We Think We Are the First to Wear It, But No!

FRINGE! Photo: Sasha/Getty Images

Fringe frocks from the 1920s!  Photo: Sasha/Getty Images

There is a history and a beauty to every piece of clothing we wear. And though we often hear about the latest trend or fashion fad we may be surprised to know that these fads actually date back to other times and places; they have simply been reincarnated. Leave it to the ever-stylish site, Refinery29, to share some fashion history and trace five of today’s most popular pieces to their origins: the turtleneck, fringe, the flared jean, the sports bra, and overalls. Says Refinery29, “you’ll never look at them in the same way again.” And I wholeheartedly agree!

Here is more on the history of fashion from Refinery29

The Turtleneck: “Turtlenecks made an appearance in the late 1800s, but served a much more high-fashion purpose. Women wore the garment with exaggerated sleeves and a form-fitting silhouette. As the Met Museum reports, this style is one of the earliest examples of women’s sportswear.”

Fringe: “Anyone with a smidgen of fashion history knowledge may think of fringe as a ubiquitous trend of the 1920s. The fringe frocks of this era — famously designed by Madeleine Vionnet — partnered closely with the dance craze du jour: the Charleston.” Continue reading

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Can we ‘Roar’ with The Granthams once more?

The cast of Downton Abbey, Season Four

The cast of Downton Abbey, Season Four

Like me, you might have had your television tuned to PBS last night for the premiere of Season Four’s Downton Abbey. And like me, you waited, uncertain, to see how the show would go on after the incredibly sad demise of Matthew in a car crash the last few moments of Season Three.

Season Four starts six months after Matthew’s death. The year is 1922, ten years since Season One premiered with the sinking of The Titanic. Familiar faces returning, some surprises? Definitely. And welcome to the other member of The Grantham Household: the fashions of the times. I happily note the changes in the new fashions and I imagine we will continue to see the women dressed more comfortably and less constricted, with new elements of freedom and flair. Continue reading

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