Costume (women's clothing)

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Blue costume. Around 1990s until now

In women's fashion, a costume is a coordinated combination of jacket and skirt . These clothes, created in England, were a major innovation in the second half of the 19th century and relatively quickly became part of the wardrobe of many working women. In the period after the First World War , the costume jacket came closer and closer to the male model; at the same time, trousers and skirts became increasingly important. Even today, the costume is part of day or leisure wear and is worn as so-called business clothing in business life.

See also


  • Erika Thiel: History of the Costume. European fashion from the beginning to the present. 1960; 8th, supplemented and updated edition. Henschel-Verlag, Berlin 2004, ISBN 3-89487-260-8 , p. 363 and more often.