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“Fashion starts from a drawing; Vogue started as an illustrated magazine,” says Ferdinando Verderi, vogue italia’s creative director. Before fashion photography, fashion illustrations were widely used for magazine covers and advertising in publication. Vogue’s front cover was illustrated since its first issue in 1982. It wasn’t until July 1932 that the first color photography, by Edward Steichen, appeared on a cover of Vogue (1959 was the first year all of the magazine’s cover were photographic)
One of the popular casual look in the fifties is the circle “poodle skirt”. Credited to actress and singer Juli Lynne Charlot from California, it didn’t actually start with a poodle. The circle skirt was made out of felt, cut in a circle and could have any sort of embellishment, not just a poodle. Most of felt circle skirt that was popular came with abstract design.
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
Capsule Collections were popularised by Donna Karan in the 1980s, however Susie Faux is credited to coined the terms "Capsule Wardrobe" in 1970s. The idea of capsule collection is to create a wardrobe that features only the most essentials, high-quality pieces that could be worn interchangeably. Outfit by Donna Karan the “Seven Easy Pieces" 📷 nytimes.com
In 2010, fragment of a woman’s straw-woven skirt estimated to be 5900-year-old, dating back to 3900 BC, was discovered by archaeologists in a cave in the Areni region of Armenia. They believe they have uncovered the world's oldest skirt. Throughout history, skirts are known as one of the oldest form of clothing worn by men and women from different parts of the world. 📷 Areni-1 cave, Armenia
The word Pants comes from the name of a stock figure in the commedia dell’arte, Pantalone. He was wearing red tight-fitting breeches and stockings which in later representations of the character, were replaced by long trousers. When trousers of a similar style became popular, they became known as pantaloons. The word used to refer to various types of trousers. Americans clipped the term to pants in the early 19th century, and that shorter word became a standard term for the garment. However in British English, pants is used most often to refer to underpants. Source: merriam-webster.com
The 60s fashion is known for the Mod. The mod fashion movement was born out of London and became a trend. The clothes were colorful and hemline shrunk, some of the key look were the shift dresses and mini skirts. The waif-thin fashion icon, Twiggy popularized these look, closely associated with Mary Quant.
Khaki is commonly used to describe the type of fabric or clothing (typically pants). The word originally comes from a Hindi word which means “dusty" refering to beige, light tan color. The term was first known in the mid-19th century by a regiment of the British Indian Army describing the color of the uniform cloth that they wore. Belted High-waisted trousers by GANNI 📷farfetch.com
The sailor suit originated from the British navy and it then became one of the popular children's attire in 1880s. In early 20th century, women's fashion picked up the sailor look known as 'sailor dress'. The square sailor collar continues to become a popular look for its nautical vibes and often found on spring/summer collections. 📷 Vogue.com; Chanel Pre-Fall 2018
Empire line, taken from the period of the First French Empire (1804-1814), this silhouette popularized by Napoleon Bonaparte's wife, Empress Joséphine de Beauharnais. The waist line in the empire silhouette was raised, fitted just below the bustline and loosely fitting the body, giving neo-classical look. . 📷 Alexander McQueen
A boatneck also called a bateau neckline, is a wide neckline that runs horizontally front and back almost to the shoulder points across the collarbone. This neckline sometimes referred as Sabrina, named after Audrey Hepburn's role in "Sabrina" (1954), who wore bateau neckline dress by Givenchy.
Long before runway presentation or fashion magazine, in 18th Century, Pandora, a fashion doll, was used to show current dress fashions. Dressmakers used the dolls to show the latest fashions and the customer decided which style she wanted and which material. (vam.ac.uk) 📷 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Markers comes in different types, used for crafts, drawing, sketching, hand-lettering or calligraphy. Generally, it can be catagorized based on the content; alcohol-based markers and water-based markers. Most commonly used markers in Fashion Illustration are alcohol-based markers. As it blends beautifully without streaks and dries fast.
In French, Gigot literally means the leg of an animal, especially of a sheep or lamb. The sleeve acquired the name for its resemblance to the shape of a sheep’s leg, translated into English as Leg of Mutton, or Leg o’ Mutton. This sleeve is extremely full and puffy at the shoulder and gradually narrowed down to a fitted cuff. The large gigot sleeves were popular from the early 1830s through 1836. 📷 The Metropolitan Museum of Art