Time for FRIDAY FASHION FACT!
Today’s topic is a bit more conceptual than the Facts I’ve done in the
past, but I think it is very important to recognize the over-arching
factors that influence fashion in order to fully understand how fashion
has developed. This is a bit difficult to explain in such a small space, so bear with me, and remember that this is all much more complex than I lay it out to be.
Throughout history, the biggest influence on
fashion has clearly been technology. The next biggest influence, though,
has been war. War causes huge divisions between people. It drains
resources. It pits agenda versus agenda, ideology versus ideology. It
has the ability to
effect every aspect of life. It can change the world, so it should come
as no surprise that it changes fashion.
In several of
my past posts, I have mentioned specific wars being an influence on
fashion- most commonly the French Revolution, World War I, and World War
II. While most wars have an impact on fashion, these three have had a
significantly bigger impact that the rest. The reason for the World
War’s having such a large impact is obvious- it’s right there in the
name. These wars spanned the globe, and wider geography means wider
The French Revolution, however, theoretically seems as though it would effect only France. Yet the effect of war is
rarely contained only to the country in which the war takes place. In
terms of fashion, during the era of the French Revolution, France was
the epicenter of fashion. There are still many people who would debate
that France is still the fashion capitol of the world, but in the 18th
and 19th centuries, there was no debate. France reigned supreme on the
style front. If the French wore a style, the rest of the western world quickly followed suit.
why do wars have such a strong impact on fashion? Well, every war is
different, so it varies from war to war. Overall, though, is due to
two factors. One is because war tends to be a huge strain on resources,
with vast amounts of funds and materials donated to the military
effort. Secondly, war pits (at least) two groups against each other,
groups with different values and goals. A person’s value system,
lifestyle, etc. is often reflected in their clothing. The values of the
prevailing side often seeps into the fashion of the people. Between
these two factors, war often means a dramatic lifestyle change not only
soldiers off fighting, but for those they leave at home. A change
in lifestyle results in a change of dress. This is why changes in
fashion that may take decades or more during peaceful times can occur
over the course
of just a few years during wartime.
An important thing to keep in
mind, though, is that fashion does not
change overnight, just like the wars that influence it do not happen
overnight. As the world starts to shift, conflict rises, and war is
imminent, fashion reflects the changing world. People often think that
women went straight from
wearing elaborate rococo gowns, complete with wide panniers, to simple
cylindrical muslin dresses. Or they seem to ignore the era between
structured Edwardian dresses and the untailored flapper look (though to
be fair, Downton Abby has had a huge impact in changing that.) The
reality is that aspects of the new styles are evident in fashion in the years leading up to the wars.
there are countless factors which have contributed to thedevelopment
fashion throughout the centuries (and don’t worry, I will cover as many
as possible in upcoming Facts! Plus I’ll be sure to go into more detail
about the wars I talked about in this post.) Just remember, the next
time you’re looking at historical fashion and see a dramatic shift, take
a look at what was happening in the world at that time!
Want to learn more about war and fashion? Check out these books:
Costume and Fashion: A Concise History, by Laver, de la Haye, and Tucker
History of World Costume and Fashion, by Daniel Delis Hill
Have a question about fashion history that you want answered in the next FRIDAY FASHION FACT? Just click the ASK button at the top of the page!
You and I. It’s Friday night and we’re sitting on my bed giggling because we drank a little too much of our favorite wine. The only lights on are candles and fairy lights. We’re listening to our favorite songs and talking about our future and the world. We’re happy and in love. So in love.
concept: it is friday night and i’m in silk pyjamas reading a book. a candle is lit beside me and the glow emitted is like honey syrup, cosy and warm. the wind blows gently. free of stress, a soft kind of sleepiness settles upon me.
I keep thinking about jimon + jace's cheesy pick up lines(even though they're already dating) its the cutest I'm crying
i think the sweetest part about this is that jace normally doesn’t have to resort to silly pickup lines to actually pick up because as we saw on 2x07 jace is just naturally confident, beautiful and cool and smooth - except it all flies out the window the second he falls for simon because all he wants to do is make simon smile even if its at his own expense??
consider the following teeny scenario (although this concept deserves MUCH MORE):
friday nights are date nights and today’s just supposed to be curling up in bed together with Chinese take-out and watching the latest mission: impossible in jace’s laptop.simon’s exhausted though, and it’s all he can do to change into a different t-shirt and drag himself over to the institute. he ends up falling asleep which his cheek smushed against jace’s shoulder, body aching, and only jolts awake when his phone goes off.
“sorry, sorry,” he says, fretting over the drool darkening jace’s shirt. “this is so uncool - i’m just, i think i got thrown against three different brick walls because that coven from connecticut just does not know how to play nice and i’ve zoomed across all five boroughs today including staten island which, let me tell you-”
jace does what he always does when simon gets like this: he leans in and presses kiss after kiss against simon’s mouth, swallowing up the panicked words until simon sighs and kisses him back, bones becoming liquid under jace’s hands. simon’s eyes are still closed when jace pulls away and says, “i thought your legs were hurting from running through my head all day, not running after some new england vampires.”
“next time i’ll stick to just your head,” says simon, voice rough with sleep and sweet with laughter. “pretty sure things turned out better for me in there.”
It’s Friday once again, and today’s feature is an Instagram account I am absolutely in love with - ihavethisthingwithfloors, because I DO have a thing with floors. Whoever came out with this hashtag and account must be an absolute genius, because now we have concrete, irrefutable proof of the AMAZING-ness of floors. Check them out, and remember to follow! Use the #ihavethisthingwithfloors hashtag on ur selfeet pics on Instagram, and who knows, your selfeet may just be selected to join in the blessed curation!