Chemises have come a long way since those cotton chemise undergarments that were all the rage beginning as early as the tenth century. So, what is a cotton chemise. The Italian founded undergarment that was pattened after the Roman tunic formerly known as a shift, served as a smock (another of it's commonly used names) many multilayered garments, especially the fancy ones that would repel at the thought of body secreations, like oil and sweat. In fact, the cotton chemise was a popular barrier for women who wore corsets in the later centuries.
Chemises were very easy to make, in fact, they still are, and during the period in which ownership of the cotton chemise was in full bloom, women of the house made the garmets right in their own living rooms. Men wore them too, but over time the male cotton chemise turned into a little item called the shirt. The Middle Ages saw the decline in popularity of the cotton chemise in the European countries were they had become a phenomenon, but the Western world remained fascinated by the protective garment barrier until the world ushered in the twentieth century. The revolutionary invention of things like the brassiere, girdles, full slips, and panties diminished the need for the cotton chemise. But boy was there a lot to choose from while they lived.
Types of Chemises
There were several types of chemises made of cotton available from tenth century beyond. And a quick Google search will put you in contact with some online companies that are still selling the more conventional chemises today. The style of the chemise depended largely on what region it originated in.
The Basic Chemise: The basic chemise had a drawstring sort of neckline and the sleeves stood out thanks to the drawstring cuffs that stopped at the wrist or elbow.
The German Chemise: Think of your favorite local bar that serves German drafts, the German cotton chemise is in the same league with the attire of a waitress in an old-fashioned barhouse. This chemise is characterized by a ruffled drawstring neckline and the signature drawstring sleeves for which the chemise is so popular-and they're ruffled to match.
The Irish Chemise: The Irish chemise is also called a "leine." The neckline is pretty plain here, but they make up for it with outstanding long, adjustable sleeves that could be tied with ribbon. Irish chemise sleeves could be up to fifty inches long.
Other types of early model chemises include the Normandy chemise, the French chemise, the Italian chemise, and the Dutch chemise,
The Chemise In Today's World
The male cotton chemise became the modern day shirt, and so did it's feminine counterpart. The peasant top that were so popular in the nineteen seventies, eighties and again in the early two thousands are a modern variation on the old cotton chemise. The resemblance in the sleeve area is striking.
The sexy chemise, often founded scattered on the shelves of lingerie shops in every nook and cranny of the world, has a number of sensual and saucy variations.Things are steaming up over at Frederick's of Hollywood. And with good reason, Frederick's is one of the leading lingerie and sexy bedroom accessory retailers on the globe and they've claimed their fame through a lot of marketing and sprucing up the romance in a many a dull marriage. With lacey underwear lines like Seduction By Fredericks, Ultra Seductive and Daring, Frederick's Wall of Fame, and even a Bridal Collection, Frederick's of Hollywood is following suit with pop idol Justin Timberlake and bringing sexy back. And the sexy chemise is helping them do it.