If you look through the thread of history and study the varied fashion trends in society, you'll realize that every era has certain distinct styles and trends that they can boast of. In this article, we will be talking about the fashion trends that had their inception in the 1990s.The 1990s was a time that witnessed many fashion trends. From the introduction of the very bizarre style statements to the revival of fashion from the olden days, the 1990s was a time that literally had it all. There was a subtle side to glitz and there was also the rise of several looks like the grunge look. The 1990s was also a period when colors made a comeback and women took on a bold approach towards clothing. In the following sections, we shall take an in-depth look at some of the 1990s fashion trends and popular styles of clothing.
1990s' Fashion Trends
The grunge look was prominent in the 1990s. This was highly influenced by grunge music that became quite popular during this time period. The clothing was greatly influenced by the hit music groups. It was they who popularized particular clothing styles and trends that simply caught on.
The grunge look was particularly followed in 1992. Teens loved to sport long hair and wear zany sneakers in a splash of colors such as forest green and red. Apart from the grunge look, the 90's fashion clothing was also about short jackets that hugged the body.
Trousers and cargos created a stir and formed an integral part of the varied 1990s' fashion trends. Women began wearing trousers that were straight legged or flared. Men opted for the baggy look. Women wore cargo pants with strapped tops. This was particularly evident in 1998. Along with the cargo pants, the Capri pantsalso came to be used extensively and the trend stuck on. These are a rage even today. Men as well as women adopted this fashion in the 1990s.Leather remained on the fashion scenario as a 1990s' fashion trend, although it may not have been a complete rage during this era. 90's fashion clothing involved a lot of imitation leather pieces. Girls opted for halter designs and chic leather jackets. These were paired with mini skirts and high heels.
Women also had a variety of dresses to choose from. One particular design that caught the fancy of many women was the petticoat dress. These dresses were made of extremely soft material, had cowl necks and were very feminine in their overall look.Men adopted the punk look with great enthusiasm in the 1990s. Teens loved to dye their hair and sport trendy T-shirts. Yet another fashion trend of the 1990s were the vibrant colors sported by teens. Hip hugging denims became a style statement. These were worn with tank tops and accessorized with stylish bling jewelry. One popular design was the peace symbol, which was also seen on many T-shirts.
1990s' fashion trends were also about Goth clothing. The Goth look often raised quite a few eyebrows because of the various trends followed. The Goth look was more about creating drama. Black is the main feature of this trend, therefore, those who followed this trend with great passion wore black clothing and knee high black boots to belong to this group.
Workouts turned out to have a hip look during the 1990s. This was the time when lycra clothing made its mark in women's clothing. Clothing made from lycra sold like hot cakes. Such sporty clothing was soon incorporated as daily wear.
The trends in make up also shifted in the 1990s. One particular fashion trend that emerged in the 1990s was that of matte lipsticks. Deep shades of red and dark wine colors were worn as part of night make up.
The 1990s' thus saw a revival of certain trends from the earlier eras, as well as incorporated new ones into the same. While nothing is constant in the world of fashion, and fashion history will bring forth newer trends into the mix, the 1990s' have paved the way for several new trends in history and will continue to inspire designers in the future as well. By Kashmira Lad
When we think of fashion from the 1980s, we would generally think of colorful, bright apparel and accessories of glam metal bands in those times. The clothing and accessories that we wear today do have a deep relation with the 1980s fashion trends, as most of the current fashion comes from the clothing worn in those days. Let us take a look at what clothes, shoes, haircuts, and fashion accessories were being worn then.
1980s Fashion Trends
Men's 1980s Fashion
Hairstyles:The 1980s was the decade from when people started trying out different long hairstyles. A majority of people wore long and layered hairdos. And among rock musicians from the music industry, wearing rainbow-colored hair was a fad. Punks from those times preferred to wear Mohawks. Wearing short haircuts was kind of rare in the 1980s, unlike today.
