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Between four and a half decades womens fashion has experienced different social changes and cultural trends Different events and factors that occurred throughout these years influenced many of these changes Fashions for women were influenced by social economic and political forces The first decade of the century between 1900-1910 was known as the Belle Epoque the beautiful age and was a time of great excitement Fashionable ladies gracefully glided through these years in chiffon and lace The look of the time was to have a small-hand span waist shelf-like bosom and large hips For every occasion there was a different outfit This was due to etiquette so fashionable people changed clothes many times a day There were garments for morning afternoon and evenings The 20th century opened with the tightly-laced corset which was considered a permanent basic requirement in achieving a fashionable figure to exaggerate every curve of the female form for the fashionable S shape The extreme styles fitted the hips tightly and started to flare out from the thighs to ruffle widely and trail out on the ground to complete the fashionable S shape In the evenings necklines were low to show off the bosoms however skirts were long and full and often had trains During the day the body was covered from head to toe The overall effect was women looked puffed out like pigeons The second decade of the 20th century was dominated by the horror of World War 1 which went from 1914-1918 People from all walks of life worked side-by side with the result that attitudes and opinions changed forever By 1914 straighter flatter corsets designed to narrow the hips rather than shape the bust and waist were back The fashions in this year were very soft and feminine and after the horrors of World War I some men thought women had never looked so lovely Very girlish dresses with wider fuller skirts short enough to show the ankles
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