Video series show how fashion has changed over the years

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Could you imagine going your whole life without seeing your own reflection properly? Or wear a corset every day, even when you work outside in the summer? It is sometimes hard to imagine that this was the reality for many people centuries ago. In a series titled To dress… by Crows Eye Productions, the clothing processes of people from different eras are revealed. The era ranges from 7th century Britain to Renaissance Florence to evening wear in the 1920s.

Most of the videos in the series are around three to four minutes long and focus on those who had a higher social status. Some are about historical figures such as Mary Shelley, Jane Austen and Queen Victoria, while others share a glimpse of what maids and working women wore. Although the series is mainly about women’s clothing, the series also touches on topics such as the clothing of British soldiers and how Prince Albert dressed. With so many topics covered in To dress…There are guaranteed to be a few videos that every viewer will find interesting.

Each video contains information not only about the pieces of clothing needed to complete the chosen outfit, but also about historical information that explains the reasoning behind those pieces of clothing. For example, Dressing in the 1920s – Evening wear, details that due to shorter hemlines, shoes were now important components of an outfit. Because shoes were actually visible, they were often colorful and decorative. This era also brought dancing, parties and alcohol to the fore, so shoes had to be flatter and more practical. Dresses from this era had the iconic low waist of the 1920s, androgynous shapes, and many were adorned with intricate, geometric shapes. As the video explains, this was due to major discoveries of Egyptian tombs and the Art Deco movement.

To dress… is a very popular series for the all-female production company founded by Nicole Loven. The Crows Eye Productions team describes they created the series to “bring history alive through beautifully crafted videos with historically accurate costumes and locations,” and viewers seem to agree.

One fan comments: “This was so beautifully shot. (Not that I’m surprised). I love that you don’t just list the items you’re wearing, but actually explain about the fabrics and social status that influenced the clothes. And obviously that you also talk about [jewelry], the shoes, the underwear. The attention to detail is so spot on in all of these videos.” Many fans of the channel not only thank the filmmakers for making the videos, but also ask them to cover other topics in the future, such as ancient Egypt and Vikings.

There is no doubt that these videos are interesting to watch, but they are also very informative. As one fan says, “Fashion is a direct result of what’s going on around you. Learning about historical fashion gives you insight into what’s going on in that time period.”

See all To dress… in chronological order on this YouTube playlist, and catch up on all Crows Eye Productions videos here.

A series titled Getting Dressed in… reveals the dressing processes of people who lived in different eras, such as 7th century Britain, Renaissance Florence and the 1920s.

Created by Crows Eye Productions, the series aims to “bring history alive through beautifully crafted videos with historically accurate costumes and locations.”

Viewers love the detail that goes into each video, as well as the additional historical context that is included to describe why certain choices were made, such as cloth type and location.

While many videos focus on those who had a higher social status, some videos describe the clothing styles of domestic servants and working women.

All videos are available to watch in chronological order on YouTube.

Crows Eye Productions: YouTube | Website
h/t: [Open Culture]

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