TIME FOR SUSTAINABLE

Written By- Nikita Rajani

[Guided By- Ms. Neeyati Pathak and Ms. Monika Malik]

Indian ethnic wear is one of the most elegant cloth that people love to wear. Today many designers blend traditional and modern designs and bring out the Indian aesthetic. The rich natural resources of India for making and decorating textiles are extraordinary. Due to various geographical regions and climate changes, we have a great range of plant fibers and natural dyes for the cultivation, weaving, dying, printing and embroiderers making. Over centuries, most regions developed specialties based on local resources, such as the golden silks of Assam, the fine cottons of Bengal, or the red dyes of south-east India. Craftspeople of India use amazing skill-set to process raw materials and produce different variety of dyes, weaves, prints and embroideries regionally.

In the last few years, we have been talking about “Sustainable Fashion” but what is it actually? Sustainable fashion is a process of change in fashion and fashion system leading towards eco-friendly fashion(eco-fashion).

We all have become advance – especially in fashion. This is the generation of technology and with the use of technology we do shopping online. Selecting the products and just in single click we have our desired product. But moving with technologies do not give the power to exploit the environment. Today everybody will agree to the fact that fast fashion have reached to such a point that we can not help but fall for it.  Due to so much exploitation of environment and resources now sustainable fashion has become a movement for Eco-fashion system.

REUSE

Knowingly or unknowingly, India have always been conscious about sustainable fashion. We have been using and passing the clothes to generation to generation. For instance, our grandmother passed her traditional saree to our mother and in similar manner our mother has passed the same saree to us. We easily get attached to the traditional clothes and with passing those traditional clothes, values are also been passed. So, reuse of clothes has emotional values and is a sustainable fashion.

UP-CYCLE

Today everybody has their own way of style and fashion. Over the years we have noticed how people recreate their old stuff by upcycling them. Like- making lehenga and choli or kurta from old sarees. Upcycle is method of bringing up the sustainable balance in your wardrobe collection. Upcycling not only good for environment but also allow us to be more creative with old products. Upcycle benefits to low production cost and of course saves our natural resources, thus it is a way to create a balance in the eco system.

KANTHA

Kantha is a type of embroidery originated from Bengal state, also known as Nakashi. Earlier, kantha was used to make quilts and blanket in rural areas of Bengal. Layers of layer of old sarees were stitched to make quilt and blanket and running stitch was used at the edge of the design. Later the running stitch was used with motifs like birds, flowers, shapes, animals. Then the kantha embroidery were spotted on sarees also which now has become a type of style in this vast fashion world. So, it was way before today that old craftsmen of India have used sustainable fashion to create quilt blanket.

TRADITIONAL DYING TECHNIQUE

We are familiar with Indian traditional techniques of dying and printing such as- Kalamkari, Block printing, Bandhani, Bagru, Dabu and many more. Old craftsmen of India have always been a step a when it comes to sustainable fashion because these traditional techniques use dyes extracted from nature like vegetable, flower, turmeric, indigo, etc. Using organic dyes and resources and creating organic clothes and products is again comes under sustainable fashion.

Sustainable fashion does not only limit to fashion but also to create a sustainable and fair system in fashion with the labor exploitation. For example-For ages our weaving, dyeing embroidery industries have been run by families, passing on the skills and techniques from generation to generation. Thus, there was no exploitation, no unfair wage practices that comes under ethical and fair-trade fashion which is a sustainable fashion.

India being so active in creating and producing sustainable products its true that we ourselves have lost the track of it because of technology, polyester and western fashion. No doubt, we have been adapting western culture and style in fashion, forgetting our past tradition. Now, western people have realized the need of sustainable fashion system and again we are following them for this and getting back to our route of traditional and sustainable fashion.

I hope this blog was encouraging enough for being sustainable.

