Dressed to Impress

Humaira is a student on a placement with us and a dress within the collection caught her eye. Here is what she has to sya about it:

Everyone is always talking about history repeating itself – we’ve had the riots, we’re working through the recession and war is continuous, but how about fashion?

 Yes, people do say that clothing comes in and out of fashion for a period of time but how about when something from 50 years ago makes a big comeback?  The very flattering dress pictured dates back to the 1960’s.

Think Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross and Audrey Hepburn. They all probably wore a dress in this style throughout their careers’ and led the general public to follow in their steps.

 But young people, such as my friends and I, will only wear something if a celebrity is wearing it. If a superstar isn’t wearing something then neither will we, so why are they suddenly back ‘in’?

 Well, celebrities and the media have a big effect on what the youth look like these days, as more or less everyone wants to style themselves like their icon, whether that be their hair, clothes or general attitude – I have had some pretty bad experience with hair dye before!

 The main reason for ‘Old School’ being back in is probably due to the impact on teens after watching T.V shows or movies such as Hairspray, Footloose (both remakes of older versions) and Dream Girls,. Watching re-runs of old shows such as ‘That 70’s Show’ or ‘Happy Days’ which air throughout the year and which I think are just eye catching and fab.

I also think that the 80’s is in fact a repeat of the 50’s, with the narrow ankle jeans, and so the noughties and double digit years are generally a repeat of the 60’s through to the 90’s with the flower power shirts and flowing trousers (I have to say I’d draw the line at padded shoulders and the boom boxes!)

 But fashion from the 60’s and 70’s isn’t the only thing that has come back in. Anyone know a ‘little’ superstar named Justin Bieber? His hair from when he first became famous that swept across his face pays a little resemblance to Sir Paul McCartney’s hair from when he was younger. The amount of young boys I’ve seen trying to pull that off is unbelievable!

 Perhaps modern fashion is nothing more than designers taking a look back in an old next catalogue and thinking they can just bring something back in – which in some cases it’s a pretty good effort. Any bets on whether the fluorescent frilly 80’s look will make a come back? I really hope it doesn’t.

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