Clothing Technology: Time Line
A simple time line is helpful to understand the developments in clothing manufacture over time as well a the modern developments in children's clothing.
Pre-history: Primitive humans used animmal skins and furs as early clothing.
3000 B.C.: Cotton is woven in the Indus Valley, Asia.
1600 B.C.: Shoes (like moccasins) are made by the Babylonians.
1500 B.C.: Silk is woven by the Chinese, but is kept as closely held secret.
1200 B.C.: Linen is made from flax by the Egyptians.
1100 B.C.: Assyrian soldiers fashion the first boots. One of the many examples of the milyary influence in clothing.
200 A.D. : Romans are the first to make different shoes for left and right feet.
1200 A.D.: Buttons are first used in Europe.
1580 A.D.: Pockets are sewn in men's trousers in Europe.
1823 A.D.: Waterproof cloth is invented by Mackintosh, a Scotsman.
1849 A.D.: The safety pin is invented by Walter Hunt, an American. Amelia Blooer begins to wear "bloomers" and campaign for more rational dress.
About 1850: Queen Victoria and Prince Albert begin dressing the royal princes in sailor suits and kilts.
1851 A.D.: The home sewing machine is patented by Isaac Singer in America.
1873 A.D.: Jeans are made by Levi Straus, a Germant immigrant in America. In Vrance, educational officials begin to require that children wear smocks to school.
1885: Frances Hodgsen Burnett publishes Little Lord Fauntleroy igniting the Fauntleroy craze for boys clothing.
1893: The zipper, first used to fasten shoes, is patented by the American Whitcomb Jackson.
1906: Lord Baden Powell choses short pants and kneesocks for the Boy Scout uniform.
1910: Asian pajamas replace nightshirts in Europe.
1914-18: World War I causes belingerent countries to ration clothing and to issue regulations requiring more practical styles.
1917 : Keds produces the tennis shoe which becomes a main-stay for American boys.
1927: Synthetic fibers are made by combining coal and petroleum.
1930: American women wear trousers for golf and horseback riding.
1935: Polyurethane is developed and used for stretch cloth.
1939-45: World War II causes belingerent countries to again ration clothing and to issue regulations requiring more practical styles.
1940: Nylon stockings are sold in America, but the War soons divert production for military purposes such as a silk replacement in parachutes.
1942: Polyester fabric is developed in America, but World War II pevents immediate mass marketing.
1960: The Beatles become popular and begin to change boys' hair style fashions
1963: John F. Kennedy Jr's bangs and shortalls become a popular fashion.
1957: Velcro is patented by George de Mestral of Switzerland.
1970: The growing popularity of basketball and soccer combine to make tube socks and short pants increasingly popular with American boys.
1975: Calvin Klein begins the "designer" jeans era.
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Ceated: June 17, 2001
Last updated: June 17, 2001