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MACRO TREND- AN IMPACTFUL SHIFT

Written by- Nikita Rajani

[Guided by- Ms. Neeyati Pathak and Ms. Monika Malik]

Trend is a peak point of any activity or object which becomes popular among people or even worldwide. One of the reasons any trend is accepted by people so easily and quick is because trend is made and spread by the people only. Anything that attains popularity at specific point of time is considered as Trend. Today all of us are on social media and being regularly active on social media making anything so popular and calling that as “Trend”. For instance, making reels on Instagram is a trend. While using twitter also first we see what is trending on number 1(#trending). So, having said that people only create trend and likewise it is spreading and gaining popularity by people.

Now talking about Fashion trend, many people confuse trend with fashion. Trend can be anything like a debatable topic can be a trend, using any phrase can become a trend, new gadget in the market can become trendy. Fashion signifies the popular style, dress, accessories and even personality. Fashion keeps on changing with season and environment and so the fashion stuff becomes trend so easily but these two words trend and fashion have two different meanings. Fashion and trend are the major topics nowadays and so both are used interchangeably. Fashion trend is the popular and trendy aspects of fashion and its industry, like Power Suit in 80’s or color of the season and so on.

 There are mainly 4 types of trend- Macro trend, Micro trend, Mega trend and Fad. Some trends become popular for 3-5 years, some trends go away within a year or even a month, some trend go and come back after few years. But there is trend that became a trend and change the society and sociology aspects called as Macro trend.

Macro trends are slow paced trends but had a great impact on large population and society also known as global trend. Macro trends are important because they are managed by global power which have great impact on all of us – the ways of economical force changing globally, population changes over generations, environmental pressures, and much more. Macro trend are slow paced because we all know introducing any new change in the society due to the need and betterment of the people. Let’s look at some of the examples of macro-trend.

The two main examples of macro trend that we witness today are- Denim and Social media.

Denim: Denim was basically introduced for labors because of its sturdiness. Since all the men were on the war during World War 2, so women were the one who were working for their livelihood and so they started wearing denims and gave up on the regular long dresses. It was time of freedom to wear the comfortable and light dress for women.

Since 1950 till the date denim is such a fabric that is never out of fashion and is the fabric that is worn by all the classes- be it elite group or upper class or even lower-class people everyone is wearing denim. Denim popular for everyday casual-wear and also styled up for party.

With changing technology, denim had changed with the demand and technology. Like- when the skinny and body-hugging dress were on demand, denim introduced as skinny jeans. Not only denim was used as bottom but also worn as top & skirts, denim is available in so many different variety and styles.

 Now people are so obsessed with denim that maternity denim dress are also popular in market. Hence, denim has come long way with creating a huge impact on society and even on fashion world.

Social media: Today each one of us are on some social media. People are connecting with each other being on different places through social media like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and so many.

The main purpose of social media was to connect the people but now this have become new world altogether. Now social media is a platform for business also, people are making a good amount of money through social media.

People are showing their talent and are actually getting reorganization. Not only this, social media is now used as a medium to spread awareness and give messages. As said before, social media is another world where we spend more than half of our time scrolling feeds, doing business, showcasing talent, learning new stuff. Today we are the witness of the pandemic that hit last year. Not only economically we were disturbed but our education system was also unstable but thanks to social media platforms that all the students were getting their education through online classes.

Some other examples of macro trend:

E-commerce:

Technology:

Sustainability:

Macro trend are the here to shape the market to benefit the society. No one can predict the future but future can be invented as per the need for change that is why macro trend has huge impact on the people across the world. The next major macro trend we can observe is the Sustainability, which is coming up slowly and steadily.

Hope this blog was informative and enjoyable read for you all.

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TREND : FADS

Written By- Namrata Jaiswal

Guided By- Ms. Neeyati Pathak and Ms. Monika Malik

Fads are activities or objects that are popular with a group of people over a short period of time. We can also say that fads are crazes because they are often seen as sudden, quick-spreading, and short-lived.

Fads may be anything like diets, clothing, hairstyles, music, dance, toys, and many more. As consumers, we identify whether a fashion trend is acceptable or not.

For example If you wear a new outfit or accessory and it gains popularity then you may consider it fashionable. Likewise fads become fashionable but only for short period of time.

