No doubt that over the past centuries the fashion industry has evolved, flourished, became competitive, and turned out to be a massive billions of dollars global enterprise. People belonging to every age group and gender get attracted towards it. The high demand for consumer goods in various price ranges has widened its scope further. Let’s try to find out where it all started from and where it is going. As the advancement of fashion manufacturing goods seems to be increasing more and more.
Around 4000 BS, weaving of the clothes came into existence. The origin of it is believed to be in the Middle East. Some also say that it was before that in Neolithic Age, then during Middle Ages, mostly rich ones, and especially Europeans who could afford to get employment to other people, brought forward the concept 9of seamstresses and tailers.
Until the mid-nineteenth century, handmade clothes were stitched by people for themselves, mostly. Excepts the royals, riches, and nobles. For them, hand-stitched clothes were tailor made individually, and specifically.
In 1804, a sewing machine was invented by two Englishmen, Thomas Stone and James henerson. Another machine for embroidery was built by john Duncan of Scotland. Another Austrain tailor also started developing his sewing machine in 1807 and he made his first one in 1814. Then, in 1846, Elias Howe invented the sewing machine. It introduced the world to a new era of mass production of machine-stitched clothes over a period of time.
Elias Howe was an American inventor. His biggest creation was the lockstitch sewing machine. At that time it was a great help for people because most of the families used to make clothes for themselves. The concept of stitched clothes retail was not present at that time.
Howe was determined to find a way to bring ease to people, decrease manual sewing work time, and he did it by inventing the lockstitch technique used in lockstitch sewing machines. When his sewing machine hit the market, it was efficient enough to handle as much alone, work as five humans were required to do manually.
In modern times, sewing machines have improved tremendously and they have become self-operating as well as electric. Now, instead of manually moving the needle up and down with the help of a sewing machine wheel, with the help of a foot and pedal, machines run with installed motors and electrically.
Now we see massive production of all kinds of stitched, ready-to-wear clothes, from minimal to maximum price range offered to people by individuals, brands and through garment factories mass productions. Not only for fashion, or home use clothes, now mass production is helping out to stitch clothes as uniforms from military to schools as well.
However, in this modern world many individuals go for hand-made clothes, in the form of tailored clothes made for them and pay huge prices for it too. These special hand-stitched clothes have now become the up-end costly fashion trend, status symbol, and a major part of the fashion industry.
No doubt that the fashion industry has come a long way. From the journey of needle and thread to all these new innovative techniques in stitching, embroidery, and hand-made, tailor made clothes. All kinds of fabrics are now available in the market from the most priced one to average costly.
Overtime, clothing has become thinner and less durable, because of which consumers are driven to buy more and more clothes to cater to their needs. At present 40 % of clothes have polyester fabric in it. It is likely that this ratio will increase in the future.
The textile industry now does not only rely on their internal source of material, but they take stitching material from all around the world. Wherever the raw material is less costly, and the cost of labor is less, the textile industry moves to expand their horizons and to bring more budget-friendly options for buyers.
However, fashion brands are stretching their space, too, by bringing in more innovative techniques to design clothes for customers. The use of artificial intelligence, automation, robotics along with very delicate, sophisticated, stylish hand work is on the rise.
So it’s evident that not only at present, but the fashion industry will rock in the coming years. It’s exciting to know that there is no end of innovative designers, and techniques in the modern fashion trend which emerge one after another, and clothing, keeping in view the evolving customer taste and niche.