Out of fashion…is there such a thing?
Who hasn’t heard that a certain piece of clothing was out of fashion? Who hasn’t changed their outfit in the last minute because “nobody is using that style of clothing anymore”? However, the truth is, fashion doesn’t die. There is no such a thing as out of fashion. Some people say that it follows the seasons, while other people say it follows the on-going trends, there’s even some that risk themselves to say that it follows the current generation. Truth to be told, they’re all correct.
Historically, the fashion industry began in the 19th century by the hands of a designer called Charles Frederick Worth (13 October 1825 – 10 March 1895), an Englishman who lived in Paris, and then spread through magazines to the whole world. His works were so popular and influential that multiple stores, designers, and departments openly copied his style, increasing even more his presence in the French fashion scenery. Nowadays, Worth is known as the Father of Haute Couture, receiving praises for his courage and innovative way of dealing with his clothing line as, for example, he was the first to sew his brand name in to the clothes and to use live models. One of his famous features was the crinolines, a metal structure that held the dress in a predetermined styled position, which was used by most, if not all, royalty.
As the time went by, other designers appeared, some of which giving their own touch in the French fashion. Among others, there was Paul Poiret with his Orientalism and dresses that didn’t need help to be put on; there was also Jacques Doucet and his pastel colours along with his perfectly delicate dresses that never failed to impress his customers. So, as each designer gave their own touch at fashion, it became more detailed and eventually branched out to different styles under different names, becoming more and more detailed.
Nowadays, their legacy is kept by new designers, who, just like their ancestors, are trying to give their own touch at fashion. Pnina Tornai (25 November 1962), for example, is a renewed Israeli top couture designer who is known for her classical, yet sensual, style. Tornai is taking her place in the history of fashion by showing that there’s no need to divert from her predecessors nor to create a whole new style, instead, you can keep it classy and simple, but also adding your own touch. It also shows in official events, such as the Royal Wedding in May 19th, where the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle chose a long-sleeved classical white dress.
Maybe it’s coming back with the season or, maybe, this generation has a strong classical sense of style. However, the truth is current designers are relying more on classical style instead of trying new, different-styled gowns. Just like in the 19th century, the beautiful delicate dresses are back in store (were they ever out?) and, for the looks of it, they are going to stay.