Wednesday, June 22, 2011

What about vintage....

              Over and over again the glorious decades of fashion revive every season and we see collections and ideas as well in architecture, home design, hair styles and so on.

              1920 - Flapper Girl
             In the 1920's, both men and women still dressed formally when the occasion called for it. There was also a definite casual air to many of the new fashion clothing lines that were introduced. By the mid 1920s, however, fashions began to become less formal as bloomers for women were introduced as well as such casual hats as the trilby for men. 
             There were many influential people who adopted the carefree fashions of the 1920s. With the rise in popularity of jazz music, many of the more popular men who played this music, such as Ted Lewis, Paul Whiteman and Bob Haring, dressed in the casual manner that was fashionable during the 1920s. Cuffed trousers and shirts with loose sleeves became popular dress for these musicians.  
           Actresses such as Evelyn Brent and Louise Brooks helped to popularize the dropped-waist tunic and bloomers that were being worn by those women who were liberated.


               1930 - Coco influence

          This fashion of the 1930s saw a turn back to the more conservative nature of clothing. These included more muted colors as well as a drop in hemlines for women's dresses. More flowing styles in both women's fashions as well as men's were popular during this time period. Toward the end of the decade, 1930s fashion included evening gowns for women that featured halter or other high necklines, sleeves and plunging, bare backs. Matching jackets were often included as well. Musicians continued to be major influences on 1930s fashion. They made the exaggerated shoulder pads and long flowing trousers of the day even more popular as they wore their zoot suits. Long coats with high waists and pegged, wide legged trousers were a staple of their clothing.

               1940 - traditional silhouette 

             Synthetic materials, as well as synthetic and natural blends, made their debut during this period of time. Many of the men wore their military uniforms while the women often remade the remaining clothing of men into practical outfits for themselves. Women's dresses continued to be fuller at the waist. Hemlines remained below the knee or at the calf. Ensemble outfits for women, which featured skirts or dresses with matching coats, continued to be popular fashions for women in the 1940s. The clutch coat, which needed to be held shut due to the lack of a fastener, was also a popular item in 1940s fashions. 
             Actresses such as Lauren Bacall and Mary Pickford wore the popular women's fashions of padded shoulders and long, full skirts or dresses.

              1950 -  A-line
  Women wore skirts that were long and either fitted or full. These skirts often reached well below the knee. New attention was paid to the waistlines of these dresses and the look of the shoulders softened considerably. For younger girls, wide poodle skirts and bobby socks became all the fashion rage toward the end of the decade. High-class formal wear was still worn well into the 1950s. 
                 Evening gowns with full skirts and miles of fabric were popular during the earlier part of the decade. Those dresses with form fitting hourglass shapes became popular as the decade began to end. Wraps were often worn around the shoulders. Toward the latter part of the decade, however, a more casual turn for fashions of the 1950s was noted. 
               Many women wore an A-line skirt or pencil skirt, paired with a fitted jacket, when they were doing business or running errands. For men, a business suit with a conservative tie and hat were the norm for men's fashions of the 1950s. A fedora style hat was considered to be a business essential for most fashionable men. 
              Elvis Presley made his stage debut in 1956 and took the nation, and the conservative 1950s, by storm. His low-slung and tight-fitting pants accentuated his hip-grinding movements. His shirt was opened to show his naval. Elvis Presley helped to usher in the more relaxed fashions of the 1950s. Joan Crawford and Audrey Hepburn wore the long and full skirts of this time period. Anita O'Day, on the other hand, wore the form fitting hourglass dresses that were also fashionable during the latter part of the 1950s. 
              Lucille Ball, as the first woman to be shown pregnant on television, helped to catapult the idea of maternity wear to the forefront of women's fashion designers imaginations.

                1960- Fashion revolution

              Fashion in the 1960s is marked by a wide diversity in styles and trends. Jacqueline Kennedy provided the inspiration for much of women's fashion in the early part of the decade. By 1964, when Mary Quant invented the mini skirt, fashions of the 1960s were forever changed. Hippie clothing that was almost androgynous in nature made its appearance at around 1968. 
             This type of fashion centered on tie dyed shirts, bell bottom pants, and sandals for both women and men. For casual wear in the early 1960s, women wore capri trousers while men wore slacks and button down shirts in a plaid pattern. That soon changed, however, as the British influence began to be felt in the choices of clothing that were available. Bell bottom trousers, along with ribbed sweaters, midriff baring tops, or chiffon blouses, were the casual fashions of the 1960s as well. 
                 The most influential event that took place to dictate the fashion in the 1960s was the British Invasion. America was overcome by British fashions and British music at a time when social changes had began in earnest. These radically different clothing choices and musical choices ushered in an entirely new era of fashion for the 1960s. It inspired the Hippie movement that embraced free love and a wild clothing style unlike any seen before.

                1970 - disco fever

               The dawn of 1970s fashion began as a continuation of the 1960s with bell-bottom pants, crop tops and peasant blouses still being very trendy.  In the early 1970s, women who enjoyed the mini skirt now also had the choice of wearing midis, which fell at about mid calf in length or the maxi, an ankle length skirt or dress. 
            Men began wearing ties that were even wider than in previous years, and their shirts grew more colorful, as well. Both genders also enjoyed platform shoes and fitted blazers. By the middle of the 1970s, however, bell-bottom trousers were replaced with high-waisted and flare legged denim jeans or satin trousers. Toward the middle and end of the decade, iron-on decal shirts and baseball jerseys became popular as well. 
            Glam and punk rockers, such as David Bowie and Roxy Music, helped to usher in the glam and punk rock fashions seen in the 1970s. Torn leather jackets, ripped jeans and torn t-shirts were all the rage during this period of time. Beatle boots with pointy toes or tennis shoes that were filthy were the preferred footwear of these punk rockers.


              1980 - All about the status

       This decade become known for its status symbols and 1980s fashion trends were no exception. With designer jeans, designer sneakers, and other brand name clothing becoming popular, this decade saw many trends come and go. Alligator shirts, leg warmers, men's power suits and big shoulder pads were just a few of the fashionable trends noted during this decade of wealth, power, and status. Women's casual wear followed fashions seen in popular movies such as "Valley Girl" and "Flash Dance." These two movies, for example, created popular fashion looks of the 1980s.
              Leg warmers, leggings, leotards, ripped sweatshirts, headbands and designer jeans were all the rage during this decade. Mini skirts continued to be popular, with hemlines of various heights noted throughout the 1980s. Michael Jackson, and his hugely popular video, "Thriller," made Thriller jackets and single white gloves popular among people across the nation. 
              In similar fashion, Madonna popularized fishnet stockings and lingerie as outerwear fashion statements for women.  Other musical genres enjoyed increasingly mainstream success with their fashions. The multi-colored hairstyles of the punk rockers, for example, or the big hair and ripped jeans of the metal bands, influenced the entire decade. Rap musicians popularized designer sneakers such as Air Jordans, which were named after the extremely popular professional basketball player, Michael Jordan. 


               I hope that this history of fashion will help us getting better with the style .

1 comment:

  1. A great history of Fashion! Interesting how some things come back from time to time.