When it comes to royal weddings, there is a lot of tradition, decorum, and etiquette involved that ensures that the day goes as smoothly and dignified as possible. But that doesn’t mean that sometimes a contentious moment doesn’t pop up. There have been some controversial royal wedding fashion moments throughout history, and though they are few and far between, they do offer an interesting glimpse behind that veil of propriety.
Heavenly Bodies, the New York Met’s latest show, pairs the Catholic church with haute couture – and is set to be a sensation. The celebrated curator behind it explains why it all began in Blackburn
It’s a long way from the grey skies of Lancashire to the glitz and flashbulbs of the global fashion event of the year, the Gala at New York’s Metropolitan Museum. But when the world’s A-list fashionistas step out on its red carpet in a week’s time, they’ll be linked by an invisible thread to the mill town of Blackburn in the 1970s – and a Catholic schoolboy whose adolescence there was filled with the drama, the theatre and most of all the costumes of the church services at which he found himself.
March is Women’s History Month. Here, one contributor celebrates the rebellious fashion designer lost to history, Emilie Flöge.
I loved the Art Nouveau unit of my art history course not only because of its early 1900s surrealistic glamour, but because that class led me to my new icon: gender norm-defying fashion designer Emilie Flöge.
Most fashion shows last less than 10 minutes, but have the power to transport an audience to another world. There’s an intensity to a great show, a distillation of a designer’s extraordinary vision.
Once upon a time, though, things were a lot humbler. The intimate salon shows of Chanel in the 1950s bear no resemblance to Karl Lagerfeld’s fully-stocked supermarket in the vast Grand Palais in 2014. The main change is scale – along with location, set production, and budget.
PARIS — On the penultimate night of fashion month, amid the final paroxysms of designers attempting to define how women want to look today, there was a show of a different kind.
Emmanuel Macron, president of France, and his wife, Brigitte, hosted a dinner at the Élysée Palace in honor of the industry’s creatives. It was the fashion equivalent of the pre-Davos C.E.O. summit that Mr. Macron engineered at Versailles in January. News began to leak out early in the week.
If you ask someone why they wear blue jeans and they reply “because they’re comfortable,” they are lying to you in a way that is so total and complete I suspect they are also lying to themselves. Denim is a tough, rugged material meant to withstand time and the elements. Literally any other fabric would feel better against your skin.
Generally, when people say that something they wear is “comfortable,” they mean it is psychologically comfortable, not physically comfortable. We wear blue jeans because everyone else wears blue jeans, and it’s our nature to want to be part of a group.
Blue jeans were actually an accidental discovery in the 18th century, when people in Nimes, France attempted to replicate a sturdy Italian fabric called serge. What they created was “serge de Nimes” or, as it’s been shortened to, “denim.”
If you like to stay on top of fashion trends, looking at runway shows is a great place to start, but they’re not always indicative of popular trends in countries around the world.
Lucky for us, the folks at fashion retailer Long Tall Sally researched the top trends worn all over the globe. Not only is it interesting to see the trends people in other countries love, but the results also provide a little fashion inspiration for your wardrobe.
With the help of a trends expert, Long Tall Sally analyzed thousands of global trends via street style images, local influencers and Instagram posts. The trends were then cross-referenced with Instagram data from the last 12 months. The top trend in each country was determined by looking at the most frequently used trend-related hashtag.
The buzz around New York Fashion Week is always exciting. It’s wonderful to see people from all over the world gather together for their love of fashion.
It makes you realize how important fashion is. One of the first things we do in the morning is decide what to wear. Whether we’re heading out for a day of leisure or getting ready to make a big sales pitch, our clothes help us tell our story throughout the day.
Fashion has always been key to how women have presented themselves to the world, and how society has wanted to present women to the world. From panniers that emphasized wide hips to shoulder pads that emphasized “power,” the fashion of the time tells our history in great detail.
From humble beginnings to present day, we chart the history of haute couture.
1858: English couturier, Charles Frederick Worth established the first haute couture house in Paris, championing exclusive luxury fashion for the upper-class woman and coining the term ‘fashion designer’ – an artist in lieu of the basic dressmaker.
1868: Le Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture was first established as the safeguard of high-fashion. Designers were required to earn the right to label themselves a couture house according to certain specifications. These were later outlined in 1945.
1908: The phrase “haute couture” was used for the first time.
Men and women alike have been piercing their ears for cosmetic and ritualistic purposes since time immemorial. When did people first start piercing their ears? What reasons have different cultures had for engaging in the ancient practice of ear piercing? How is it that ear piercings have remained one of the most popular types of body piercings throughout time? What types of ear piercings can you get today? We answer these questions and more in this History of Ear Piercings.