Let’s see Some examples of fads:

PARACHUTE PANTS:

Parachute pants were one of the biggest fad examples. Peoples went crazy when parachute pants became so trendy but it did not leave for so long and does it become fad.

CROCS:

Crocs were becoming very popular among teens, kids and also among adults. The main reason behind the crocs became very popular that they are light weight, comfortable and also available in so many different colors which is attracting lot of youths. But due to lack of verity of design and style eventually crocs was also considered as fad after some time.

DALGONA COFFEE:

Making Dalgona Coffee during lockdown was a trend worldwide and it went viral on social media like tiktok and Instagram within days for a small period of time, which is why it will considered as FAD.

SHOE FLIP FASHION:

Shoe flip fashion was one of the most fun fashion trends on the Instagram. Everyone aced it and it was so entertaining to watch. With the flip of a shoe, we saw amazing talent not only in models but everyone flaunted with their unique sense of fashion. After few days it became a fad.

LIVE STREAM AT SOCIAL MEDIA:

Make-up artists, celebrities, musicians and other utilized this time under lockdown with live sessions. Celebrities held live streams where they would invite their fans for casual discussion. As the lockdown was over, trend of live session decreased.

As a consumer we determine whether a style is accepted or not. Other fads example from past are platform shoes, leather pants and paper dresses.

So you can see there isn’t a group of designers who decide what will be fashionable or trend. We are the one who decide what will or will not be accepted.  

So we are keeping our eyes open for next fad to rule the internet anytime.

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LIFE OF A MICRO TREND

Written By- Annu Taneja

Guided By- Ms. Neeyati Pathak and Ms. Monika Malik

What are Trends?

When a certain thing creates a “buzz” and is followed amongst the masses it is considered as a Trend. For example: Buying an iPhone is a trend for today’s generation. Trend is never fixed to a specific category and is flexible.

For example: After Priyanka Chopra Jonas wore a 23-meter veil for her wedding, wearing a long trail became a trend.

A trend is nothing but a general direction in which something is developing or changing. In this world of social media is something is in trend it is the matter of many posts.

Trends are basically of 4 kinds, Fads, Micro Trends, Macro trends and Mega Trends, all of them have a different lasting time.

Micro Trends

Micro trends are also known as ‘Market Trends’ because it is decided by the market. An micro trend usually has a life of 3-5 years. These trends are extremely active, diverse and appears one after the other very quickly. Micro trend is nothing but a growing group of people who share an intense choice towards a particular thing.

Examples of Micro Trends

Socks/fishnets with high heel sandals:- wearing socks/fishnets with high heel sandals was a huge trend look which took place at the end of 2018 and is still very much alive.

Facebook:- Facebook is a social- media platform which earlier was a niche service used only by a group of students, but it ended up being a major driver to the whole social-media movement.

Corset belts/ Waist corset:- Wearing broad corset belts was a huge trend led by the celebrities and influencers of the Instagram which created the buzz amongst the masses.

Huge Sleeves:- Recently playing around with the sleeves have become a trend. Bigger is better..!!

We live in a world full of trends and consciously or subconsciously we do fall for them, In fact we are the ones who create them by following them.

Hope now you are ready to be TRENDY…!!!

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THE MAGIC OF DARTS

Written By- Annu Taneja

[Guided by- Ms. Leela Taparia & Ms. Monika Malik]

This is the fifth part of the dart manipulation series in which we will learn how the bust dart is transferred into the Neck.

In case you missed the previous dart manipulation blogs, then click on the links below to have a read:

Dart manipulation is one of the most important techniques when it comes to pattern- drafting. The shape and fit of the garment depends on the darts. Darts manipulation converts a flat piece of fabric into a 3D garment.

Basically, dart manipulation means moving darts around the bodice block, where ever you want them. Darts don’t disappear; they are manipulated into a different position.

SO, basically there are 7 basic locations where you can transfer the dart. But, the possibilities are endless…you can move them to any location on the sloper.

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Image source: Metric pattern cutting for women’s wear by – Winifred Aldrich

To transfer bust dart into the nck, follow the steps mentioned below:-

1.Trace the front bodice block.

