The Evolution of Hawaiian Fashion

The Evolution of Hawaiian Fashion

In the 1800s, Christian missionaries advocated for modesty, encouraging men and women to cover up, which led to the transition from the malo and pa'u to board shorts and muumuus. Presently, the traditional pa'u for women has transformed into a kīkepa (dress) to provide additional coverage.

The holoku, a Hawaiian garment, has also undergone changes over time. Initially introduced in the 1820s as a loose gown without a waistline or train, it has evolved into a long formal gown with a train and a closer fit to the body, incorporating Western fashion elements.

Moreover, Asian immigrants have contributed to Hawaiian fashion by introducing short- and long-sleeved shirts and women's dresses inspired by Asian styles and crafted from pre-printed fabrics from China and Japan. These vibrant shirts and dresses are the predecessors of contemporary Aloha wear.

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