Written by Lauren Benet Stephenson and photographed by Richard Breven, check out this history of a New York manufacturing institution — via Zady
Prior to the Garment District’s beginnings in the late-1800s, Americans were self-sufficient clothing-makers. Generally speaking, a household made its own outfits, and only the ostentatiously wealthy relied on skilled tailors for clothes.
On the cultural front, women’s fashion had evolved, and followed a newly instituted cycle of seasons with ever-changing styles. Garment District showrooms proudly boasted fashions copied from the European runways, which changed every six months. By 1910 an estimated 70 percent of the clothing worn by U.S. women originated in the Garment District.
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