Have you ever wondered were designers gain their inspiration from? Well as a matter of fact many designers look back into the history of fashion to gain potential inspiration. Here is a list of promident styles and looks from the past that have motivated designers to use them in their collections.
Ancient Greece: Doric Chiton
This modern dress resembles of a women’s dress in ancient Greece can be seen in this pleated, high-waisted, softly flowing white gown with elements similar to the Doric Chiton.
There are many variations of appearance of the chiton were achieved by belting, which created a fold over the top of the fabric and could be place in different positions by being pinned down.
Ancient Rome: Women’s Toga
Megan Fox is wearing a contemporary version of the ancient roman version of the toga, by designer Kaufman Franco, at the premiere of Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen held at Mann Village Theatre. The ball gown covers only one shoulder which is defined as “toga” style. However, the original Roman toga covered the left shoulder.
Late Middle Ages: Men’s Jacket
Rihanna made an appearance, at the Met Costume Institute Gala, wearing a tuxedo, by Dolce & Gabbana. The tuxedo jacket that she is wearing is parallel to the men’s jacket seen in the Late Middle Ages.
During the late middle ages the jacket develops a distinctive large shoulder that narrowed gradually to the wrists. Some other characteristic is that jackets had a seam at the waist to join the top and the skirt sections. The jacket skirt flared out sharply from the hip. Toward the end of the 15th century slashes were made in parts of the sleeves through which the under sleeves of the shirt were visible.
The Northern Renaissance: Ruffs
Ruffs were a key style presented in Northern Europe. This trend was worn with high, fitted collars and as lace ruff cuffs as well. Givenchy revived this style by constructing an entire blouse for the haute couture collection in Spring/Summer of 2008.
Baroque and Rococo: Shoe with Slap Hole
This hollow out wedge heel from Lavin Fall 2011 collection is similar to the 17th century slap soles. Some boots and shoes had slap-soles, a flat sole attached only at the front, not the heel. These soles “slapped” the ground as the wearer would walk. These shoes were intended to keep the heel of the shoe/boot from sinking in the ground. Although Lavin’s heel is completely attached to the sole, it still resembles the 17th century style.
Directoire Period and The Empire Period: Women’s Dress
Diane Kruger conquered this Christian Dior, mid-1700’s inspired, couture gown from Dior’s Spring 2012 collection. Diane attended the 65th Cannes Film Festival and Therese Desqueyroux premiere.
Dior was inspired by the wide-skirted, decorative ornaments of the 1700’s. Large hoops used to hold out these wide skirts. Between the years of 1760-1790, the length of the gown shortened to the ankles for women.
Late 1700′s: Buckle Shoe
Marc Jacobs designed buckle shoes for his Fall 2012 that is quite similar to the 18th century shoe for men. Until 1720 shoes had square toes and high square heels. Later shapes became rounder and the heels were not so high. Decorative buckles were place at the base of the shoe. Red heels were favored for court dress and were fashionable for men.
The Empire Period: Women’s Dress
Designer Monique Lhuillier designed a wedding gown from her Fall 2012 collection. Her design that walked the runway takes inspiration from the Empire style period.
Dresses from this style had a cylindrical shape and a waistline placement just under the bosom. This is also known as the Empire Waistline. Light weight fabrics were used to construct garments, in order to achieve the straight line figure.
Directoire and Empire Period: Spencer Jacket
Burberry hit the runway recently with their cropped jacket for Fall 2012. Cropped jackets have been popular in the past and initially came from Directoire and Empire Period.
This jacket was also known as the spencer. The spencer was a short jacket worn by both men and women and could have been worn indoors or outdoors. This jacket ended at the bosom to represent the Empire waistline. This jacket could have been worn with or without sleeves, and the color usually contrasted with the rest of the attire.
Romantic Period: Trench Coats and Top Hats
Gaultier’s Fall/Winter collection 2012 was inspired by men’s dress from the Romantic Period. Men wore wide, shaped neck pieces, that were square fabric, which was folded diagonally into long strips and were tied around the neck in a bow or tie manner.
The frock coat seen above was most common types of coats for men. Variations of the coat included the “military” frock coats that were worn due to military influences.
The top hat was the predominant headwear for both day and evening. Different names were given to top hats, based on their differences in shape. They were cylinders varying in height and shape with a slight outward curve at the top. Brims were small and turned up at the side.
The Bustle Period: The Bustle
Sandra Bullock’s dress, designed by Vera Wang, was revived from the Bustle Period. Bustles ranged from padded, cushion-like devices to half hoops of steel. The shaping was not consistent for the entire period. There are about three different versions that women wore, which ranged in size and shape.
The Edwardian Period and World War I: Pleats
The pleating in Dior’s Fall 2012 design served as inspiration from the pleated gowns of Fortuny. These dresses were usually made in bright solid colors. His patterned fabrics were rich, often dark shades that were influenced by Renaissance and Oriental designs.
The Twenties, Thirties, and World War II:
A figure with a flat bosom and narrow hips were ideal. The silhouette that was straight, without indentation of the waistline were fashionable. Most of the dresses were one piece and if the dress had a belt it was placed on the hipline. Initially skirts were longer and reached almost to the ankle, but the length gradually shortened. Once the skirts became shorter, in 1928, they remained stable, then began to lengthen again.
The New Look: Dior
Dior took a deep look at thier orginal designs, which was used as inspiration for their Fall/Winter 2012 collection. Christian Dior caused a huge response by presenting a line of clothing at his spring 1947 show that diverged sharply from the styles of the wartime period. It quickly became to be known as the “New Look.” It was quickly accepted and became the base of style lines for over the next ten years.
The designs had massively full skirts. One of Dior’s models had twenty-five yards of fan-pleated silk in the skirt. Whether the skirt was narrow, the waistline was pinched and small. The rounded curves of the body were accentuated.
The Sixties and Seventies: The Pant Suit
Prada’s Fall 2012 design is influenced by the 1970′s. Pantsuits were worn for work and leisure, and soon after the fashion industry produced other types of pants, such as knickers, gaucho pants, and hot pants.
By the late 1960′s pantsuits had become more popular than skirted suits. At this time there was such controversey over skirts, due to mini skirts and micro skirts, that pants solved the problem of what length to wear effectively. Hot pants, seen in Prada’s design above, were very short pants and were featured in the early 1970′s.
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