6 TRENDS THAT CHANGED FASHION FOREVER
Exaggerated architectural details and deconstructed shirts are are helping cut a new shape in 2017, but what are the most important silhouettes of season past? We take a look through the decades at the silhouettes that changed fashion and explore how to wear them now.
THE NEW LOOK
Following World War II Christian Dior debuted a new, fabric heavy look that liberated women from wartime rationing. The New Look was defined by a full, flowing skirt, a nipped in waist and round shoulders.
THE BABY DOLL DRESS
Balenciaga’s creations from the late 1950s were not only distinctive, but also prescient: his lace “baby doll” dress, first presented in 1957, foreshadowed the youthful, loose-fitting fashions of the 1960s. Its basic design consisted of a body-skimming slip worn beneath a loose lace outer dress, sometimes cinched at the waist with a ribbon. Worn without the ribbon, the triangular-shaped outer dress may have provided inspiration for Saint Laurent’s “Trapeze” silhouette, which he introduced for the spring 1958 collection at the House of Dior.
THE MICRO MINI
As the first wave of baby boomers came of age, fashion shifted towards a more youthful silhouette. Teens dominated the fashion scene and designers took hemlines sky high. Both Mary Quant and André Courrèges were credited with inventing the mini skirt.
THE BELL BOTTOMS
Flared trousers first gained popularity with the sixties fashion elite, but it wasn’t until a decade later that it became a widespread trend. Sonny and Cher helped popularize bell bottoms in the US, wearing them on their popular TV shows. The trousers were typically flared from the knee down, with bottom leg openings of up to impressive twenty-six inches.
THE POWER SHOULDER
The emerging status of women in the workplace paved the way for a powerful new silhouette: the power shoulder. From sharp tailored jackets to the ostentatious ruffled gowns of TV hit Dynasty, this shape was all about women taking up more room.
Hip-hop’s relation to the tracksuit also evolved in the ‘90s, and while much of the style’s attachment to the music scene would really peak in the following decade. Guys like Jay-Z and Diddy used their respective personas (and clothing labels) to kickstart the mentality that wearing a tracksuit on the regular meant you were so well paid that you didn’t need to sweat things like “getting dressed.”