The all-in-one garment went from utilitarian necessity to glamorous fashion staple. Read on to learn more about this genderless beauty of a garment!
A jumpsuit is a slim-fitting, one-piece garment that covers the arms and legs. It was originally created in 1919 as a functional garment for parachuters to, yes, jump from planes in. The boiler suit/overall/coverall is looser fitting and more utilitarian. Worn by men who maintained coal-fire burners, the male boiler suit was first adopted by female munitions workers during the Second World War, when a more form-fitting suit with bloomer-like legs was designed to better fit women’s bodies. Dungarees were invented by Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis in the 1890s. (Source)
American pilot Charles August Lindbergh with his wife, 1932. (Getty Images)
A fashion model wearing black flare trousers crepe jumpsuit by Yves Saint Laurent, Paris, France, 19th August 1968. (Getty Images)
Singer and actress Cher poses for a Fashion Session in a Bob Mackie Creation on April 9, 1978 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)
Winston Churchill was also frequently spotted in a onesie during wartimes referred to as a siren suit or romper suit, which was meant to be thrown on over clothes at an alarm’s notice — perfect for transitioning from the bar to the bomb shelter. The former British prime minister famously wore one variation made of green velvet, though others included design elements like pinstripes. (Source)
In the words of sustainability consultant Alice Wilby: “A jumpsuit provides a freedom of movement not associated with any other item of clothing [and] the connotations of female empowerment, autonomy over our lives, careers and bodies, paired with an enduring love of utility style is a powerful one,” she continues. “In an era when women have never been so objectified and scrutinised, donning a jumpsuit is a sartorial two fingers up at the patriarchy. It’s an empowering piece of kit.”
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