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History of Dress & Textiles ATD 426

Journal By Katy Wright


Mini Me Mini skirts are making a comback in a major way. Influenced by the 1960’s mini Pixie Lott, pictured on left, shows off her mini with classic black tights and a black button up sheer blouse. The similar look from the early 1960’s, pictured left, shows a mini in a very similar silhouette with black tights and a black sweater. I think it’s safe to say that the mini is here to stay. Left image via thevoguediaries.com Right image via askville.amazon.com

Hat Trick Turbans have risen in popularity within the last year. The photo on the left is an image captured by street style photographer and blogger The Sartorialist. The image on the right is a Vogue cover from July 1965 when turbans were at their height of popularity. The modern turban has thus far been styled much more simply than that on the Vogue cover. Left image via thesartorialist.com Right Image via vanessatreasure.co.uk


Screen Siren

Since 1961 when the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s was shown on the silver screen Audrey Hepburns iconic style in the film has been imitated. The photo on the left shows a modern take to the classic. Complete with oversized sunglasses and jacket and bag draped over the arm. The slit up the leg of the black dress adds a moderness to the look. This screen siron look is one that is sure to continue to influence fashion throughout the years.

Left photo via atlanticpacific.com Right photo via andthemomeraths-outgrabe.blogspot.com

Riding Time The image on the left is a modern take on the classic 1800’s women’s riding outfit. The jacket is tailored to be fitted and tight very similar to that in the image on the right. The image on the right is a riding suit called an Amazone from about 1810. The tightly tailored jacket is a style that is still very popular today for women’s work wear and casual dress. Left photo via tumblr.com Right photo via kci.or.jp


Power Hour

The women’s power suit took it’s shape in the 1980’s. With a more manly, loose, strong shouldered cut. The image on the right is an example of different patterns available during the 1980’s for women’s suits. The image on the left is MaryKate Olsen wearing the modern version of the 1980’s power suit. With a looser and longer cut she brings the suit jacket into a modern relevance while still being able to see where its influence came from.

Left image via tumblr.com Right image via theslapdashsewist.blogspot.com

Leather Lust The image on the left is a Zac Posen leather dress. Very similar to the leather influence of the 1970’s in the punk rock genre. The image on the right is an example of the punk style of the 1970’s. Very heavy emphasis on leather and a very rocker look. Left image via thevoguediaries.com Right image via astylishliving.wordpress. com


Fantastic Flare

The 1970’s was hippy heaven. Jeans were the uniform of the decade and flares were the most popular of the genre. The image on the left shows the modern take on the style while still keeping it’s classic feel. The image on right is the cover for Carole King’s 1971 album showing the the fashion of the time.

Walking Tall

Left image via refusestolabel.com Right image via evermoreblues.blogspot.com

Wedged front heels that gained popularity in the 1970’s are back with a vengance. The modern version are more sleek and sophisiticated than their predecessors and have crossed over from solely dress wear to casual wear.

Left image via columbine.freshnet.se Right image via etsy.com


Fancy Pants Colorful legwear is a trend that has re-emerged in the last couple of years. The LIFE Magazine image on the right is from the 1970’s. The women are wearing brightly colored and designed tights. The current day image on the right is a woman wearing a brightly knit woven fair isle legging similar to the tights in the LIFE image. Left image via refusestolabel.com Right image via tumblr.com

Platform Pleasure Another popular shoe style from the 1970’s was the platform. This shoe style has made a comeback as well, it seems that lately the attitude is the higher the better. The pair on the right are a modern pair very similar to the vintage pair on the right. Left image via tumblr.com Right image via etsy.com


ATD 426 Journal