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Image source: Metric pattern cutting for women’s wear by – Winifred Aldrich

2.Mark the point ‘A’ anywhere on the Neck line and mark point apex point as point ‘B’. Join A-B with a straight line.

Image source: Metric pattern cutting for women’s wear by – Winifred Aldrich

3.Fold the bust dart and secure it with the help of glue. Then slash from point A to point B.

Image source: Metric pattern cutting for women’s wear by – Winifred Aldrich

NOTE:

  •  All vertical darts are folded towards the centre front or centre back of the garment. 
  • All the horizontal darts are folded towards the hem line of the garment.

4. Stick a paper underneath the slashed dart. And the bust dart has been manipulated into the neck.

This is how the manipulation of bust dart into the neck looks like on a ready garment.

Image source: Pattern Making For Fashion Design By – Helen Joseph-Armstrong

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DELIGHTFUL EXTRACT OF NATURAL DYES

Written by – Nikita Rajani

[Guided by – Ms . Leela Taparia & Ms.Monika malik

BEWITCHING EXTRACT OF NATURAL DYES

Nature is an amazing thing, as we get all sorts of resources from our mother nature. Talking about natural dyes- as suggested by the name, natural dyes involve extracting the dyes from naturally occurring sources which include leaves, roots, bark, wood, flowers, berries, fruits and vegetables. Most of the natural dyes are vegetable dyes. It is appreciable that for thousands of years, people have been making their own dyes to color the textiles. These natural dyes are truly organic ingredients that are extracted from natural environment.

However, in most commercial uses, synthetic dyes are commonly used as compared to natural dyes because synthetic dyes are available in variety of colors. But natural dyes are sourced from natural surroundings, so these are renewable dyes which count as one of the advantages of using natural dyes.

Other advantages of using natural dyes are these dyes are safe, eco-friendly, easy to use and healthy for the user.

In this blog, I am going to brief about the process involves in making natural dye using beet roots. Using beets as natural dye for clothes is probably the easiest way to get started and the color attained is a gorgeous, dusky pink color.

(Image source: Practically done by me



(Image source: Practically done by me)

Here is the process for natural dye using beetroots-

The required supplies:-

  1. Beetroots
  2. White fabric
  3. Vinegar
  4. Stock pots
  5. Water

The steps for natural dyeing are as follows:

Step 1: Peel some beetroots, and then cut them into large chunks.

(Image source: Practically done by me
(Image source: Practically done by me)
  • Step 2: Place the beets into a pot and fill the pot with water.

To create an OMBRE effect, prepare two shades of pink color- light and dark pink.

Step 3: Use fewer beets and more water in one pot for light pink.

(Image source: Practically done by me)

 

Step 4: Use more beets and less water in other pot for dark pink.

(Image source: Practically done by me)

 
  • Step 5: Place the white fabric into separate pot. Fill the pot with a ratio of  ¼  vinegar and  ¾ water.
  • Step 6: Bring the pots to boil on the flame.

Wait for the water to come to boil.

  • Step 7: Now reduce the heat to low.

Let the pot simmer for 11/2 to 2 hours.

  • Step 8: Empty the water from the fabric pot and remove the beets from both dye pots.
(Image source: Practically done by me)

 
  • Step 9: Dip the fabric to the 1st level in the light pink color.
  • Step 10: Now dip the fabric to the 2nd level in the dark pink color.
  • Step 11: Remove the fabric from the dye pot and dry it in the sun.
(Image source: Practically done by me)

Natural dyes are valued for their purity. Natural dyes are today’s need as these are more beneficial for the environment when compared to synthetic dyes. Textile industries have started to be more inclined towards natural dyes and recognized the benefits of natural dyes. Nowadays textile industries are also making choice in purchase of eco-friendly natural dyes as these dyes are non-toxic and non-allergic.

Hoping this blog was a remarkable for you all and will surely help you to create attractive natural dye.

Adorn your household textiles with organic natural dyes making by yourself at home.

