Friday, June 5, 2009

The Cycles of Fashion

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening." Coco Chanel

The fashion industry is an important aspect in our everyday lives. Take a look at The History Of Costume it is easy to identify elements which repeat themselves through time.

This is the first of many postings entitled, "The Cycles of Fashion, " my Thursday posts will showcase and present fashion creators from the Etsy community. The wonderful community of Esty contains so many talented drapers, tailors, patternmakers, stitchers, and milliners. My goal is to expose and showcase them!

Utilizing the history of costume, I will identify how they transend through time to modern fashion.


This period extends beyond the war's end when austere garments were worn.

Helen & Rene Turban- c. 1945

Junya Watanabe- Spring/Summer 2009


A flapper was initially a derogatory term, but soon was used to describe any young woman in the 1920's who wore cloche hats, bobbed her hair, and danced the Chareston.

Lucien Lelong Evening Dress- mid 1920's

Alberta Ferretti- Spring/Summer 2009


Fashion was inspired by artist Leon Bakst the costumer and set designer of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballet Russes in 1909. Dress designer Paul Poiret was very influenced by the ballet and separately created garments .

Left- Paul Poiret Women's Party Costume- 1913

Right- Fendi- Spring/Summer 2009

Note: Archival photos attained from Koyoto Museum archives. The photos are no being used for commerical use, only for commenting. 2009 photos scanned from various Italian magazines, also for commenting only.

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  1. I remember my gran and some of her friends wearing turbans, the 30's must have been there 'time'

    I love the 20's fashions too, the flapper style!

    Very interesting blog you have :0)

  2. Some...creative..outfits. Very interesting histories!

  3. I love fashion too and like the 20's a lot but that garden on the head thing looks ridiculous. I can't imagine anybody really wearing that headpiece.

  4. I have a photo of my Mom taken in the 1940's. The complete outfit she is wearing would be right in style now...what goes around...comes around!

  5. This is a fab idea for blog interesting...and easy on the eyes...The Ferretti dress is a stunner!

  6. I love the last photo set. Interesting to see how things come around again.

  7. Fashion is an interesting phenomenon, it's great to see how old days designs keep on inspiring people. I like the mix of 30's romantic and 50's modern look:)

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  8. I look forward to your post. Costume history rocks!

  9. I LOVE fashion history - great blog and great feature!