“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.”
“Create your own style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.”
"You can never be overdressed or overeducated."
"What’s my style is not your style, and I don’t see how you can define it. It’s something that expresses who you are in your own way."
"The hardest thing in fashion is not to be known for a logo, but to be known for a silhouette."
"Playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends."
Did You Know?
The art of draping dates back to 3500 BCE, beginning with the Mesopotamians and Ancient Egyptians. Greek fashion followed with the invention of draped silhouettes like the chiton, peplos, chlamys and himation. The Etruscans and Ancient Romans invented the toga, a length of fabric that wraps and drapes around the body. Designers throughout fashion history have furthered the exploration of shape and fit using this method. Favorites include Madeline Vionnet, Cristobal Balenciaga, and Halston. But we can see draping in historical fashion from Egyptian, to Grecian to Japanese. Outfit by Chanel Resort 2018 📷 Vogue.com
Stirrup pants were first worn in the 1920s by horse riders who needed their pants to stay in place after they put on their riding boots. A decade later the style was adapted by skiers who wore it during the winter olympics. Then in the 80’s as the fitness craze swept through the US they made a comeback as an everyday wear. Now stirrups are back again and they’re a simple way to add a bit of an edge to any outfit with putting the strap over the shoe. Pants by Balenciaga 📷 instagram.com
Dresses were very much influenced by the social climate of the time. In the early 1920s, they took on more masculine styles. Menswear inspired fashion was all the rage even back then, as women tried to appropriate menswear fashion to achieve equal social status. These dresses featured strong angles, and were made from sturdy materials. It was only later in the 20s that shorter, flirtier hemlines came into vogue, and dresses returned to a more feminine ideal. 📷 pinterest
Ruff, a crimped or pleated collar, usually wide and full. One of the most distinctive fashion item in the 16th and the 17th century worn by both men and women. The beginnings of the ruff can be seen in the early years of the 16th century, when men allowed the top of their shirt to be exposed. The ruff increase in size becoming a symbol of aristocracy. Women wanted to show their status in society and also wished to exposed their bosom, so the ruff was then developed to be half circle that open in front and rise in the...
Trench coat, adapted from waterproof coats for military officers during World War I that was created by Charles Macintosh and Thomas Hancock in early 1820s. It was made from rubberized cotton and functioned as rain-repellent garment for outdoor activities. As technology in textile evolved, Aquascutum and Burberry invented and produced more breathable trench coat. . Outfit by Simone Rocha Fall 2019 📷 Vogue.com
Some men wore corsets in the 18th and 19th centuries. Especially in the late 1700s and early 1800s, where high fashion for men called for form-fitting trousers and jackets that required smooth silhouette. Therefore men wore corsets to have a very tight and thin waist. However, by the mid-1800s, the few men who wore fashion corsets were more commonly subjects of ridicule. _ 📷 Maison Margiela SS19 Menswear
Cargo pants are originally made for the military in the 1930s. It is a loose fitting trousers design to be extremely durable and suitable for tough outdoor activities. They are typically characterised by multiple large pockets that were traditionally used to hold field dressing and other equipment.
Trapeze line is a silhouette that is flared from the fitted shoulder line. They were popularized by Yves Saint Laurent in spring 1958, with this Trapeze Line collection. The trapeze line reinvented the A-Line, what had been “most wanted silhouette in Paris” with the same swing its circus counterpart.
A sleeve that is gathers at the top and bottom with fullness in the middle. Varying in its length and volume, the sleeve creates puffy effect.
A princess line is panel lines that go through bust point, usually starts from armhole or mid-shoulder down through the waistline to shape the body, creating a styleline without horizontal joining seam at the waist.
Especially designed for corset making, the fabric is densely woven with a high thread count and a minimum of stretch. Coutil fabric are usually herringbone twill weave, instead it refers to the use of the fabric for corset making. Coutil can be used as a single layer corset or as a strenght layer fabric.
Translated literally, ‘haute’ means high and ‘couture’ means sewing. The main misconception people have about the term is that it applies to all handmade clothes. Haute couture means “ fashion that is constructed by hand from start to finish, made from high quality, expensive, often unusual fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finished by the most experienced and capable sewers, often using time-consuming, hand-execured techniques.” in France, haute couture is a legal term, meaning that any item given the title “haute couture” has passed a series of criteria defined by the Paris Chamber of Commerce.
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