Although still widely used today, skirts are the second oldest garment in history.
The skirt is the second-oldest garment known to mankind. Only loin cloths predate it. And mankind is the right word to use because skirts haven't always been just for women.
"Men and women both wore skirts in ancient times. Once you had the initial idea of weaving a rectangle and tying it around yourself, you had basically the skirt. And if you look at say ancient, Egyptian paintings, you see men and women both wearing what's in effect a skirt," the director of the museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York explains.
Today, a skirt's design is all about personal style. But not long ago, long was the only way to go.
For hundreds of years, a long skirt was the very definition of luxury, mainly because fabric was so expensive.