What was your biggest success ?
My biggest success in this quarter for ELA was writing my research paper. When I wrote this, I would spend a lot of time just rereading and retyping a phrase. I found that using formal language isn’t as hard when you have a thesaurus open. I had my friends check on my writing to see if it was alright, and if it wasn’t then I would revise it.
Biggest difficulty ?
During the process I was writing my essay, the part that I got stuck on the most was the Conclusion. It took me around 5 hours to write it, 3 hours spent looking at a blank space – result of typing and retyping thesis, and 2 hours reading and revising. When I was writing down my conclusion, I closed the tab a few times thinking, “I can just do it tomorrow.” However, the reason I didn’t leave it for another day was because I had peer editing on the class that day, so I had to get it finished.
What would be done differently ?
For this paper ? I’m guessing nothing, because if I had anything to do differently. I would have done it earlier at the beginning of the process. I’m very happy with my research paper right now just the way it is.
Research Paper Essay :
What are the significant decades of the american women clothing evolution through the 20th century?
Fashion is the style of the clothing we wear, it affects us all. From long gowns with long sleeves showing nothing except the face and hands, to short skirts up to the thigh with sleeveless tops. The 20th century, a hundred years that caused fashion to change rapidly. The American fashion developed more throughout the 20th century because of the significant decades affecting it. Some of the decades such as the 1920s, which were the first to invent the short hemlines, the 40s, where women coped with the strict laws because of the war, and the 60s where experimental fashion boomed, all helped American fashion reach a higher level.
Following World War I, the 1920s was a joyous time celebrating the war being over and the maturity of young women. During the war, women had many serious duties to help in the war effort, such as ambulance drivers, factory workers, nurses, etc. They had practical roles that made men respect them more in the future (Fashion). “As they moved into the 1920s, there was a sort of joyousness of the war being over, and that was coupled with these young women who really had come of age in these new freedoms, this new autonomy of having a little money for themselves the first time and new ideas about modern life emerging, and really moving forward with those ideas (Fashion).” The new freedom inspired a new type of clothing, made with lighter fabric, and shorter hemlines up to the knee (Glamourdaze). The new fashion trend in the 1920s was when women started to step into the modern era. Stripping off the restricting rules and corsets, and wearing more comfortable clothing that allowed more freedom in movements (Yelland). The new idea of clothing also represented the change in the youth. The minority of the 20s didn’t dress like the older generation, and didn’t listen to music of the older generation. Instead they embraced their youth, had fun, and enjoyed life (Yelland).
Many aspects of the 1940s were affected by World War II (September 1, 1939 – September 2, 1945), from the laws to the jobs to the culture was affected by the war (World). This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing since the US was struck with the Great Depression (1929 – 1939) just before entering the war (Great). The war gave people jobs, everybody had a part in the war. Children would gather materials to be used in the army, men would be fighting on the battlefield, women had a variety of occupations back home since the men had to go into battle (Amanda). Women became the factory workers helping to produce products, they worked in the army as secretaries/office workers(Amanda). They filled in for jobs to support their nation and support their family. “Clothing in the 1940s was all about wanting to feel strong and ‘in control’ in a period of fear and uncertainty, yet fitted waistline and tapered skirts kept things looking feminine. Clothing ration naturally slimmed the silhouette, and elaborate hair and ‘statement hats’ balanced the broad shoulders (Amanda).” Contrasting to the belief that fashion during war times didn’t exist. The 1940s was a decade flourishing with fashion, even though it was difficult to cope with. The strict rationing laws made it difficult to dress, so the government invented ‘Utility Clothing’. These designs were made to be fashionable yet a dear to the laws (Amanda).
The sudden growth of TV ownership and the massive boom in the entertainment business had a major impact on the fashion industry. TV promoted advertisement, movies, tv shows, talk shows, and etc. In all of these types of production, fashion plays a big part and would advertise the fashion industry as well. Fashion cues in shows and commercial caused more people to chase after trends in the 1960s (People). In the 60s, the style idea was similar to the 20s. Fashion trends were focused on the idea of ‘return to youth’. The style featured oversized collars, bows, bold pop art pattern, and shapeless mini dresses miniaturizing women making them look smaller and more youthful. Opposite to the 50s look of matured women, with emphasized curves and sophisticated clothing. The 60s trend was to make women look younger and more innocent (Sessions).
The 20th century affected our modern style remarkably. Without the short skirts from the 1920s, without the 1940s simple but efficient style, without the 1960s fun and lively look, there wouldn’t be the fashion in the 21st century we know today. Simply because, the style is a combination of all the trends from the years before. If it weren’t for those decades that produce clothing different from the centuries prior to it, we would be wearing very different clothings today. Furthermore, the decades also initiated various characteristics that women portrays using fashion, examples include: the fun and independent woman of the 20s, the 40s with responsible and efficient women, and the 60s with women who were youthful and innocent. The modern woman image of the 21st century is a combination of these personality traits.