Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Jumpsuit a versatile garment came into existence in 1913 as the Lee-Union-All, created by the H.D. Lee Mercantile Company later it was adopted as WWI women’s factory uniform created in 1918. Eventually several couture and ready to wear pieces has been created by designers. Worn by farmers, skydivers, mechanics, iconic musicians, olympic destined world-record breaking swimmers, soldiers it has become theorized garment of the future. The jumpsuit maintains a fluid indistinctness of purpose and place right from it’s advent in 20th century to till today. One-piece construction and easy-off center front zipper of jumpsuit generates its useful practicality and also enhances the sex appeal.

 ‘Rosie the Riveter,'

During 1930' women wore jumpsuit at beach to impress people.

The width of the bottom of leg was also played with in this decade and was adopted as sports wear.
Cover of Vogue 1937 shows the kind of jump-suit affair that was also popular

Jumpsuit was adopted by Hollywood actresses as fashion item. Designers experimented with some new fabrics like velvet.

1940’s Edith Phillips of Hollywood Jumpsuit in black velvet
1940s jumpsuit, worn by women working in the factories
Jumpsuits could be short or long during 1940's                


1960’s was a time when the Jump Suit was a popular style for women as it became more acceptable for them to wear pants.

Elvis Presley's a music icon wore the jumpsuits for his performances. Recently this peacock jumpsuit sold at auction for $300,000-. During 1960’s-70 the peacock motifs were very popular and Elvis paid $10,000 for this outfit designed for him in the early 1970's by Los Angeles designer Bill Belew.

Jumpsuit with jacket in 1987 pattern by simplicity

Tribal batik print jumpsuit Lable: We Be Bop 1990

Jumpsuits’ has made regular re-appearances in both mass market and high fashion as a trendy wardrobe supplemental item. Here are some recent styles of jumpsuits by some current designers.
First Left - Wallis Spring Summer 09, Navy halter jumpsuit .
Second Left - Marks & Spencer Spring Summer 2009.  Black Portfolio Jumpsuit. This is spectacular and figure enhancing jumpsuit.
Centre Right - Dorothy Perkins SS 09, Mink satin jumpsuit with cuffed ankles.
Near Right - Dorothy Perkins Spring Summer 09. Charcoal shoulder-drape jumpsuit.

Kim Kardashian in a sexy sleeveless jumpsuit

From L to R: Emmanuelle Chriqui (in Stella McCartney), Rihanna (in Sonia Rykiel), Gwyneth Paltrow (in Stella McCartney)

Today designers are revisitin the traditional style of jumsuits and we can see variety and next incarnation
with wide or narrow leg bottom, with or without straps, with jackets, harem pant style, off shoulders and so on.

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