The history of the jumpsuit

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Our busy and fast-paced lifestyle dictates the need for speed in almost everything – even dressing. The jumpsuit is a garment that effortlessly meets the goal of both speed and ease. It is ideal for a woman’s multifaceted lifestyle because it is stylish, easy to wear, and versatile. 

Yes, you can’t deny that jumpsuits are stylish and fashionable, but have you thought about how they came into existence? At JULIETTE C, our signature piece is the iconic jumpsuit, so let’s take a walk down the annals of fashion history to discover how it came into existence and went on to become a popular wardrobe essential. 

The first jumpsuit was designed in 1919 for parachutists jumping out of planes. The jumpsuit was also adopted by pilots and professional divers in their own fields of work. As a result, the term ‘jumpsuit’ was invented. By the late 1930s, the jumpsuit was established in the fashion realm by Elsa Schiaparelli, an Italian fashion designer. Schiaparelli designed a collection which included a women’s jumpsuit cut from green silk, and presenting large front pockets. While they created a distinct buzz, they were not worn by many. 

The most influential person spotted wearing a jumpsuit was Rosie the Riveter, an allegorical cultural icon during WWII. Jumpsuits became trendy in the 1960s and 1970s and were worn by both men and women. During the day, people donned the sportswear jumpsuit style and chose leather one-pieces or embellished designs by night. Several fashion designers such as Yves Saint-Laurent and Norma Kamali also reinterpreted the jumpsuit. Thereafter, Irene Galitzine designed her luxurious yet comfortable palazzo pyjamas that gained popularity among the crowd. Many liked the jumpsuit for its flowing cuts, characteristic of a dress, which allowed ease of movement. 

Besides the jumpsuit gaining traction in the fashion dimension, the music world also followed through. Elvis Presley began performing in a white jumpsuit. Soon after, other musicians started donning jumpsuits too! 

With the rising popularity of jumpsuits, American fashion designer, Geoffrey Beene, labelled it as ‘the ballgown of the next century’. By the 1980s, jumpsuits were designed like the power suits of the day with vibrant colours and embellishments commanding their look. This made a statement outfit. 

The beloved jumpsuit fell out of style in early 2000, but in 2002, Nicolas Ghesquière, who was the designer for Balenciaga at that time, ventured into fabrics and patterns, showcasing a modern ensemble of the jumpsuit. The jumpsuit has earned its name for its effortless style. 

Compared to the jumpsuits in the 1980s, modern jumpsuits are much more toned-down. From Stella McCartney to Marc Jacobs, almost every designer has sent at least one down the runway. The modern jumpsuit has gone from being a fashion statement to becoming a fashion staple. 

At JULIETTE C, the iconic jumpsuit was born out of the desire to find the perfect professional and versatile, elegant yet easy-to-wear outfit. Now, our effortlessly chic collection of stylish yet comfortable jumpsuits for women is elegant, conscious, flattering, and very pleasant to wear. 

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