Throughout the centuries, either during the Renaissance or the 21st century, many designers mass-design based on common axes. They utilize certain fabrics, cuts, techniques, and styles that, as they form a norm, they constitute the trend of each era. The study of the aforementioned axes is interesting because they partially occur from the social and political background of each time and place – regardless of the range of these variables. It can endure from centuries to months, from continents to small cities. In the history of European art, ambiguity and vagueness surrounding social norms and beliefs, obscured, penetrate into the representations of the female body. The female body can be placed in the center of the definition of art, as well as at the edge of it. It is a sideline, according to Derrida, between art and obscenity, so it is by nature a dipole. That way, it is possible for someone to perceive it as a way of defining borders, a metaphor for all the proceedings of segregation throughout the centuries.
One of the haute couture elements and by extension of the everyday dress that lies in a perpetual loop is that of the silhouette. The silhouette of a woman is the subject of many artists, and designers opt to showcase the part of the female body that is considered to be appealing and erotic depending on each period in time. Some of the most famous devices and techniques throughout history used constantly and ever-evolving, are the corset, the bias-cut, and the mini. They play a crucial part in changing the appearance of the silhouette and shifting the focus from one body part to another.