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Why Did We Focus on Women?

For most of North Carolina’s history women’s clothing has experienced more exaggerated changes in shape and style than men’s clothing. Wealthy women usually lead fashion changes, with working women adapting those new looks—usually with less expensive fabrics and designs that allow for easier movement.

Until the mid-1900s, each historical moment tended to have one easily-identified main “look.” Today, many different silhouettes are often popular at once.


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