To see how I dyed my white t-shirt with pink color using beetroot, click to the link below:

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FAUVISM- COLOR OVER REALITY

Written by – Nikita Rajani

[Guided by – Ms. Leela Taparia & Ms. Monika Malik]

At the beginning of the 20thcentury, the art world was going through a period of renewal. Part of this was brought by Fauvism, which was the first major avant-garde movement in Europe.

Fauvism developed in France to become the first new artistic style of 20th century. Fauvism paintings first formally exhibited in Paris in 1905 at Salon d’Automne. The contrast to traditional art was so striking it led critics to describe the artists as “Les Fauves” or “wild beast” and thus the name of this movement was born.

The best known Fauvist artists include Henri Matisse, Andre Derain and Maurice Vlaminck who pioneered this artistic movement. Fauvism favors the use of bold, unrealistic colors. Color used , free of traditional purpose for the sole purpose of  painting.  However, Fauvism lasted till 1910, but it had an significant impact on the other art movements, in relation to the use of abstraction and color.

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Characteristics of Fauvism

Artists of fauvism were the true nature-lover which they expressed through their art. Fauvism paintings focus on individual expression. It was involved with getting in touch with an emotional reality. Instead of painting the real world, Fauvists painted their imaginary world, they painted freedom.

The Fauves were among the first artists to place a strong focus on abstraction and simplified forms. They seemed to have no interest in carefully using depth and form on the canvas like the artists who came before. Fauvists often used powerful, strong , bright but above all pure colors, applied thickly on the canvas, sometimes straight from the tube.

Characterised by small brush strokes of unblended colors, Derain used short brush strokes while Vlaminck used longer swirling strokes. Their developments in abstraction and simplified form paved the way for the following artmovements like Cubism and Expressionism.

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Artists of Fauvism and their artwork

For the Fauvists, color prevails over the realistic depiction. Matisse used this rule of Fauvism as a fundamental rule throughout his work. The choice of color could be completely arbitrary or something that the artist sees in his mind. For example, trees can be red or blue and people can be green. Such approach was highly unusual for the period. Nature was the favorite subject for Fauvists to paint. Matisse and Derain depicted the places of South France  and Vlaminck was interested in working in the North of France.

Some of the famous artworks of Fauvism

Image Source – https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woman_with_a_Hat

This is the artwork of Matisse called as Woman with a Hat. Colors used by Matisse in this painting are unnatural, the strokes are bold and the forms have been simplified. This painting was unveiled at the first Salon in 190

Henri  Matisse, Luxe, Calme et Volupte,1904
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This work of Matisse clearly indicates the artist’s stylistic influence. This artwork reflects the influence of Pointillism, a style which is characterized by the use of dots of color,  distort the form. The color of the painting like orange, yellow, green and other color maintain their own discrete places on the picture plane. These colors are almost overpowering its vibrant impact.

Maurice de Vlaminick, The River seine at Chatou, 1906
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This is the artwork of Vlaminck, known as The River Seine at Chatou. Vlaminck used short strokes of color, directly from the tube without mixing or preparing. He painted the water using a broken color technique. Bright colors and wavy lines could pull the attention on the eyes.

Fauvism inspired fashion

This art movement was a short lived art movement but it had its impact on fashion as well. This was the 1st artistic movement of 20th century, which has inspired the avant- garde  of 21st century.  Fashion and art have always had a close relation, fashion influenced by Fauvism could create a rebellious look. Many designers of today had used the color and pure nature of fauvism to create a strong and inspiring collections, which had great impact on the world of fashion. Here are some of the Fauvism inspired looks

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ART NOUVEAU: The Movement of Change

Written By- Annu Taneja

[Guided By- Ms Monika Malik]

INTRODUCTION:

Art Nouveau is an ornamental style of art which took place around 1890 till 1910 in parts of Europe and United States. It wouldn’t be incorrect to say that this movement was a rebel to the 19th century art and design and usually dominated the amalgamated version of those style. The term “Art Nouveau” originated from the description of work of an artist group Les Vingt and S. Bing, in Paris who named his gallery L’Art Nouveau. In fact, the style of art nouveau gained its popularity in different names at different places, like, Jugendstil in Germany, Stille Floreale in Italy, etc.