Fashion Accessories: Piercings in the 1980s were as popular as they are at present. Style admirers used to get their eyes, nose, tongue, and ears pierced for wearing voguish fashion jewelry. Hair metal band members chose to wear dark and big glasses, unlike today's small glasses. Crocodile Dundee hats were also worn widely.
Clothing:People mostly used to wear casual black and neon T-shirts, rock band T-shirts, and leather clothing. Wearing jean and black and brown leather jackets was an important part of 1980s fashion. Sleeveless shirts were also considered stylish in those days. Youngsters preferred to wear tight leather pants, bright-colored trousers, stonewashed jean pants, and Corduroy pants. Men's clothing was usually accompanied by black leather boots or shoes.
Women's 1980s Fashion
Hairstyles:In the 1980s, women of all ages preferred to have a feathered look on their hair. Long shags were being worn by many fashion-loving girls. Like today, hair coloring was also famous then. Additional details and glitters on hairstyles were being given more importance. Wearing side ponytails was thought of being very stylish.
Fashion Accessories:Girls and women from the 1980s wore a heavy and bright makeup. Everyday fashion makeup in those times comprised having light-colored lips, dark and think eyelashes, pink and light blue blush ons, etc. Some of the most popular 1980s fashion accessories consist of big hoop earrings, slap bracelets, and hair bows.
Clothing:In the 1980s, off-shoulder shirts was best suited for teenage girls and young women. Even nowadays, many girls wear these shirts as a style that looks cool. Wearing 3/4th shirts was also considered a college look. When it comes to 1980s fashion clothing for women, most of these styles are widely used even in the 21st century. Such clothes are crop tops; tight-fitting stonewashed jeans; 3/4th legging, leg-warmers, or scrunch socks; super-tight mini skirts; etc. In footwear, women in the 1980s wore high tops and jelly shoes. High-heeled stilettos were also worn by ladies in the 80s. Read more on 1980s fashion clothing.
There are many famous personalities from the 1980s who made their own style statement which was being used or is being used by a lot of people around the world. Few of such people are The King of Pop-Michael Jackson, Madonna, Sylvester Stallone, Princess Diana, and Tom Cruise. Moreover, there were many other things which were common in men as well as women such as body piercing and tattoo making. Bandannas and skin-tight acid washed jeans were also worn by both boys and girls. By Stephen Rampur
1950s' Fashion: An Overview
During the Second World War, the British fashion market grabbed all opportunities, which was an attempt to capture a portion of the American market and flood it with British apparel. British fabrics were of exceptional quality being made with fine materials and knitted in royal designs. Winter collections like knitted sweater dresses with crew, cowl necks and shirt tabs from Orlon or Lambswool occupied the market. Marks & Spencer earned the name of 'the nation's fabric of 1950'. Jacques Fath's fashion garments included fully loose tent line duster and swing coat types.Men were inspired by signature styles of Marlon Brando and Elvis Presley. Simple casual shirts and pants tailored in fashionable cuts were preferred by male folks. Stripped jackets, waist coats with creased pants were the archetype of 1950s' fashion for men.
Fashion designers discovered the cowboy look, wherein men decked themselves in checked shirts, skinny pants and high leather boots. Shirts and coats had high rise collars and large buttons. Bell bottom pants on leather shoes looked utterly sophisticated. Conservative business suits became the hallmark of men's fashion of 50s. Their footwear mainly comprised leather shoes, boots and loafers.
James Dean and Troy Donahue emerged as fashion icons of fifties for their much popular hairstyles. Some of the versatile hairstyles were Apache with cropped side cuts, flat on top crewcut, pompadour and sideburns. Rockabilly hairstyles greatly influenced the punk culture. The greaser style was created by back brushing hair and then styling it with gels. Teens and adults were sheer fond of the typical hairstyle sported by Elvis Presley in the fifties. Vintage watches, hats and puffing cigar further uplifted their style quotient.Christian Dior's fashion designs dominated that era and created a history in the glamor world. He designed new pattern of skirts with fitted jackets. Mid length skirts with semi formal blouses were donned by middle age women. In the late 50s full length skirts were teamed with strapless boned tops. Stylish silhouettes with narrow waist and pencil slim tubular skirts established a high fashion statement.
