The postwar recession and the depression of 1872 had a small effect on fashions in the U.S. during the early part of the decade. The Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71 resulted in the loss of Alsace-Lorraine to Prussia, causing hardship and suffering in France. Communications with France, a huge fashion influence of the 19th century, were interrupted during this period. Fashions, therefore, did not change much during the first three decades of the 1870s. However, the availability of the sewing machine in the United States and the success of fabric makers in the U.S. allowed Americans to keep up with trends and provided an increase in readymade clothing for women.
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