After visiting the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, I was completely inspired to blog about the clothing worn during the world wars. After some reading, I thought it would be intriguing to demonstrate how these garments trickled down through history to now become what we call in today's society a fashion trend.
As we know, during war times, uniforms were a weapon for survival. Soldiers needed to protect themselves in order to maximize their performance out on the battlefield. Therefore, uniforms had to be resilient to weather, battle and also had to be perfect for camouflaging purposes.
Let's start with the combat boot, which has gone through a lot of editing during the world wars. Every style of combat boot varies by country because of different weather conditions. Before the combat boot, soldiers were wearing service shoes with canvas leggings which provided no ankle support, this was a huge problem that led to many injuries.
A major issue was water getting into the soldiers' shoes which caused Trench Foot. This is a painful condition of the feet caused by long immersion in cold water or mud and marked by blackening and death of surface tissue. Walking became difficult and could lead to gangrene which would result in amputation in most cases.
The combat boot was modified many times during the wars, they varied in length to prevent water from going inside. Other modifications were made to provide better ankle support.
Along with the evolution of the world, the combat boot became a trend, especially with the goth, punk and grunge movement. The Doc Martens brand would be the primary example of this look utilized as a fashion expression, you can find a wide variety of "Docs" available in so many colors and prints. It's amazing!
There are so many stylish combat boots out there, adorned with buckles or studs, also available at your desired height of heel and in your choice of color. See below as an example:
This is the evolved flight suit which is now a fashion trend known as a jumpsuit.
This military inspired jumpsuit look dates back to world war flight suits worn in the cockpit. These uniforms were padded, made of leather and fur since planes were not heated and temperatures in altitude were known to be deadly.
Some of these suits were even electrically heated to keep bomber crews and pilots warm. With the advance of technology, less padding and bulkiness was needed, therefore the jumpsuit became very thin in fabrication.
Here is an example of a flight suit worn at the beginning of the world war era, it is bulky and heavy to keep pilots warm in high altitude.
For military purpose, the winter field dress is padded and easier to move around in, it is also least likely to snag on things. Today, this is worn as a spring or winter jacket. Fashion is still functional, however the garment is now seen from a marketable fashion perspective.
We must commemorate the makers behind war time garments, those were the true "hero designers", women designed to protect the soldiers that served and protected our country. This post is a reminder to the truthful backstory and sacrifice behind fashion in today's society. Luckily, we can now wear these "looks" because we want to and not because we have to.
LEST WE FORGET.
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