April 8, 2011 > February 27, 2012
From court dress to underwear, in days gone by all clothes were handmade. In 1850, the commercialisation of the sewing machine made the lives of tailors and dressmakers easier, before entering the home. Handmade clothes did not altogether disappear, but adapted the constraints of each successive age. After the Second World War, ready-to-wear clothing began to flourish while women increasingly went out to work, and gradually abandoning their needlework. Today, however, as a reaction to mass production, often at the expense of quality, members of the thirty-something generation are once again making clothes and accessories. Some of them even share their craftsmanship and skills via blogs, forums and websites.