Chemise set

In the late 19th century, feminist ideas changed women’s fashion, both outerwear and underwear. Rigid bodices and full skirts were abandoned in favour of shorter, narrower dresses. Underwear evolved, too, from loose chemises and pantaloons to “combination” undergarments that reduced bulkiness and better suited the streamlined women’s fashion of the 20th century.


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    Chemise set

    Europe: Western Europe, France

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  • Chemise set

    Chemise set

    Europe, Western Europe, France

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    Chemise

    Europe: Northern Europe, Scandinavia, Denmark

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Why do you think underwear is often white?

responded: Mar 31, 2010

Posted by Irene Yancheva

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Because the white signifies beauty and health – it’s real cotton and the cotton is white. Also, white underwear is part of a long tradition in Europe. After the Renaissance, white underwear became a classic style and could be combined with any kind of dress overtop.

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