Just like any type of art I believe there’s always a point in time when an artist will be asked.. Why?
Quite simply, Fashion is an art – it encourages inspiration and allows for people to express themselves in their own way. Unfortunately I don’t have any ground breaking answers other then this, but I did my research. So whether you think your fashionable or not – let’s take a step back and see how that “simple” little black dress you have hanging in your closet got there.
Let’s take a look back in the 1700’s, historically fashion began with Rose Bertin (Nick named the “Minister of Fashion”). Rose was the dress maker for Marie Antoinette, The Queen of France. Although Antoinette failed horribly during her rein, she had used fashion as a way to help her connect her life with the people of France and created a precedent for following monarchs.
You think its hard to keep up with the trends now a days? Try living in the 1700’s were fashion trends were almost immediately seen as out dated and the Royals were continually trying to create something original.
Move forward to the 1900’s, and to life came the brilliant and legendary Coco Chanel. With her creation of Women’s suits and her bold courage to wear trousers in public, Chanel’s designs became a staple for changing the way women viewed themselves. Women were no longer confined to their very non-functional corsets and dresses. They were given a choice to dress in a way that allowed them to be just as functional in the work place as men and the confidence to fight for equality.
And now I bet your wondering how all of this could possibly link back to that simple black dress of yours. Well before Coco Chanel black was only worn during funerals and by widows in morning. Chanel had said “Women think about all the colors except the absence of color. I have already said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute.” So from this she created a wardrobe staple simply through designing an everyday black dress – “Every women needs a little black dress”.
Historically fashion has been a reflection of social, political, cultural and economic changes, symbolising the spirit of the times. When we look back at the different generations there is always a fashion trend associated with it, whether its the 1920’s and flapper dresses, or the 1970’s and bell bottoms – Fashion has had a huge influence on our history.
So just as Miranda Priestly said “And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff”
– Sarah Noel Nonis