Sunday, October 11, 2009

Draping and Tailoring

Historical Draped Garments

The Bustle
Occurring predominantly between the mid- to late 1800s, bustles were worn under the skirt in the back, just below the waist, to keep the skirt from dragging. The bustle later developed into a feature of fashion on its own after the overskirt of the late 1860s was draped up toward the back and some kind of support was needed for the new draped shape. Fullness of some sort was still considered necessary to make the waist look smaller.

The Kimono
The kimono is a Japanese traditional garment worn by women, men and children. The word "kimono", which  means a "thing to wear" has come to denote these full-length robes. Kimonos are T-shaped, straight-lined robes worn so that the hem falls to the ankle, with attached collars and long, wide sleeves. Kimonos are wrapped around the body, always with the left side over the right (except when dressing the dead for burial), and secured by a sash called an obi, which is tied at the back.

The Halston Dress
Roy Halston Frowick, also known as Halston, was a clothing designer of the 1970s. His long dresses or copies of his style were popular fashion wear in mid-1970s discotheques. Halston was famous for his draped jersey dresses. He was very much inspired by classical Greek and Roman draping.

Historical Tailored Garments

The Military Uniform
Military uniforms comprises standardised dress worn by members of the armed forces and paramilitaries of various nations. Military dress and military styles have gone through great changes over the centuries from colourful and elaborate to extremely utilitarian. Military uniforms in the form of standardised and distinctive dress, intended for identification and display, are typically a sign of organized military forces equipped by a central authority.

The Chanel Suit
The classic Chanel suit has "boxy" lines. In a sense, wearing a Chanel suit is like wearing a customized ornate costume, made to fit so that when the wearer moves, the suit still maintains perfect grace and elegance.  This look was the uniform of elite high society women all over the world. That particular look made the label Chanel synonymous with wealth and class.

The Classic Men's Suit
A well-made suit is not just a crucial business accessory; it also sends a subtle message that distinguishes the wearer as a person of discretion, taste and, in many cases, as someone with a large bank account.
In the past, the suit revealed the wearer's background.