Behind the trend… The history behind the peasant look

A peasant style of fashion typically references to costumes of many countries, usually interpreted into fashionable clothing. Items like this might include calf-length full skirts; full puff sleeved blouses, smocked or embroidered across the chest, and head scarves. The peasant look is typically fashionable during the 20th century notably in the 1930’s, 1960’s and 1970’s.

Disco and the 1970’s

Discotheques emerged in the 1960’s prompted by excessive style. In the 1970’s disco fashion had become a acceptable for day as well as evening wear.  US Designers such as Stephen Burrows, Betsey Johnson and Norma Kamali produced clothes which adapted to, or were designed specifically for disco dancing. Disco wear commonly included leotards, t shirts, shorts and stretch jeans….

Behind the trend…Leg warmers

Leg warmers traditionally are worn by ballet dancers. So what are leg warmers? They are long, woollen, footless socks worn around the calves and ankles. During the exercise and health craze of the 1970’s they became extremely popular. Often seen worn over trousers, tucked into boots, or under long skirts.

Behind the designs…Blass, Bill

Blass, Bill 1922-2002. Designer. Born William Ralph Blass in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA. Blass studied at Parsons school of design in New York in 1939.  From their he worked as a sketcher for David Crystal a sportswear manufacturer before he was drafted into the army. After World War II, he moved to Anna Miller &…

Did you know… about Big Hair?

Elaborate, and tall hairstyles artificially created to increase the height of the wearer were shockingly popular in the 18th century. Womens hairstyles however in the 19th and 20th century were concentrated close to the head. During World War II, Frenchwomen piled their hair on top of their heads as a sign of protest against the Occupation of Paris. In the 1950’s…