Dior's buttoned up jackets were matched with bibs, dickeys and satin head scarves. Grace Patricia Kelly, Leslie Caron and Audrey Hepburn were perfect models for women's fashion of 50s. Boxy classic suit jackets and line jackets from Chanel's fashion house, hoop crinoline petticoats, whale bone petticoats, single net petticoats and straight silhouettes were much sought after by teens and youngsters. Bodice dresses, tulle boned, frilled and laced full skirts, woolen slub fabrics and tweeds emerged as classy outfits.
Hairstyles to a large extent were influenced by Audrey Hepburn. French plaits and ponytails were also in vogue. The typical kind of poodle, beehive and ducktail hairstyles cropped up in the 50s. Umbrellas, hats, furs, gloves, scarves and corsages were prominent symbols of the eclectic fashion prevailing in the fifties. Women also loved bright and bold makeup and cosmetics, especially from Max Factor. Stiletto heels, flat ballerinas and strapped sandals were the much preferred footwear of the female folk.
1950s' fashion was undoubtedly romantic and stylish. Women dressed elegantly while men poised a smart and classy look. Although it's a well-known fact that fashion keeps changing with time and generation, nothing can surpass the unique style that was established in the 1950s. By Saptakee Sengupta
During the early 1940s, when some of the countries were busy battling each other, the social dynamics of that decade suffered a setback. With the war on, everything from food to clothes was short in supply. Before the war and even after that, Paris was considered to be the haute couture capital of the world with Italy coming second in line. As these countries got engulfed in the World War II, the fashion designing, fashion shows and apparel industry in general across Europe and United States took a blow. Rationing came into existence in these troubled times and the government pulled strings to control fashion and over-expenditure in order to prevent people from spending on luxurious things rather than basic necessary items. The government controlled the amount of fabric to be used in a dress and made some mandatory rules in the hope of saving the decreasing supplies.
As a result, the ladies had to forgo wearing silk stockings, and make do with bobby socks, stitching seams in the skirts or by just shaving off hair from their legs. Similarly, the gentlemen also sacrificed their elaborate double-breasted suits and adopted single breasted suits with single pleated pants. Wool, silk, leather, nylon, etc. were utilized for making uniforms, shoelaces, parachutes and other items needed in the war. As the times was tough, the men and women rose to the occasion and did not give up on war or fashion.1940s' Fashion Trends
Make do and mend was the philosophy of this era. As opposed to earlier times, the focus turned to lighter cloths with the introduction of many different fabric materials. Women preferred broader shoulders. Padding for it was added in their clothing. With stockings being sparse, 1940s' fashion saw women ingeniously drawing a line at the back of their legs, to give the impression that stockings were worn. Less material was used to make skirts and jackets, and hence they became shorter. A decade before, what was considered as outrageously shocking like women wearing pants, became a commonplace event. However, the pants preferred by women were loose overalls or pants with boots.
Heels was still adorned by the ladies with the improvisation of slight platforms. Swing skirts were much in demand in those times, with the floral prints dominating the designs during the early 1940s and geometrical patterns becoming a popular style statement of late 1940s' fashion. When Paris and Milano were cut off from the rest of the world during the battles, United States fashion designers had to rely on their wits, instead of getting 'inspired' by their French and Italian counterparts, to create something out of the blue. They conjured up the sportswear which was ready to wear and practical for the women to don.
War had a similar ripple effect on 1940s' fashion for men. The vest disappeared, and bright-colored wide ties came into vogue. The zoot suit was another 1940s' fashion trend which was mainly worn by the Afro-American and Mexican American young men in United States. The zoot suits were wide legged and high waist pants with long coats. Wearing such an attire gave the men in the times of war much-needed confidence. But because of rationing and government restriction, such kind of garment was considered as outright rebellious and even unpatriotic.1940s' Fashion Highlights
A scarf which was folded in a triangle shape and worn as a hood by the women in the 1940s era. The two ends of the scarf are tied firmly under the chin. This look is inspired by the appearance of elderly Russian women called Babushka.
