The Dawn of Pajamas
Sometime around 1920s everything was changing rapidly in
the world of lingerie. For the first time machine-made underwear
became a lot more affordable price-wise while still being
made out of the same fine and luxury fabrics as the high-end
During the thirties, fitness became fashionable and under
the pressure from the hungry-for-change customers, manufacturers
finally started producing smaller, lighter and foremost -
At the same time new fabrics (nylon and elastane) were introduced
and they were a perfect match for the rising era of new -
fitted underclothes. Women wanted more flexible foundations
and all the basics were transforming into their lightest form
Sleepwear was changing as well. Made out of transparent fabrics,
with round or V necks, night-gowns became narrower and more
revealing. Fashionable Oriental kimonos had richly quilted
cuffs and collars while dressing jackets were hip-level long
but short-lived as the new star (pajama) took over the stage.
'For years women have surreptitiously been stealing men's
stuff... pyjamas are now by far the smartest form of negligee.'
Pajamas were made out of all kinds of fancy fabrics (satin,
cretonne, velvet, crepe, lame etc.) in bright colors as well
as pinks and flesh tones; some even stayed true to their Persian
origins in coloring, print and metallic thread embroidery.
Probably the most unusual fact from this era when traveling
was very fashionable is that couture houses (couture = dressmaking,
sewing or needlework) of the time were making the complete
bed-sets (sheets, cushions, sheets, coverlets and even sleeping
bags) to match lingerie sets. In one of its issues from that
time period Vogue stated, 'The smart woman travels with lovely
lingerie and amusing pyjamas in her train.'
That, of course, was just the beginning of the PJ's popularity.
At first they only replaced the nightgowns since they were
so much more comfortable and easy to care for. But soon after
that the form of pajama was used for lounging, beachwear,
evening wear and sportswear.
Today, PJ is just as popular as it was when first introduced
decades ago. We have the bigger variety of materials available
than ever before, more solid colors and prints than ever before,
décor is only limited with the imagination of the designers,
but the form remains - timeless.
About the Author:
Daria Perse is a founder of BestLingerieSecrets.com webpage.
With years of experiences in underwear manufacturing and selling
business she is a rich source of information regarding all
kinds of undergarments. Discover 10 tips that every woman
must know when it comes to choosing, wearing and sharing for
lingerie at: http://www.BestLingerieSecrets.com
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