“The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.”
– George Bernard Shaw
The quest for strategically accentuating or hiding body shape is continuous. It is influenced by availability of Materials and also the available Technology (methods) of garment constructing (making). Methods of garment construction and characteristics of available material influence each other. New materials and methods are being invented or discovered continuously. Sometimes an existing material (man-made fibers) inspires a new method (formed fabrics). Sometimes a new method (3D printing) inspires use of a new material.
The human body throws up a of lot challenges to the garment maker. A piece of clothing is expected to perform like a second skin, stretch, contract, twist or turn without losing its structure.
Through the ages, the basics of covering or revealing the body have remained the same. We use a 2D material to cover a 3D structure that is agile and supple.