During the late 18th century and early 19th century, the world witnessed the union of east and west. It was during this time when famous Japanese woodblock prints like flowing lines, Spiral lines, Twirls inspired the western artists so much that it resulted in the outbreak of ART NOUVEAU MOVEMENT. There are possibilities every now and then that everyone has admired art nouveau style without even knowing it. In French the word means “new art”, which perfectly describes the movement in just two words. Art nouveau was hugely criticised before gaining much acceptance during its time period. It was insulted by German critics to the extent of calling it “tapeworm style”.

There is a common notion circulated amongst artists that art nouveau was inspired by patterns, swirling flowing lines and florals found in the background of the Vincent van Gogh’s artworks, whereas, some believed that it took its root from William Morris’s and his art and craft movement, which is why it is difficult to recognise the first work of art of this movement.

Tinted Glass By William Morris – Image source: https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/351843789609473176/

This movement was truly considered a “modern” movement. Even though the inspiration was taken from past but the art portrayed was contrary and realistic. It created such a huge impact that it influenced the masses in every field including fashion, architecture, interior and applied arts. It was the time when modernity was speeding up at an unmatchable pace. It was the new age of steamships, airplanes, telecommunications, electricity, moving films, mass industry, urbanisation, etc., some of which was a result of industrial revolution. It was a time where several inventions where happening simultaneously, the speed of change was unacceptable frightening for some. It was a very brief movement and was soon taken over by Art Deco.

STYLE OF ART NOUVEAU

The elements of design played a very important role in the style of art nouveau movement. Art nouveau was driven towards the natural style art and architecture. Art nouveau was not restricted to paintings it also brought modernisation in everything from interior & architecture to even graphics and other forms of visual art. The style of art nouveau was characterised by asymmetrical, and rising line and falling patterns in the form of lines, which took its shape in the form of flowers, buds and different motifs inspired by nature. The use of long organic lines with moderate and dark colours stood out to be its signature.

The main object in every art work was the portrayal of new empowered modern women of femininity as her virtue. The colour palette consisted of muted colours including, olive green, carnation pink, muted yellow, and periwinkle blue. Simplicity, soft colours and detailed two-dimensional art became the style of Art Nouveau.

POPULARITY OF ART NOUVEAU IN FASHION

Art nouveau was a decorative style which took its inspiration from nature all around. It soon became a way of promoting designs for the designers. As we moved from the Edwardian era to the “new art” movement where everything was changing, fashion was changing too. There was no glimpse of tight corsets and bodices, instead loose-fitting flowing gowns were making its mark. Designers and artists used to collaborate to promote each other. If a poster was made, the model would definitely be seen in a designer dress and Alphones Mucha was the most famous artist of that time who took commercialism to another level.

Image source: https://mymodernmet.com/alphonse-mucha-art-nouveau-posters/

FAMOUS ARTISTS

The famous artists belonging to this art movement made a huge contribution with their individual styles. Alphones Mucha, Gustav Klimpt, Aubrey Beardsley, are some of the famous names.

ALPHONES MUCHA

Alphones Mucha was an icon involved in paintings, theatre, furniture, jewellery and he used to do a lot of commercial work in the form of posters and advertisements. He loved the portrayal of the new image of a women which represented changing times representing women femininity and empowerment at the same time. one of his famous poster “GISMONDA” is shown below:

Have a look at his famous poster:

GUSTAV KLIMPT

Klimpt was first recognised before art nouveau, with his style of decorative painting of historical figures and scenes. He was recognised as an art nouveau artist in 1897 when he formed a group to bring modern European art to Austria. His most recognizable work is “The Kiss” which was one such art piece of his which included a man. Klimpt also focused on mostly portraying women in his artworks.

Have a look at his famous artwork:

AUBREY BEARDSLEY

Aubrey Beardsley was a favourite illustrator of this time. He was famous for his impressive impact on art of illustration. His most famous yet controversial illustration was “The Dancers Reward (Salome)”

Have a look at his famous illustration:

The Dancers Reward (Salome)- Image Source: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/822367

INFLUENCE ON RUNWAY

Although art nouveau lasted for 20 years, it left its unbeatable mark so much so that art nouveau has stood the test of times and never fails to find its relevance even today.

