2 September 2019. We wanted to share a bit about the history of the jumpsuit, a clothing staple for workers everywhere. Jumpsuit, boilersuit, coverall...whatever you choose to call it, this item of clothing is having a moment. And we're totally on board! Originally designed as practical and comfortable workwear, the first jumpsuits were used during the industrial revolution in factories and on the railroads. Made of heavy canvas or denim, they protected clothing from workplace hazards. Loose fitting with over sized pockets for holding tools, they would eventually become popular with manual laborers all over the world.
During the 20th century, designers like Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel popularized jumpsuits for women and as more women joined the workforce during World War II, coveralls became a symbol of gender equality, worn most famously by the character of Rosie the Riveter.
Popular in the 1970's and obscure by the 1990's, jumpsuits have made a comeback in recent years to take their place in the modern wardrobe as a simple, comfortable and fashionable staple.