Author

Lauren Topor

Date Approved

11-25-2008

Date Posted

1-21-2010

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Technology Studies

Committee Member

Subhas Ghosh, Ph.D., FTI, Chair

Committee Member

Muralidharan Nair, Interim Assc Academic Dean

Committee Member

Valentina Dimitrieski, M.A.

Abstract

Women’s outerwear evolves and recreates new fashions based on new materials and historical influences. Whenever the United States goes to war, military styles emerge. However, the outerwear category of women’s apparel has not been thoroughly researched in regard to military influences. Regardless of people’s opinion of war, the influences in the clothing are very apparent. As a result, this study examines outerwear styles during the past two World Wars and the two Gulf war styles.

Since the beginning of World War I, fashion has been influenced by military uniforms. America’s participation in the war affected the designs, fabrics, and colors of the current fashion trends. In every subsequent period of war, fashion styles reappeared in similar forms and silhouettes. The purpose of this study is to help develop a framework for predicting the trends in war times. For instance, citizens have integrated symbols into their dress so as to display their attitudes toward current events.

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