Many designers take their inspiration from art nouveau and portray beautiful floral organic prints on the runway especially Alexander MC queen. A lot of inspiration has been taken in the sense of silhouette from Paul Poiret. Designer Anna Sui is always seen taking inspiration from the movement especially her Spring 2010 collection and Spring 2015 collections in which she beautifully portrayed key elements and style of this movement. It has encouraged designers to look around the nature and find inspiration, instead of searching it in books.

So if you are looking for some inspiration, look around and observe the nature around you, it will surely help you reach the best version of your creative mind.

What is life without florals anyway? Thanks to Mucha for leaving behind so much inspiration.

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ANCIENT EGYPTIAN CIVILISATION

Written By- Namrata Jaiswal

[Guided By- Ms Monika Malik]

INTRODUCTION

The Egyptian period started approximately in 4000 BC, and ended with the death of Cleopatra VII in 332 BC.

Ancient Egyptians loved fashionable clothing and accessories. Clothing style was simple yet elegant. Egypt has been and remains, one of the most powerful reservoirs of inspiration, touching so many aspects of fashion world. Egyptian clothing was filled with a variety of different colours, decorated with precious gems and jewels. The fashions of the ancient Egyptians were made for not only beauty but also comfort. Egyptian fashion was constructed to keep cool while staying in hot desert. Egyptians made a major contributions to fashion in this light by giving us the fabulous Linen.

Women costumes:

Egyptian women wore a transparent, close-fitting sheath made from very fine linen. Over this was worn the kalasiris, which is a semi-transparent robe and has knots on the chest enhanced with the traditional broad jewel-encrusted collar.

Women’s hair was often decorated with forehead bands, clips, gold ornaments, ribbons and flowers.

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Women Hairstyle. Image Source: https://in.pinterest.com/pin/247064729530637993/

Heavy eye makeup was used . The face was painted with a white lead-based cream. The lips, cheeks were tinted orange-red, the eyes outlined with black kohl. Eyebrows were curved down around the eye.

Most of the clothing in Ancient Egypt was made of linen; a few items were made from wool. Description from dxireddiamond.blogspot.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images
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Gold was used in all forms of jewels, including hair accessories, necklaces, belt, earrings, chains, bracelets, rings and medals.

Etruscan Art. Jewels. Polychromatic ornament by Auguste Racinet.
Ancient Egyptian Jewellery Image Source: https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/315885361365013188/

MEN’S CLOTHING

The basic garment for men was the shenti, a loincloth wrapped around the hips and fastened with the belt. Several transparent skirts were worn over the shenti which were knee-length or short and were stiffened into a triangular shape similar to a pyramid.

Men were clean-shaven. Hair was worn short to accommodate the real hair or woolen wigs worn by all well dressed Egyptians. Wigs were dyed black, blue, red.

INFLUENCE ON FASHION

It is an universal fact that designers of the modern day get their inspiration from the past. Egyptian fashion is an apt example of the same. A lot of gold and the royal symbols are used as an inspiration. Egyptian fashion is all about simplicity and comfort. In today’s world Egyptian symbols and patterns (especially the symbol of “eye of horus”) are taken as inspiration by many leading and upcoming designers which they use to create contemporary fashion.

Highly-detailed, glittering gold dress inspired by Egypt’s ancient queen:

One of the important motif of Egyptian clothing was the flower Lotus which signified the symbol of sun and creation. It also includes “The Ankh” which signifies the eternal life and “Wadget” which represents healing, protection, good health and royalty.

Maxi dress embellished with ancient Egyptian royal symbols:

This look is created by taking inspiration from Egyptian men, Pharaho (rulers) who usually wore a triangular shape outfit with artificial beard made of metal which signifies their connection with God.

Egyptian clothing was one such clothing which was very simple yet beautiful. Each of their motif had a meaning behind it and was important for them. They also enhanced their simple clothing with heavy jewellery and makeup which made them look different from the others. They used the most simplest fabric, that is Linen.

