Since the inception of factories, knitting has not been a popular hobby for anyone. Factories mass produce clothes, creating standardized woolen styles for women.
Before factories came along women would engage in peer to peer lending out to buy a sewing machine. Nowadays they use these to go on shopping sprees. Magazines like Your Family petered out and the advent of Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire had been born.
These magazines fuel consumer’s need to engage in retail therapy and peer to peer lending in Australia. This first thing a woman will do when she opens a magazine is go to the fashion pages to see what the latest clothing trend is.
This fashion industry thrives on the change of seasons each year and makes a profit from the consumer’s externally stimulated need to change.
Had the era of owning a sewing machine at home still been around, the designer’s profession would be defunct and Paris would not be a capital of the world. It would be famous rather for its cuisine than its designer-wear.
Fashion in Europe is said to have started in the middle of the fourteenth century. It saw a change in the man’s overcoat that had reached down to the calf but was shortened to a length that reached just above the bottom of the buttocks. What went together with this look had been to create a bigger chest by filling it up with material.
This created a trend in women’s fashion in the next century, where women would especially adorn themselves by creating complex hair styles.
Some designers today use knitting as a primary source if their creations. In the sixth season of the Heidi Klum presented Project Runway, Gordana Gelhausen used knitting as a signature to her design style.
Where knitting provided warm clothing for the entire family in centuries before, the fashion industry vacuumed that task out of the home and handed it over to professionals. This had taken away from the personal touch that a mother would pass on to the members of her household. It did, however, create more space for housewives to focus on other household tasks.
In creating this vacuum in the home, it took women out of their comfort zones, and most likely redirected their purposes from providing for the members of their family, to the outside world. They were put into factories to make clothes for the whole community.
The need for money outweighed the need to run a home effectively, and, in this manner, the feminist – in the way that people understand this word today – was born.