Friday, October 19, 2012

Pretty Dress of the Day Challenge - Looking Foward Thur the Past

The two gown photos below are of one of my personal favorites.  I love to color combination of green and blue, reminiscent of Peacock Colors, I love the squared neckline.  I love the colored ribbon outline along the squared neckline.  I love the four foot train. 

I have seen this gown many times online and on Pinterest.  However, I snagged this one into my files years ago, so my files do not have location info.  I believe it may be at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  I also believe it to be an early 1870ish gown.  If you know the location, please post a note!

What I wanted to share today was the thought that even in today's fashions, our designers still look to the past for inspiration.  A case in point could be the focus on "Downton Abbey" of late, and all the emphasis on the Edwardian styling that is coming out for 2012 Fall Fashion.  If you did not see the Ralph Lauren 2012 Fall presentation, here is the video clip:

So, consider the idea that a lot of the Victorian Fashions hearkined back to the late 1700's fashions!  Most people equate the "Polonaise Gown" with the timeframe of 1770 or 1780 (think Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette), however, there was a major revival of this style of gown in the Victorian 1870's!  You can see some of that styling with this gown from the front.  The cutaway overskirt revealing the matching foundation skirt, and the gathering up of some of the fullness of the back of the gown, both of which clearly have their origins from an earlier time period.  (As a side note: The "a la polonaise" was also known as a "Dolly Varden" style, based on the heroine of Charles Dickens historical novel "Barnaby Rudge", which was set in 1780s!)  Fashion, like History, seems to repeat itself with some mild variations along the way!

In closing, I challenge you to take a look at some of todays designer's fashions, maybe even in your own closet, to see if you can detect a reflection back to an earlier fashion time!  Look at the fabrics.  Look at the construction.  View the line of the silhouette.  What era does it evoke?  All this, and more, plays into how YOU create your own personal wardrobe.  Enjoy!

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