When first fashion designer, Charles Frederick Worth, started styling and dressmaking in the 19th Century; many elite individuals sought his opinions on clothing. During 1850s, he created his own fashion house in Paris where individuals can request patterns for their attires. Fashion designing, then, heralded other artists to focus in such realm.
As early as the 1900, Paris and parts of London, reigned supreme in the fashion industry. The increasing demand of people for glamour and sophistication motivated creative persons to start their own clothing collections. Such inspiration further lead to the establishment of boutique clothing stores in the urban areas. An example of this was the opening of Coco Chanel’s shop in 1907.
The commencement of the World War I made the clothing industry resurfaced in the western countries. Countries such as United Kingdom and United States of America became the homes of clothing designers and store ventures.
The Great Depression became a major threat to the supposedly booming industry of clothing. The clothing fashion turned simple and ordinary due to the economic difficulties. Moreover, many businesses went bankrupt, and many stores closed.
After the World War II, clothing commerce and trade rose again as people demanded for fashion and style. Business aficionados thought beyond the box and once again created shopping malls. This time, store buildings were huge and had anchor stores inside. As many places became urban areas, huge edifices were constructed to cater to the needs of the people who at the same time endeavored on corporate jobs.
The term boutique became famous during this decade as men and women sought for attires sold at storehouses situated inside the shopping centers. The demand for beautiful designs amplified in London making the said city the fashion trade capital. The main streets of London, which became the central locations for clothing boutiques, were Carnaby Street and Kings Road. Since ready-to-wear and haute couture were clothing styles not fully differentiated in this time, store owners combined them all in one store.
Due to the innovation of technology, clothing collections of famous designers were ramped in televised fashion shows. The media coverage made clothing designers and brands popular worldwide. As a result, individuals delight themselves in purchasing beautiful garments to look chic and sexy. The increasing demand for fashionable clothes heralded the opening of boutiques in many countries.
This decade made many clothing brands and their stores popular, even to the ordinary household. Prada, Hermès and Louis Vuitton, though founded in the 19th century, were some famous brands with boutiques frequented by people. Without doubt, such decade raised the fashion industry to fame.
Several fashion designers and their clothing brands were launched in the early years of the 21st Century. Retailing of merchandises sprung many boutiques inside the department stores, either vending street apparels or haute couture. Clothing boutiques, indeed, became the stores visited by any person to obtain fashionable clothes that truly serves its function.