Regarding the commencement and progression of the fashion industry, the world’s first known designer, Charles Frederick Worth, advised women on what to wear from 1825 to 1905.

Dressmaking, up to that point, was a household activity, despite the development of a basic sewing machine in 1672, which aimed to replace the use of bone needles after 20,000 years! A basic magazine, “The Mercure Galant,” was published, likely a forerunner to modern magazines.

In early Neanderthal days, around 12,000 years ago, genuine fur became increasingly popular from animals such as bears, elk, bison, and sloths.

Later, Egyptian royalty was draped in leopard, tiger, and other exotic skins. From the fashion centers of London, Paris, and Milan, customers were lured to dress exotically with the horrific killing of animals, creating items such as fur capes, coats, and anything labeled as “Haute coiffure.”

Synthetic, known as fake fur, was created from polyester and other acrylic fibers, a startling revelation to anti-cruelty organizations. However, if the “genuine” product was scrutinized, parting the fur would reveal the animal skin underneath.

In the post-war era, Coco Chanel can be credited with creating relaxed, sporty, yet chic brands.

Fast forward to what can only be termed a complete turnabout in fashion: one British girl, Lesley Hornby, from a plain middle-class family, mesmerized the industry. Later known as “Twiggy,” she created startling, relaxed fashions, popularizing the mini skirt, capri trousers, and simple geometric dresses called shifts.

Around this time, the full bathing suit began to lose popularity or was modified to reveal more flesh for those reluctant to step into a bikini.

Presently, in 2024, the “country club look” has emerged with wider relaxed trousers, raffia included in bags and shoes, simple long-sleeved shirts, and a preference for anything of quality.

In closing, the Punjabi, Sari, and other cultural garments remain charming, while the African clothing industry continues to expand with vibrant colors and traditional designs often created from natural materials like cotton, hemp, and silk, aiding the anti-animal cruelty movement.