Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Wear a Fringe Dress

There is something magical about the 1920's, the so-called Jazz Age, a period of playfulness and carefree enthusiasm just as jazz itself, characterised by an ongoing improvised melody. A fringe dress is highly reminiscent of this period, bringing to mind energetic dance moves and smiling faces.

Marchesa and Jean Paul Gaultier couture
Marchesa and Jean Paul Gaultier couture (photos: edited from

It was Diana Vreeland's favourite era and a significant time for women when the corsets were left behind in favour of new shapes adapted to an active lifestyle without the many restraints of the past. In the art world, it was the beginning of both Art Deco and Surrealism, two fascinating movements which continue to inspire us all.

Versace and Nina Ricci
Versace and Nina Ricci (photos: edited from

And let's not forget about the rich literature, from Ernest Heminghway to F. Scott Fitzgerald, many authors from this period continue to be revered to this day. We are all very curious to see the work of Miuccia Prada in "The Great Gatsby" film and some designers have punctuated their latest collections with a fringe dress. 

Marchesa and Alberta Ferretti
Marchesa and Alberta Ferretti (photos: edited from

It is incredibly feminine and alluring. There is nothing quite like it to translate what the French call joie de vivre, a celebration of life through its vibrant movements. One thing is certain, it never fails to impress!   

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Art Deco Fashion