History continues to be underlying inspiration to modern Fashion
History has created Fashion trends that have continued to remain present in the Fashion World for many years, some that will stay fashionable and some will eventually disappear. To this day, Fashion Design Houses such as Moschino are still taking influence from iconic events and people from history and taking this into their brand with a modern twist.
Moschino, the luxury Italian Fashion House, presented a AW20 show at Milan Fashion Week helmed by Jeremy Scott, was inspired by Marie Antoinette. He went on the idea of ‘Anime Antoinette’ mixing a contrast of the infamous French Queen’s pastel shades, frills, large panelled skirts and intricate embroidery with her iconic towering hairstyles with a Tokyo twist. He mixed detailed tiles for for a King and Queen with printed moto jackets on models such as, Gigi and Bella Hadid, as well as Kaia Gerber.
French Fashion House, Givenchy also used historical characters to influence their SS20 collection. Clare Waight Keller, Givenchy’s designer, sent a botanical infused collection to Paris Fashion Week inspired by Kent’s Sissinghurst Castle and the romantic relationship between it’s curator Vita Sackville-West and her lover poet, Virginia Woolf. She created an intensely feminine, floral based collection, full of tulip shaped skirts, dark floral prints and sculptural gowns, cleverly crafted to look as though made of petals. The show consisted of many famous models such as Kaia Gerber walking the collection down the runway.
Off-White, a Milan based Fashion House, brought a collection based on Princess Diana to the SS18 Paris Fashion Week catwalk by Virgil Abloh. He spent months studying the late Royal’s iconic fashion style. Rather than copying the designs, he injected a modern touch onto the designs, collaborating the sophisticated style with off white’s streetwear. Using some of her iconic dresses as the main frame of inspiration, but tweaking to fit off white’s signature style. Fashion Icon Naomi Campbell closed the show with a white tailored jacket, that would suit Diana’s style perfectly, and white above knee leggings with logo ‘OFF’ on one leg.
Written By Lucie Kyle