This first gown was first noted in the fashionable times within the transitional period of the year 1780. This time, hoops are becoming less famous because daily dresses with hip pads are getting into its way; even if court gowns and gowns still are worn over magnificent petticoats with hoops. In this same time period, the world came up with the now popular again gown, popular at that time by the name Chemise la Reine and Robe la Reine. There are some individuals who say it has an English origin but it was Vigee le Brun’s picture of Marie Antoinette which popularized this kind of fashion and rendered it the name most people refer to it today.
The ‘chemise’ word is, in reality, a French terminology referring to ‘shirts’. In some other language translations like Portuguese and Spanish, this is called camisa, while in the Italian translation this is camicia. Its origins could be tracked from early tunica that is the Roman version for Greek toga. This became very famous during the middle ages of Europe. This kind of clothing is loose and is tailored up until the skin only, either without sleeves or with sleeves. During this time, women wore gowns underneath robes and dresses.
Women, in the old times, sew their own chemises in their homes out of pieces of cut clothes which are both triangular and rectangular in shape. The poor ones would make their own chemises using the rough kind of cloths but the people who are wealthy allow some experts to make some for them out of silky, fine, thin, and flowy linen cloth.
When the 20th century came, chemises went out of fashion because panties, girdles, brassieres, and full slips came out into the market. However, gowns regained their popularity when vintage fashion came in once again. The gowns worn today do not resemble those that came in the previous centuries. Most of today’s gowns are more provocative and delicate in appearance. They are considered a kind of lingerie in the present. Nowadays, they are commonly used as sleeping clothes, negligee, and undergarment.
Men, on the other hand, have their own version of chemises too. Men’s chemises in the past are what the society calls now as T-shirts. Still, men use T-shirts as a form of undergarment underneath a long sleeves or polo shirt. Also, it has been said that men’s chemises are now smock-frocks. This form of clothing achieved a popular status in the 20th century and was utilized by almost all English laborers. The word smock, until today, is utilized to refer to combat jackets of the UK military forces.