Ankle length, white socks were worn by the teenage girls of 1940s. They had thick cuff, usually trimmed with lace or ribbon which appealed to the young girls. Mostly worn as a part of school uniform, they were paired with oxford shoes or different kinds of loafers.
These were the riding pants which were worn with boots. Army issued jodhpurs for their men and women. This style of riding pants was popularized by Coco Chanel who wore it in 1920s after getting inspired by a groom.
Another clothing style which was prevalent in the early decades of 20th century was knickerbockers. These attires were baggy short pants worn by men or boys. Later on, knickerbockers were adorned by sportsmen, while engaging in golf, rock climbing, bicycling etc.
It's a short overskirt or ruffle that became a must-have in the wardrobes for women of 1940s. It was flared to hint bigger hips. It was usually attached at the waist on a jacket or dress.
Worn by both boys and girls, saddle shoes were the most popular among school going children and college students. The girls' saddle shoes had a slight heel to it. It was typically made from leather. Black shoes with white saddle was also preferred by many during that decade.
Sloppy Joe Sweater
After the war was over, sloppy joe sweaters came into vogue which were a type of plain cardigan sweater. An garment for teenage girls, this sweater was usually worn by them in large sizes. Commonly, this sweater was worn with pleated skirts or pants (when they became socially acceptable in the late '40s).
It's a headgear which was worn by the ladies to keep their hair neat and tidy. This was a very practical accessory for the women who worked in factories (in the absence of men who were fighting in the war). This hairnet was secured with the help of some bobby pins, lending quite a sporty look to the wearer.
This skirt were adorned by young women in 1940s. Some of the patterns had a fitted midriff belt and V-neckline with shoulder yokes. It was preferred by young women for dancing. The older women donned a much conservative swing skirt version, especially with polka dots or small floral patterns.
Christian Dior's "New Look"
After the war was over, Christian Dior - an icon in fashion delivered his Bar suit and encouraged the ladies in the war torn countries to embrace this new look. This suit with a flared skirt and extra emphasis on feminine form became an overnight hit.
Rosie, the Riveter Look
Rosie, the Riveter embodied the spirit of all women who worked in the factories in 1940s during the war. This look was of a common working class woman who was employed in a male dominated trade like welding, construction, electrical work.
Another type of oxford shoes, this style of footwear emerged to be quite popular in 1940s. Typically low heeled, it was constructed from leather and had two different colors. Mostly, darker shades were preferred for the toe and heel cap. However, the shoe's main body was experimented with varied colors.
1940s' Hair Fashion and Makeup
From hats, makeup to cloths, 1940s' fashion trends were drab and convenient, but the women in 1940s did not get discouraged due to the lack of amenities, they did one thing which women do best, that is, accessorize. They kept their long locks of hair and curled it to give a striking appearance. One of the vintage 1940s' hairstyles was making rolls of the upper strands of the hair and fixing it with the help of bobby pins. The remaining hair was left open and curled from the ends. Girls used bright red lipsticks to draw attention to their face. Mascara became a must-have item in the ladies' purses. But interestingly the eyeliner was just applied on the upper lid of the eye.
As the war ceased, the austerity of the fashion world also came to an end. Femininity in the clothing style came back in to the picture and people rejoiced the victory by
extravagantly dressing up and indulging themselves. Thus, the late 1940s' fashion trends was a huge contrast to the clothing worn during early 1940s. By Pushpa Duddukuri
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Skill sets required to have a career in Fashion Design:
Having the appropriate qualifications for fashion designing would help you in this highly competitive field. You would need to approach various institutes that offer courses in fashion designing. Fashion design courses have broad categories within the particular course. The basic structure of courses in fashion design would be apparel designing, knowing about the retail market, clothing technology, textiles etc. A course in fashion design can help you scale heights on the fashion map with ease, as you can learn the ropes faster in an institute.
