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The Dirndl, or female dress of "Tracht", also emerged in the 18th century as a servant's or maid's dress. This simple dress generally consisted of a blouse, bodice, full skirt and an apron and it was practically suited for a woman's work around the home or a farm at the time. Women typically wore slightly different styles and fabrics in the winter and in the summer. The winter dirndl was often a full dress with long sleeves, made of heavy cotton, linen or wool with warm skirts and aprons. In contrast, the summer dirndl was made of lightweight cotton and short-sleeved blouses were worn under sleeveless, tailored bodices.
Just as the Lederhosen experienced a fashion trend among the nobility, the dirndl was also adopted into the upper echelons of society in the late 1800's, around 1870. Suddenly, the simple dresses made of practical fabrics, were transformed into very stylish, colorful dresses often made of silk, satin and other expensive fabrics. They then also evolved into dresses worn for regional pride and tradition, with each region taking on distinct differences in colors and style.
Today's dirndl, while still sporting the basic elements of a blouse, tailored bodice, full skirt and apron, now ranges in style from the soft and simple, to very vibrant styles exquisitely crafted with rich fabrics and embellished with intricate embroidery. While they are not necessarily worn as an everyday dress anymore, many women still wear them for traditional cultural events or formal occasions, such as a wedding, or to show their regional pride. In recent years, the dirndl has also gained in popularity among the younger crowds. Younger women today often enjoy wearing shorter, flirtier and more revealing versions than in years past. Other women also opt for a style of dress called "Landhausmode", which are dirndl-like dresses and skirts, but a more casual style than its traditional counterpart. The best place to see the varying contrasts in styles among dirndls would be at the Munich Oktoberfest, where young and old, traditional and modern all converge to participate in what is most likely the largest gathering of folklore in southern Bavaria.

    * Summer Dirndls available in mini, midi and long skirt lengths.
    * Fall/Winter Dirndls also available in heavier fabrics.
    * "Landhausmode" style dresses or 2-piece skirt combinations.
    * Children's Dirndls available for girls of ages 1-15 years.
    * Customized Commercial Dirndls for your restaurant
      or business also available upon request.


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