Pakistani Fashion Through The Ages, from Punjab to Kashmir to Peshawar to Gilgit-Baltistan, Balochistan, and Sindh, the fashion and culture are rich in Pakistan.
The fashion and culture of Pakistan have a significant influence on the citizens of Pakistan’s lifestyle and social values. Pakistan has a conservative society, but despite this, Pakistan has never had a lack of fashion or in any other thing than others since its establishment.
Pakistani fashion shows the culture of Pakistan and the culture of different provinces. It also expresses the demographics of Pakistan. Fashion evolved as the weather changed. Dress in different regional cultures reflects the way of living of different people in one community, shows the style.
These weather give a unique and elegant identity among all cultures. Pakistan has a high-spirited fashion industry that is growing day by day. The most famous Pakistani designers are Sana Safinaz, Asim Jofa, HSY, Maria B, etc.
They are the most successful fashion designers of Pakistan who are competing for the fashion of other countries. Their new seasonal and traditional collections are regularly released that attracts the attention of a large audience.
In the pre-independence era, the Gharaara suit was the trend that continued from 1947 to 1960s. The credit of that trend went to the leading women of the Pakistan Movement,Fatima Jinnah, and Begum Rana Liaqat Ali Khan. Both women were the idol of Pakistani women.
It was a proud feeling to follow their dress code. Gharaara suit was the royal dress of the wives of nawabs in that era. They wear this dress to show off their class, their power to others. The Gharaara suit comprises a Kurti and a dupatta, and the most important part is the wide-legged pants.
The Era Of 60′s
The era of the 60’s brought a notable change in Pakistani dressing sense. This era was the phase of experimentation and industrial development. London’s mod culture and hippie influenced the fashion industry of Pakistan culture.
In America, the designers introduce many designs like bell-bottom, peddle pushers, printed leggings, culottes, hip tight pants, and flappers with short shirts.
The Era Of 70’s
This era brings many changes in fashion and public mood because of the events of war, defeat, and separation. The fashion of hand embroidery, shadow work, patchwork, mirror work catches attention in the local markets. The Gairadar Shalwar with knee top kameez became the order of the day. The 70s were the trend of wearing wild prints with mixed shine colours.
This trend became the high-class women’s wardrobe essential.
The Era Of 80’s
In the 80s, politics had a great impact on the dress code. In the Zia government, women were motivated to wear religious clothes, in which you have to cover all your body parts except face and hands. Most women covered themselves with dupatta or chadar when going outside, but religious women prefer burqa, hijab, and scarf.
The 80s is called the Golden age of the fashion industry. Nazia Hassan was a famous lady in her fashion. The most important thing in the 1980s fashion was the shoulder pads used to create a wider look for shoulders.
The Era Of 90’s
In the 90s, that was a period of influences of Bollywood movies, drama serials, and commercials. A new trend came of the Floral, Zari Printed, Dyed, Net, and Chunri dupattas. It got fame with the introduction of a three-piece suit. In the 90s, the main focus was on dupatta. The best thing about the dupatta is that it can be worn with a simple dress.
The 21 Century era
In the 2000 era, a storm of designs came, and the main change was in the style of women trousers—Palazzos, Pegi, Cigarette Pants, Capris, Tulip Pants, Tights, and Churidar Pajamas. Many times, a change came in shirts like a Long Shirt, Short Shirts, and Shrugs. The fashion of 2000 was all about stylish outfits.
In 2010, the look of the 80s flare shirt was prominent. In 2011, the elegance of fashion came back and the look of the 1970s. Anarkali umbrella shape frocks got famous this year. In 2015, the unique designs and traditional style came in. The frock designs embellished with embroidery work, thread work, Gota work, Shiny Stones got popularity In 2016.
In 2018, medium size shirts were common. Cigarette pants came in 2018. Every woman followed the fashion of skinny jeans, leggings, and footless tights.
In 2019, the trend of Capri shirts got much popularity. And different types of shalwar like tulip shalwar, dhoti shalwars, and Patiala shalwar. These can be worn with simple kameez. Over time, Pakistani women also adopt the style of western clothing.