To be a successful designer doesn't mean you need to always have a certificate as mentioned before. Fashion designing is all about creativity so remember it's about breaking rules and setting trends. The core job of a fashion designer is always to find new and creative ways to plan the specific attires and use his/her knowledge to select the right kind of fabrics as well. On an average, the role of a fashion designer would be to make the person look good and portray him/her in a more appealing way. This does not always hold true for designers nowadays. Most designs sometimes veer dangerously on the not-so-wearable kinds as well. This itself has opened up a whole new avenue in the fashion design segment.
If you are looking out for a career in fashion designing, you also need to have a natural flair for illustrating and putting your thoughts first on paper. This is time when your drawing skills and the art of selecting appropriate color schemes would come into use. An ability to sketch can help you create a good portfolio and these designs can then be transferred on to the computer for further modifications. Having an artistic sense of color coding with a natural know how about choosing the appropriate fabrics can serve as a bonus point for you. The ability to visualize also depends upon the individual self. These things are inborn and visualizing is strongly connected with fashion design. This is the first step that will help you to create a stunning portfolio and can also help you handle clients in the later years since you would have the ability of knowing which kind of a particular design would suit what kind of a body type. Basically, a fashion designer needs to have an eye for detail. Being a keen observer in your daily life can help you conceptualize your ideas in a better fashion.
Fashion Design: A craze or an obsession?
How would you know if you are cut out for the fashion industry? Fashion design is more than just studying the patterns and thinking of fabrics, it's about how you feel for this very interesting and creative field. The beauty about fashion designing is such that it offers you a blank canvas to work upon each and every single day and meet new challenges along the way.
You know you are meant to have fashion design as a profession when:
You can only think about clothes all the time. You are obsessed with the silhouettes and the flow of the fabrics at a very young age much to the annoyance of your parents.
You have doodled all over your walls, your cupboards and the neighbor's walls etc., images that are related with fashion!
You are highly creative from your childhood days and have an exceptional hand at sketching human figures and creating new designs without really being trained for it.
You have already decided in school where your career would be headed!
Fashion Design: Career Options
Here are the many faces of the fashion industry -
- Fashion Designer
- Fashion Writer
- Fashion Merchandiser
- Fashion Photographer
- Fashion Stylist
- Fashion Illustrator
- Fashion Co-ordinator
- Fashion Model
- Fashion Retail
- Fashion Buyer
- Store Owner
With the large numbers of fashion designers that are launching themselves along with their specialized outlets, it is definitely easier said than done that you have to make a mark in the fashion industry. The fashion scenario is about getting the right break at the right time. So how do you go about this once you have just had your first baby steps in the fashion design industry? Well, here are a few ideas that can give you an edge over the others.
Use your college days to plan a good portfolio that would display your creativity within a few flip of the pages.
Make a note of some of the well-known fashion designers in your area. A difficult task would be to approach them with your portfolio, but this is one thing that needs to be done. You can even work as an assistant during your college days to gain more knowledge and know all the loopholes about fashion design.
You can even approach garment companies that can offer you lucrative jobs in this field.
Read and be up-to-date with the latest buzz in the fashion industry. This will help you to know what are the latest trends and it can also help you to create and set your own trends as well.
You can even start off on your own and tackle a few known boutiques to showcase your work. Start with a small team and work your way up the ladder.
You must also do a market survey because this would be necessary when you want to tap the market. It will give you an idea about the things that target crowd would be expecting.
Clients will behave exactly how they please, so do not be uppity about a particular fussy client. This is just the beginning folks! Take your time and know the likes and dislikes of the client. You must also realize that now is the time you can try your skills at convincing and coaxing to persuade the client to choose what deems best for him/her. By Kashmira Lad