Monday, 22 January 2018

The Body: Fashion + Physique


We visited the Museum at the FIT on the last day of my trip to New York. The exhibition which was on was "The Body: Fashion and Physique." On display were garments from different ears which were structured in the pinnacle style of the time. It was interesting to see how the fashions changed so dramatically from era to era. Early on the body was seen as a plain, rather boring base that fashion designers used to morph into unnatural silhouettes. For example the corset and the bustle which changed the natural physical shape were the height of fashion in the 18th and 19th century. After a long time hiding and morphing this natural silhouette, in the 1920's the fashions adopted a flat and straight look which didn't exaggerate women's physical features and had a more masculine "garcon" aesthetic. This changed again in the 1940's and 50's where clothes became more structured and accentuated features again like the pointed bra. Yet in the 90's the flat masculine style came back into fashion. It shows how fashion flows in and out of unnatural and then natural styles. Currently we are in a period in which clothing is comfortable and practical as well as fitting the natural form of the body. This has been the case for a number of decades now and it will be interesting to see when this eventually changes and we enter a period of abnormality again.



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