The skirt, as we think about it in its more common use, is part of women’s wardrobe and it covers their body from the waist down.
The idea of modern skirt was born during the 15th century from the gotic sukiene, a tipical dress of the period, which split into two elements: the corset and the skirt.… Read more
One of the few trends we’ve seen on FW 2014/2015 catwalks and that we’ll soon find next season in our favorite stores is plisse.
Plisse is an antique technique to alter the shape of the fabric, in order to create symmetrical stripes; a geometrical pattern, that turns a bi-dimensional surface into a tri-dimensional decoration.… Read more
Summer is getting closer and colorful swimwear collections abound; trikinis, bikinis and super hot swimsuit are all the rage, but the questions is, do you know where they come from? or who was the designer who first created them?
This post is dedicated to another less-known fashion designer, who contributed to set the female body free from constrictions and inhibitions, Rudi Gernreich.… Read more
In the first part of this series I highlighted the key events of the first 100 hundred years of Parisian Haute Couture, through business strategies and artisanal work.
In this second part we continue to travel along the timeline of the Haute Couture’s history uncovering little known facts and curiosities about the making of the fashion shows we witness today.… Read more
Elsa Schiaparelli famously put an avanguard view in her dresses but, as the following list points out, she was forward-thinking in her thoughts as well.
The celebrated Italian designer has never been forgotten and every respectable fashion addict sure knows something about her story and contribution to fashion.
This is true now more than ever as her Maison is constantly in the spotlight: an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, not to be missed auctions at Christie’s selling some of her best creations and the launch of the capsule Haute Couture collections of the Schiaparelli label, which happened during the parisian Haute Couture Fashion week.… Read more
The Russian revolution completely renewed the art field as all the artistic productions related to daily uses were given the possibility to be distributed on a larger scale. Furniture, fabrics, clothes and small objects: the new men of the Revolution needed an industrial product, designed with a modern taste, according to the Bauhaus style.… Read more
Between 1860 and 1960 the Parisian High Fashion (Haute Couture) gave a new idea of fashion. Behind the poetic facade there were high-skilled professionals and complex production facilities, generating a universe of dreams, made by excellent, artistic and high-quality products.
Here I describe the first 100 years of this history; a century of tough decisions, business strategies and artisanal work.… Read more
The rise of furs as a symbol of luxury
The first dress of humans on the planet, apart the biblical leave of Adam and Eve, was the animals’s skin, fur, which during the following centuries was tanned and sewed in order to follow the silhouette of the body.
The business of furs, at the time of the first civilizations, was the most important way to earn money or to do exchanges of goods.… Read more