National History Museum

Women’s Fashion through the Decades

Woman’s fashion, like most art forms, has undergoneradical changes and growth throughout the twentieth century.Because fashion has always been key in how women present and express themselves to the world, it can be viewed in order to understand the customs and norms of a particular era or culture.

In celebration of Woman’s Month, the National Museum has compiled an exhibition on the development of Woman’s fashion during the twentieth century. The exhibition, which will run until November 2017, covers most major developments in popular fashion and displays fashion items from the National Museum’s comprehensive historic collection.It shows the progression fromthe early 20th century, with itsmodest and constricting corsets, hoops, and innumerable petticoats that covered, compressed, and physically modified women's figures, to clothing thathad a more natural, comfortable and self-expressive quality.