His3813 - Nelson - Nineteenth Century Dress

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Clothing can give us a lot of information about any given period in history. We can easily monitor changes, fads and trends through looking at the way people dressed. The nineteenth century is of particular interest when it comes to clothing styles as it is the period where fashion and style became primarily a female concern. It is also the period where clothing styles changed most rapidly. As males became increasingly standardized in their attire, females became increasingly decorative and were seen as a way to display family wealth and social status. The more extravagant and luxurious the material and accessories, the wealthier the family was. As mass production increased, the demand for unique and expensive clothing increased also.