Enduring Afrochic! I am investigating the historical origins of the fashion trend that had powerful currency throughout the 20th century. And it seems that “exotic” Africa will continue to inspire in the 21st century. Love and Theft! Love and Theft!
Africa Calling: Plumes and Prints
Louis Vuitton, by Marc Jacobs, spring/summer 2014, in Paris.
By SUZY MENKES
October 2, 2013
PARIS — The news of the departure of Marc Jacobs from Louis Vuitton overshadowed the final day of the Paris summer 2014 collections. But people in the audience were reminded of the designer’s exceptional skill at creating great fashion moments by this presentation, all in black, of showgirl clothes.
The models, with their giant Folies Bergère feather headdresses and jet-embroidered chiffon, looked dramatic. But they gave the impression that the party performance was over, not least because bluejeans were often worn under the finery as if the dancers were making their way home.
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As we read about haute couture, and I reveled in the gloriousness of this practice of hand fabricated garments, I recalled one of my favorite opulent gowns from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection: this Egyptian Revival 1912 gown by a New York dressmaker that went by the moniker Simcox. I discussed in this garment in my presentation on Egyptomania and fashion for the Common Threads symposium last spring. This piece predates the discovery and opening of King Tut’s tomb in 1922, but it was from the year that the famous bust of Nefertitti was unearthed. The beaded embroidery embellishing the gown contains several Egyptian motifs, especially on the front bodice.
The Resurgent Fashion of the Thirties
Here is a link to the September 5, 1938 issue of Life Magazine, particularly an article on Fall Fashions highlighting the (what was in hindsight very brief) resurgence of hoop skirts.
Here, too, is a commentary on the article and the RetroSpective show at the Museum at FIT from the Two Nerdy History Girls blog: http://twonerdyhistorygirls.blogspot.com/2013/08/what-every-girl-should-know-about.html