Monday, June 29, 2009

Historical Draped/Tailored Garments


African Maasai Tribespeople are among the most well-known ethnic groups in Africa because of their distinctive dress. Shuka is their word for sheets wrapped around the body.

2. Draped dress by Jeremy Scott
Fall 2006 runway collection, “Food Fight”

The draping method allows this dress to be voluminous, and therefore big enough to portray a whole round pizza.

Mary Kate Olsen in a fashion homage to Little Edie Beale of Gray Gardens
Photo shoot for "Harper’s Bazaar" magazine, October 2007
Draped dress by Chloe
Leggings by Blumarine
Headdress by Anne Klein
Pumps by Proenza Schouler

Little Edie set fashion trends in the mid 1970s with her draped skirts worn as head dresses. This draped dress is a combination of Beale's and Olsen's styles.



Although the cuts and silhouettes have varied over the years, the tailored men's suit has remained a staple of fashion.

Sydney, Australia, 1920s

Men wore business suits much more commonly in their everyday lives in the 1920s than they do today.

Johnny Carson and James Brown on "The Tonight Show," 1967

As most male talk show hosts do today, Carson wore a suit to host his talk show.
Brown was known for wearing suits, which heightened his snazzy image.

From “Details” Magazine, December 2005
Suit and shirt by Thom Browne New York
Vintage tie from What Comes Around Goes Around

This is a representation of the way many young, clothes-conscious men wear their suits in modern times.

2. Shift dress by Yves Saint Laurent, 1965
Inspired by artist Piet Mondrian

The geometric shapes and bold colors of this dress work well on a tight, understated silhouette. This same effect would not be produced on draped fabric with many folds.

3. Audrey Hepburn as character Jo Stockton in “Funny Face,” 1957

She wore this fitted outfit during her unforgettable dance scene with Fred Astaire. The look became so iconic that the top photo was featured in a Gap ad for skinny black pants in Fall 2006.

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