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 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…

Behind the Seams..Badgley, Mischka

Badgley Mischka is a design team of James Mischka and Mark Badgley.  James Mischka (b.1960 , Burlington, Wisconsin, USA) enrolled in 1982 at Parsons School of Design in New York, where he met classmate Mark Badgley (b. 1961, East Saint Louis, Illinois, USA) After graduation and separate apprenticeships with Badgley as assistant designer to Donna…

Behind the Seams… Armani, Giorgio

Armani, Giorgio 1834- .Designer. Was born in Piacenza, Italy. Armani surprisingly studied medicine at Milan University. After militaryservice he joined the Italian department store chain La Rinascente as a window dresser. He first worked as a menswear designer with manufacturer Nino Cerruti from 1961-1970. Then He went freelance. He launched his own menswear collection in 1974 with…

Behind the Seams..Versace, Gianni

Versace, Gianni was one of the most exquisite designers in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Gianni was born in Calabria, Italy. He worked with his dress-maker mother before moving to Milan. Versace swiftly established a reputation as a skilled designer and created a suede and leather collection for GENNY and evening clothes for the firm of Complice. In…

Boots…..shoe trends

Boots- in the 19th century women wore boots with day wear in both summer and winter. They were usually low-heeled, made of leather or finer materials, and laced or buttoned to reach the lower calf. In the first half of the 20th century they became mainly utilitarian items- worn mostly in bad weather. Fashion boots, designed purely for effect, first…