Fashion Timeline

Two centuries of fashion featuring the collection of the Kent State University Museum.

Robe à la française

Developed in the French court, the robe à la française was the most formal clothing for women during the 18th century.

Art Deco

Paris hosted the 1925 Exposition des Arts Decoratifs which showcased a new artistic sensibility that emphasized a sleek machine-age aesthetic. This style came to be known as "Art Deco" in reference to this exhibition.

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby" captured the decadence and spirit of the 1920s.


In 1935, Wallace Carothers developed a synthetic polymer for DuPont that became known as nylon. Its first commercial use was for toothbrush bristles but within a few years nylon became synonymous with women's stockings.

Network Television

While the technology for televisions developed incrementally over the first decades of the twentieth century, they did not make their way into most American homes until after World War II. One of the critical developments was the introduction of regular television programming, which can be said to have occurred in the United States by 1948.

Hitler invades Poland

In September of 1939, Hitler's army invaded Poland. In response, the Britain and France declared war on Germany, thus beginning World War II.

Pearl Harbor

On December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor leading he United States to enter World War II.

Air Conditioning

In 1932, the Carrier Engineering Corportation made the world's first self-contained air conditioning unit for the home using freon as the refrigerant.

Toile de Jouy

Oberkampf establishes factory for copperplate printing in Jouy-en-Josas near Paris.

Napoleon's Egyptian Campaign

The French military exploits in Egypt lead to a vogue for Egyptian motifs and oriental designs. This exoticism includes turbans and paisley shawls.

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