Skirts and the female empowerment

The Midi Length and Long Achievement


It is difficult to say that a trend in fashion is completely extinct. Most (or I would say all) go through a cycle of being under the highlights and temporarily hidden in the backstage. The brightest thing about an item of clothing that is back to the runway is that it brings to the present moment the history, the fights and glories behind the fabrics.
Regarding all these words, I have the pleasure to present what is “the brightest” behind the midi-skirt. This comfortable and feminine bottom which nowadays we can easily find in different formats, styles and even fabrics, brings itself an important event in history: it carries the responsibility of marking when white women started taking place at men’s work, as their husbands were in the front line of the II World War.

Pictures : Pinterest

We understand there are many differences between the empowerment process of the white and the black women, in this case here we are taking the European, 20 century woman as a reference.

Although they entered into the business world very timidly, only in the back of the factories, we had that unique, tragic but, in the same time, lovely moment that created the opportunity to show the world that it is possible for women to have the guts to make money, build a house, a family, and a life even without a husband, as many of them lost their lives in the war. Since the first time women rolled up their sleeves, the world opened many doors and windows never visible before.
To combine with this extremely important event in history, we needed an element that translated elegance and sensuality into comfort and practicality. In that case, what better than a fluid skirt?
Before the midi-skirt, women used to wear long and heavy skirts and dresses, garments that made simple movements such as walking and sitting very difficult. Noticing the need for agility in that new routine, Coco Chanel made the midi length skirts an important trend in that period. The simple and innovative idea of cutting the long skirt (which touched the ground) gave them not only speed but also let them breathe a little, putting confidence in the place of the pressure of always being immaculate in long clothes.

Figure 2 Image from Farol da Bahia

After the war, the economy was not stable, so clothes were not an essential item in the “to buy” list. Then, Christian Dior created his biggest piece of art, the entitled “New Look”, featuring rounded shoulders, a cinched waist, and a very full midi-skirt. The stupendous insight of cutting 10 cm of the skirt (even for the ones who did not work) saved an amount of money that made it possible for women to buy new clothes.


Figure 3 Image from Art and Culture – The New Look

Both Channel and Dior were essential in the creation of this skirt, which were initially made to make life easier, lighter and fluid, but are until the present moment an elegant, comfy and fashionable garment.

Figure 4 Image from Pinterest

For now on, all the time you wear a midi-skirt remember you are wearing comfort, but mainly the powerful liberty of being integrated in the working field, choosing to be who you want to be.

Lumi Hemmi
Training Coord, Fashion Lover, Concretism Poetry Writer and Dreamer.

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