances, these laws may have been extremely strictly enforced. Few
records survive to shed light on the truth.
society and technology evolved, it became increasingly difficult to
regulate dress. An increasing number of those not born to nobility could
afford to dress as though they were of the elite class, while myriad
inventions meant that once expensive items suddenly became far more
affordable. Yet the idea of “dressing to impress” remained. When
attending a ball, opera, or other event where one was meant to see and
be seen, people would wear their finest attire. And, just like in modern
times, when going about everyday business, less impressive clothing was
acceptable. While modern society pushes the leniency of dress codes to
an unprecedented extent, it seems a safe bet that this centuries old
concept is here to stay.
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