I adore vintage fashion because of its silhouettes. The designers played with the fabric and the dress adapted to the personality of the wearer.
Today’s pret-a-porter fashion is clean. There seems no room for the art of draping or unconventional patterns. Each garment must be cost effective and sewn in a couple of minutes because that’s how the industry rolls. What’s the price of up to sixteen collections per year?
Did you know that the fashion industry is one of the top environmental polluters after the oil industry?
And the industry expects a massive growth until 2030…
No matter what − there is a trend back to the roots, back to long-living materials and quality. Many women start sewing their own customized fashion and old silhouettes are coming back.
Some trends of the past decades
The New Look
Christian Dior was one of the most influential designers in the 1940s and 50s. He created a new silhouette after World War II with a waspy waist and full flowing skirts he created the New Look. Regarding fabric consumption the trend was the opposite of the early forties were knee length A line dresses were en vogue and fabric wasn’t so available.
The boyish look of the ‘20s and the high waist of the ‘30s
The 1920s were more loose as the previous decades in terms of fashion. The waistline was low but the skirts had to be knee-high minimum. Only actersses, dancers and hustler wore shorter dresses/skirts. In the thirties the hemline aligned to longer mid-calf or floor length and went to modest and fitted. The shoulders were exaggerated with f. e. shoulder pads and full collars were in fashion.
The concepts of femme fatale and femme fragile
Everyone knows the femme fatale. The strong, independently women who’s often associated with smockey eyes and red lipstick. Her silhouette is straight, sexy with an eye for details. A revival of this lifestyle can be found in the pinup-scene.
The femme fragile is the opposite of the femme fatale. The garments have a more innocent touch, its flowy and playful.
It’s an art to combine sustainability with the patterns of the past to create a long living fashion piece. I hope that the sewing and makers movement can make a change because one day it will be important again to have good quality clothing.
What’s your favorite fashion decade and how do you think the sewing community will change?