During the time when the world was ruled by kings, and queens, and princes, and princesses many are simply living average. While most royals can afford wearing beautiful and elegant dresses, the masses are only limited to some pieces and conventionally not made of the most luxurious textile. But the average living people in the medieval era were the ones exposed to labor and different household chores and they cannot escape the wrath of stains that may intrude their dresses during their work. Thus, they needed something to cover their clothes with something cheap. This is the beginning of the usage of aprons.
Sounds too fictional? Yes. But fairy tales aside, Leather Apron were one of the early clothing and fashion artifacts that have been invented during the time of the early kings and queens. Additionally, aprons can be considered as the only garment that has retained its use over some period among others.
Before it has became a kitchen friend, aprons has been used in all occasions first. In most medieval dresses, aprons are used as over garment most likely not connected to the main dress but is designed well with ruffles or embroidery so as to complement with the dress. It main purpose is to protect the dress from any stain because it is so hard to do the laundry by that time. Considering the type of dresses before, laundering can cause the fabric to be worn out easily as the technology making the textile strong was not yet widely introduced by the time. Thus this makes apron as a main part of a dress rather than purely a garment that is added for protection.
During those times, aprons are used by girls and adult ladies in going to the market, the church, to a meeting etc. There are different types of aprons that are used before. Pinafore is one of them. A pinafore is a type of apron that has shoulder padding sort of thing. It is like a jumper dress.
As time goes and cheaper clothes have been produced, the use of multiple garments faded and aprons slowly paved out. But its main purpose of protecting garments never fades away and the aprons find their way to the kitchen, in the restaurants and in many other places.
Today aprons come in different types namely, bib aprons, bistro aprons, tuxedo aprons, cobbler aprons, waist aprons, etc. Each type of apron differs mainly in design. Bib aprons are mainly body sized aprons with only a string from the sides and along the nape area. Bistro aprons and waist aprons are commonly small aprons that can be wrapped around the waist. Cobbler aprons on the other hand are an apron with a resemblance to that cape like over garment used by musketeers.
As additional information, aprons are also used by church leaders before most notably by the Anglican bishops and archdeacons. Religious aprons, though they are not known as such, resembles a small cassock.
Today, aprons have become an important garment in the household. They come in different materials and colors and designs. There are also many stores that offer discount aprons for restaurants and hotels that use them as uniforms. Truly, aprons have tested the challenge of time; a fashion artifact not worth fading.