In the last two centuries, fashion has seen tremendous growth. Fashion has evolved tremendously over the past two centuries. It is now a globally competitive business that makes and sells clothes.
Let’s look back at the origins of all these innovations and then look forward to future developments in fashion manufacturing.
A new innovation: The sewing machine
Until the middle of the nineteenth century, clothing was made by people individually for each person. The advent of mass production was only possible because of the invention of the sewing machine in 1846 by Elias Howe. Howe initially doubted that he could make a sewing machine that accurately replicates complicated human movements. He was determined to reduce the manual work involved in sewing, which led to the lock stitch technique. Howe’s sewing machine was capable of out-sewing five people when it first came on the market. Talk about efficiency!
Mass Garment Manufacturing Around the World
Mass production was used first to make military uniforms in Europe, prior to the modern age of fashion.
It is important to remember that workers felt threatened even after the Industrial Revolution. They feared that new machinery would replace their jobs. The sewing machine was the most innovative innovation of the period. However, automation was slow. Individuals relied heavily upon handmade clothing that was tailored specifically to their needs until high-end fashion became a mainstream part of society.
The 20th century saw the rise of creativity and mass-produced ready-to-wear apparel. This increased demand for new styles each season. This led to the creation of factories and workshops, as well as the labor laws and the working condition safety regulations. We saw standard sizing of apparel in the middle of the 20th century. This reduced the need to alter and fit prior. In order to lower manufacturing costs, there was a shift in focus on simplifying clothing styles.
What Fashion Manufacturing Looks like Today & Tomorrow
Fashion manufacturing has advanced a lot since the days of a single needle and thread. The development of cheaper materials allowed independent clothing manufacturers to make apparel at lower costs. Clothing has become less durable and thinner over time, which has forced consumers to purchase more often. Today, 40% is made from polyester. This metric will continue to rise in the future. Due to the inter-industry competition in textile and labor sourcing, companies were able to meet high demand with a smaller budget.
Many fashion brands are content to launch new designs that match the season’s trends, but others produce new designs every week, which strains their suppliers and fabric sourcing partners. We see fashion brands using more technological tools to reduce strain and streamline the garment-making process, such as artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation.
Although there is still much to be done in the fashion industry, it is clear that we are on the right track. Things are easier now than ever because we live in an interconnected world. Technology has made it easier to communicate with people around the world. Media focus has also helped to spark the movement toward more sustainable fabrics. We will see designers and brands producing high-quality products using smart tech and emphasizing social and ecological awareness at all stages of the product’s lifecycle. We are excited to see the fashion industry adapt to today’s challenges and continue to grow.
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