Literally a suit for jumping! Thayat, A Florentine artist and designer created the first ever jumpsuit in 1919 as a practical piece of clothing worn by parachuters and sky divers, as well as race car drivers and aviators. The design may have been simple, but the jumpsuit proved revolutionary and liberating. Pilot Charles Lindbergh completed the world’s first solo transatlantic flight wearing one and Neil Armstrong landed on the moon in his. The sky is the limit, quite literally again.
With simplicity and ease being the key design elements in fashion right now, the quicker we can get dressed, while still looking and feeling good, the better. This is accomplished in wearing the jumpsuit. The jumpsuit has become a perfect fit with a woman’s busy lifestyle: it is chic, uncomplicated and can be worn for almost any occasion.
The history of the jumpsuit is a little more complex than the garment itself. Prior to the 80’s, the jumpsuit’s early roots were not exactly born of glamour. The origins can be found in sport and work wear. Quite literally, it began as an outfit for parachuters and skydivers. After which pilots and professional drivers adopted the garment for their own lines of work, thus it became synonymous not only with work, but with extremely dangerous work.
Not exactly chic, eh?
Elsa Schiaparelli first put the jumpsuit on the fashion map in the 30’s. This revolutionary designer and rival to Coco Chanel shook up the Paris couture scene with her innovative and daring designs. She even created an easy-on, easy-off air-raid suit, complete with matching gas mask, velvet turban and flask. Who said fashion can’t be practical?
FILMSTARS AND FACTORY WORKERS
Katharine Hepburn gave the jumpsuit a touch of Hollywood glamour when she wore a monogrammed silk one-piece in the 1937 film Stage Door. Five years later Vera Maxwell, a pioneer of American sportswear, designed a jumpsuit worn by millions of ‘riveting Rosies’ (the nickname given to American women working in factories during World War II). The ‘You Can Do It!’ posters of Rosie the Riveter in her one-piece and polka dot headband have become an iconic cultural reference and symbol of empowered women.
FROM CATWALK TO DANCEFLOOR
The jumpsuit hit the catwalks again in the 60’s when André Courrèges showed futuristic styles in Paris. YSL sent palazzo one-pieces down the runway in the ’70’s; Cher, Abba and Elvis adopted the jumpsuit as their signature style, and it became the go-to look for Studio 54 regulars Diana Ross, Liza Minelli and Bianca Jagger, who danced to disco in Halston’s trademark designs.
It was only in the ’00s that the jumpsuit really began to be taken seriously as a fashion item. Soon, it was infiltrating the red carpet as a cool alternative to the usual dresses. It’s not hard to see why; jumpsuits are the ultimate outfit-in-one. We like to think they nail the perfect mix of ease, comfort, attitude and sass, which is why we’ve created flattering designs. Trust us, you’ll wonder how you lived without one…
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