Friday, 5 October 2012

The Changing Wardrobe

In my last blog entry I wrote about how the global climate has an impact on what we eat. This got me pondering fashion trends and how they too seem to fluctuate based around what's going on in the world at that point in time.

Who would have thought that the discovery of the rotting mummified corpse of Tutankhamen in 1922 would result in Egyptian motifs exploding across runways, would see the 'it' colour palate tending towards browns, creams and golds as well as huge gold jewellery becoming the norm. Certainly not me! Lets be honest people, it's a little gross to think that a dead body dictated what people put on their backs...even if he was a King. Ew.

Oh yes, fashion follows global excitement and interest but it also follows in times of hardship and turmoil. During the Second World War female clothing became very tailored and practical with much more masculine shapes taking over. Fabrics moved from softer cottons and lace into hard starched linens which reflected the difficulty of sourcing good quality material during this time period.

So what now? What effect does our world have on what we wear? Was it the issue of global warming that saw the release of Eco friendly lines by brands such as Gorman, Limedrop, Thursday Sunday and Bassike? During times of economic struggle (you may all remember our good friend the Global Financial Crisis) lipstick sales sky rocketed as they are an affordable way to get that shopping high (you know the one I mean) without breaking the bank. And who could forget how fashion turned dark and mysterious, worshiping all things fanged, with the release of the Twilight series...yes yes, I read them, don't judge me and let's move on! Well, whatever the world throws at us next, I'm excited to discover how fashion will follow long as I don't have to look like a dead guy wrapped in toilet paper.

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