Fashion Through the Ages: Which Silhouette Were You Meant to Have?
You don't need a time machine to draw inspiration from the past. Browse through this history of fashion from my newest book, "My Fab Fashion Style File" and decide which silhouettes speak the most about you.
Silhouette: Slimming, fewer undergarments, loosened corsets, high- waist gowns, well constructed with lots of attention to detail (beading, tucking, insertions, appliques, etc).
Popular Designer: Paul Poiret (Born: Paris, France)
Silhouette: Fluid and soft (much less boning on dresses). Skirt hems rose above the ankle, and draping appeared on dresses.
Popular Designer: Jacques Doucet (Born: Paris, France)
Silhouette: Simplicity. Loose, shorter hemlines, lightweight fabrics.
Popular Designer: Coco Chanel (born: Saumur, France)
Silhouette: Longer skirts, single scoop or V-necklines, fur on coats. The fashion of this decade was heavily inspired by Hollywood starlets.
Popular Designer: Madame Grès (Born: Paris, France)
Silhouette: Shoulder gathering, V-necklines, and shorter skirts. Practicality greatly influenced the designs during this time.
Popular Designer: Christian Dior (Born: Granville, France)
Silhouette: Fitted and short but also loose and free. Structural garments with cinched waists showed off a woman's hourglass figure.
Popular Designer: Cristóbal Balenciaga (Born: Guetaria, Spain)
Silhouette: Empire-line dresses, structured, clean cut, shorter skirts, baby- doll look.
Popular Designer: Emilio Pucci (Born: Naples, Italy)
Silhouette: Maxi, mini, or midi-skirts, exotic and tropical prints, and halter necklines. Punk fashion was also very popular during this decade.
Popular Designer: Roy Halston Frowick (Born: Des Moines, Iowa, USA)
Silhouette: This decade was known for "power dressing." Woman's clothing had big shoulder pads, was structured, daring (underwear was outerwear), with revealing necklines.
Popular Designer: Calvin Klein (Born: Bronx, New York, USA)
Silhouette: Comfortable, loose fitting, colorful or punk, dark colors, with some industrial and military styles.
Popular Designer: Jean Paul Gaultier (Born: Arcueil, France)
Silhouette: Plunging necklines, long hippie-inspired skirts and dresses, corset tops. Clothes became much more revealing.
Popular Designer: Alexander McQueen (Born: London, United Kingdom)
Silhouette: Anything goes, from revealing (skinny jeans) to "boyfriend" cuts (oversized). Lots of vintage and vintage- inspired pieces.
Popular Designer: Marc Jacobs (Born: New York City, USA)