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Elie Saab Modern Re-imagination of 16th Century Farthingale Dress

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Fashion design is a job for the talented and the endlessly inspired. The source of inspiration can come from odd places, or it can simply originate from history.

The modern interpretation for the design of a dress shows the inventiveness of the designer. New techniques are used to makes what was unpractical more wearable. 

In the early seventeenth century women’s fashion became exaggerated and was heavily influenced by the masculine style. Abnormal silhouettes of straight lines, triangles, and circles began to emerge during this period, which was the most geometric period in fashion history, this gave way for Farthingale style to come to life. Farthingale is a series of hoops extending horizontally from the waist worn beneath a woman’s skirt in the 16th and 17th centuries. These skirts made France very popular in the world of fashion.

16th and 17th centuries Farthingale dress – Source: The Grolier International Dictionary

Moving to our modern days, we will find Elie Saab is one of the fashion designers who re-introduced Farthingale to the 21st century, except this time, the concept might be the same, but the implementation is totally different, with embroidered lace and the dress is not very geometric as it once was. The entire look is softened, it’s entirely re-imagined for the modern woman.  

Elie Saab Dress 2013 – Source eonline.com

Featured Photo by Sabel Blanco from Pexels

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