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Fashion in the 1920s

FlappersWomen’s fashion in 1920 was all about the flappers. These liberal, free-thinking women wore short skirts, short haircuts, sheer stockings–and, most shockingly–make-up. The style of the flapper is most often described as being youthful and boyish, as these young women were abandoning the popular curves of early generations for straight lines and loose clothing.

Although seemingly harmless by today’s standards, women’s fashion in 1920 was controversial and looked upon with disapproval by conservative men and women. Prior to the flapper movement, ladies kept their legs covered and abstained from drinking or smoking, especially in public. Now, young women were exercising their independence and developing an entirely new fashion statement.flapperflapperflapperFlapperflapper

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Trench Coats

First Trench CoatTrench coats are -and have been- the most popular coats in America. The first trench coat was actually developed as an alternative to the heavy serge “greatcoats” worn by British and French soldiers in the First World War. The trench coat was created by Thomas Burberry, who submitted his trench coat design for an army officer’s raincoat to the United Kingdom War Office in 1901. The trench coat has had a big role in fashion: from comic book mystery characters to the last scene in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Audrey Hepburn!). Like the Chanel suit and the Birkin bag, the trench coat will always be one of fashion’s most iconic pieces.Dont' be afraid of Color!Different Stylestrenches

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Lilly Pulitzer: Fabulously Modern Clothing

Lilly LogoIt all started with a juice stand in Palm Beach. Lilly, a young, chic New York socialite had eloped with Peter Pulitzer and settled in Palm Beach to live the life of the rich and famous. Peter owned several Florida citrus groves, but Lilly needed a project of her own. So in 1960, with Peter’s produce, she opened a juice stand in Palm Beach.

Lilly Pulitzer’s business was a hit, but squeezing oranges, lemons, limes, and pink grapefruit made a mess of her clothes. Realizing that she needed a juice stand Lilly dressuniform, Lilly asked her dressmaker to design a dress that would camouflage the stains. The result? A comfortable sleeveless shift made of bright, colorful printed cotton – pink, green, yellow and orange. The dress even had custom dressmaker details like lining and lace seam bindings. It was perfect for the job and became Lilly’s first Classic Shift.Lilly

Although her customers liked Lilly’s juice, they loved her dress more. When people began to ask if they could buy the dress, Lilly had a few more made up to sell in the stand. Soon Lilly was selling more dresses than juice, so she decided to stop squeezing and to focus on designing and selling her “Lillys.” Before long, Jackie Kennedy, an old school friend, began wearing Lillys and as First Lady, she was featured in Life Magazine wearing a Classic Shift. Then, of course, everyone wanted one and Lilly Pulitzer became a fashion sensation.

In 1984, however, Lilly closed her doors to settle into retirement with her second husband, Enrique Rousseau (her marriage to Peter had ended in 1969) and to enjoy her grandchildren. For the rest of the decade, Lilly devotees were left to scour flea markets and re-sale shops to find their beloved vintage Lillys.

Lilly DressIn January 1993, the Lilly Pulitzer line was revived. Now, Lilly Pulitzer is more popular than ever! The Lilly Pulitzer line is now available in 75 Signature Shops, major department stores, and fine specialty stores nationwide. Its popularity continues to grow among those who knew it years ago and those who have just discovered the timeless fun of Lilly Pulitzer apparel.

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Fashion Illustration

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Fashion Illustration is a medium in which creative expression can be given free rein and designers can explore ideas before the realities of budgets, fabrics, or physics intervene.  Fashion designers’ sketches reveal inspiration as well as color and style. When learning to transfer ideas onto paper, designers are taught to find their own style. Each designer should have theier own unique design that sets their designs, or even their drawings, apart from any other designer. Nothing captures a fashion moment or mood quite like a designer’s first drawing for a dress.

Here are a few pictures of distinct fashion illustrations. (I couldn’t find many specific designer sketches.)Sketch by Tracy Reese

 

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Dress Patriotic This Week

Handmade Dress out of RosesThe ‘We Are One’ concert held on Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial was a star-studded event to kick off a weeklong celebration of Obama’s Inauguration on Tuesday, Jan. 20th. Thousands upon thousands of concert-goers braved the cold to see the biggest names in music and entertainment including performances from Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, U2 and Mary J. Blige; as well as speeches from Martin Luther King III, and actors Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks. In celebration of the inauguration week, we should all wear a little red, white and blue! Patriotism is defined as love of and devotion to one’s country.

Ralph Lauren has created many beautiful collections with patriotic colors taking over.Ralph LaurenRaph LaurenRalph Lauren

 

Chanel has an overindulgence of patriotic shoes. If you go for this look, please lose the ankle purse.Chanel Shoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even celebrites are going for a patriotic look!

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A Little Bit About…Vera Wang

Vera Wang, age 59, is an American fashion designer based in New York. She is known for her wedding gown collection, among other specialties. Vera Wang has not always been the successful bridal designer like she is today.

Vera WangAs a girl, Wang trained as a figure skater, and competed at the 1968 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. She was actually featured in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd in the January 8, 1968 issue. When she failed to make the U.S. Olympic team, she entered the fashion industry.

Wang was a senior fashion editor for Vogue for sixteen years. In 1985, she left Vogue after being turned down for the editor-in-chief position currently filled by Anna Wintour and joined Ralph Lauren as a design director for two years. In 1990, she opened her own design salon in the Carlyle Hotel in New York which featured her trademark bridal gowns. She has designed costumes for figure skaters, including Nancy Kerrigan and Michelle Kwan. She also has made wedding gowns for Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Avril Lavigne, Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Garner, and Sharon Stone among others.

Vera Wang has expanded her brand name through her fragrance, jewelry, eyeware, shoe and houseware collections. She also wrote the book Vera Wang on Weddings which was released by Harper Collins in October, 2001. On May 27, 2006, Wang was awarded the André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award from the Savannah College of Art and Design. In the Sex and the City movie, Vera Wang was featured amongst the many bridal gowns Carrie Bradshaw wore in a Vogue photo shoot.

Today, Vera Wang is one of the most prominent fashion designers in New York City.Vera Styles

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Fashion Forward Accessories

AccessoriesWhen going to runway shows, people often just look at the beautifully created dresses and outfits. Rarely do people grovel over the astonishing accessories: from the extraordinary shoes to the unusual hats.

 

 

Crazy Hat

Hats are created and worn for a more dramatic effect on the runway.

 

Sarah Jessica ParkerOf course, Sarah Jessica Parker was spotted wearing this extravagant hat to the Sex and the City primere.

Marc Jacobs ShoesThese shoes designed by Marc Jacobs are called the “Inverted Heel” with the heel under the arch of your foot, instead of on the actual heel.

 

Be Careful!!WOW. This is a definitely a big difference to what we are used to seeing. British Designer Antonio Beradi designed these sky-high heels without any heel! It’s 5 1/2 inches off the ground…talk about scary! 

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