Have you noticed how some fashion ‘trends’ never actually go out of style?
The big spring/summer fashion debate has been stripes vs florals for decades and not just for hanging out on yachts or going to garden parties. Using archive photography, art and illustration see a visual history of these timeless opposing styles; from gamine Breton stripes to feminine florals.
If in doubt mix it up!
The sailor stripe style was introduced in 1858 as the uniform for the French navy and became a fashion hit when Coco Chanel incorporated the stripes into her 1917 nautical collection. The casual design helped break away from the heavily corseted fashion of the time, forever changing female fashion.
The Ancient Greeks and Egyptians used flowers for adornment and in the Roman Period floral inspiration was worked into royal crowns. This is still a popular look for many festival fans over the summer months.
It is thought that the first floral printed fabrics originated from the East, with ornate designs sold to Europeans at very high prices. It was a symbol of status to wear a floral pattern, unlike many of the floral dresses on the high street today.
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