Category: Fashion

Men’s Fashion Post-WII: From Frills to Informality

Men’s Fashion Post WWI: From Frills to Informality Though WWI had a significant impact on women’s fashion and most men donned a military uniform during this period, the effect of the war can still be seen in men’s fashion.  In post-WWI society, gone were the days of the ostentatious and opulent dress of the Edwardian…

Freedom through Fashion

Check out this short video from the Wall Street Journal discussing how the war led to women’s freedom, especially when it comes to fashion.  What do you think?  Can freedom be defined through fashion?

Coco Chanel: Because Who Doesn’t Love a Cardigan?

In Paris December 1918 everyone was dressed in black. Minimal jewelry, often fashioned out of ammunition or brooches holding a loved one’s strand of hair, donned those reuniting or grieving (Brower). Edwardian fashions could still be seen, but a young woman named Coco Chanel had set up shop at 31 Rue de Cambon offering simple…

The War is Long, but Skirts are Short

In the years leading up to the war, women’s fashion was brightly colored and ornate. Paul Poiret was the most prominent designer of the time, drawing his inspiration from many Eastern sources such as the Russian ballet and the Japanese kimono. Practical is the last word anyone would use to describe these styles; just consider…