When it comes to current fashion, it seems as though “everything old is new again” – as we venture into the future taking cues from the past and setting new trends for today. But how far have we come, and how much has past fashion influenced us in the present? We’re taking you back in time and coming full circle as we explore the evolution of style through the ages.
Flapper fashion in the 1920s
Cotton and wool were the fabrics of the time, with silk in high demand--but at a cost, owing to its limited supply. There were now new methods of fastening clothing, which allowed new technique to translate into more modern silhouettes and detailed styles. The runways may have exhibited clean, simple looks, but the luxury could be found in the fabrics. Hemlines and haircuts were on the rise, as a more boyish silhouette was embraced by designers as the women’s rights movement steered away from traditional and restrictive fashions of the previous decade.
A more subdued style in the 1930s
A gap between Hollywood glitz and the common class in the 1940s
A fresh take on fashion in the 1950s
Credited with unveiling the “new look” of the times, the ultra-feminine silhouettes of Christian Dior marked the biggest trend of the times, with a newfound interest in teen style bubbling below the surface.
The swinging ’60s
The mod look is perhaps the style most synonymous with this decade, with iconic model Twiggy most famously representing the trend. Influenced heavily by the art and music of the time, bold geometric shapes, bright colours and patent leathers were all the rage. In stark contrast to this style were those fashion icons who represented the “easy elegance” of the decade; a timeless nod to ladylike style epitomized by fashion influencer Jackie Kennedy.
The '60s left little room for grey areas, as the fashion--and politics--of the time had people feeling very much on either side of the fence.
Under the influence of international style in the 1970s
Polyester became the fabric of a generation, spawning tight, stretchy second-skin styles that complemented the fluid fashions of the disco fever that marked the times.