Exhibition \\ Made It
Section 1: Breaking In
The clothing trade of the 18th and 19th centuries catered to the royal courts and fashion centers of Europe and was strictly divided along gender lines. Men envisioned and regulated the tightly structured guilds, or associations that oversaw their profession, by dictating what could be made and by whom. Male tailors bore the responsibility for cutting textiles—the most expensive part of an ensemble—while women served in crucial yet subservient roles as seamstresses.