So, simplicity is the new elegance……!!!

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FASHION FROM ANCIENT GREECE

Written By- Nikita Rajani

Guided by Ms Monika Malik

INTRODUCTION

Greek civilisation started from 700 BC and lasted till 53 BC. It was mainly based on necessity, function, materials and protection. Clothes were quite simple in the form of drape, fluid, free flowing and loose-fitting. during ancient Greek civilisation clothes that were worn were handwoven and were influenced by the clothing of ancient Egyptians. In other words, the piece of clothing was ancient version of modern day cloaks and wrap around, fluid draped and nudity depending on the place and occasion.

For the poorer and lower classes, garments were plain coloured, white or reddish-brown. The upper classes used dyes and decorated clothing with simple borders or all-over patterns and embroidered in multiple colours. Social hierarchy used to establish by easily recognisable form for both men and women in an outfit called Chiton.

Chiton in ancient Greece
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Chiton was draped cloth, fastened on the shoulders with pins and brooches known as Fibulae. It was left open at the side and wrapped around the body. The wearing of the Chiton developed into sophisticated forms of folding, twisting and wrapping. Belts and girdles were worn on the waist or hips. Accessories included hats, walking stick, gloves and leather sandals.

WOMEN’S CLOTHING

The clothes worn by women in Ancient Greece was a long tunic called the Peplos. It was a long piece of cloth that was fastened at about the waist with a belt. Peplos was worn over chiton. It often featured brightly coloured woven patterns of wavy lines, oval shapes, animal and scenes. At first wool was a favoured fabric but this later changed to lighter textiles such as linen, occasionally silk, cotton and flax fibre known as Byssus.

The outermost garment worn by both men and women was the Himation. Himation was another rectangular fabric initially worn as a cloak around the shoulder, it later developed into an elaborately draped garment often worn over the head.

Women’s hairstyles were delicate and complicated- chignons, braids, ringlets and sometimes hair was bleached.

MEN’S CLOTHING

Men generally wore chiton tunic which was sometimes shorter than the women’s tunic. Men also wore Himation which was sometimes worn without chiton.

Himition is a floor length garment which is worn behind the back and draped around the shoulder in a similar way a chiton is worn. They usually used to sew lead weights at the end of their garment, which helped them sway their body movements.

Greek Lead Weights
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Instead of regular Himation, warriors and travellers sometimes used to wear a shorter garment commonly known as Chlamys over the Chiton.

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Men’s hair were curled to frame the face , tied back and were often bearded. Unrestrained use of jewellery was common.

Both men and women wore numerous jewellery including gold chains, pendants, rings, bracelets and jewelled pins.

INFLUENCE ON TODAY’S FASHION

Ancient Greek culture has influenced modern designers over and over again. Modern interpretation of Greek costumes has an amazing and graceful look. Sheer, light and draping Greek inspired elements which brings together the power of femininity and elegance.

A cylindrical piece of cloth can be made into a dress and a top with a morphing neckline. A little black dress can be worn forward, or backward with caped sleeves. Cone shaped cloth can be converted into a shirt and skirt which has no front or back and can we worn both ways. Designer’s nowadays captures Ancient Greek beauty with elegant draped shapes to revive classically fluid forms in their designs.

With a flurry of ruffles, pleats, and drapes, Greek clothing displays a spectacular look in fashion shows. The most interesting aspect of Grecian clothing is that it can be twisted, tied, and wrapped to create different outcomes and looks.

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In 2011, Gaultier exhibited Greek inspired originally pleated gown:

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The classic chiton is extremely popular among designers as well as celebrities who have given it new life in today’s fashion. One shoulder gown is popularly increasing trend.

Versace spring 2015 Greek Men’s inspired runway looks:

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Greek inspired footwear:

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Greek inspired jewellery:

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Greek clothing styles were very elaborated and way ahead of their time. Modern fashion designers have acquired a lot of inspiration from Ancient Greeks. They are loved for its beauty and simplicity.

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