We enjoy a spectacular freedom today that we little think about. Our feminine bodies are unfettered by the sort of corsetry that was considered essential for women in past decades and centuries. Fashion Week’s models couldn’t slouch down the runaways with the bravado they do if they were wearing the undergarments of our grandmothers and great grandmothers. Note what was the expected look for a woman of 1918 and contrast it with 2008’s silhouettes.
The text attached to this ad speaks about how “Correct Pose is attained and Natural Pose is improved…” Come to think of it, the 1920s introduced the flapper slouch and lounging poses still seen on the runways.
Well, I can’t say I’m surprised. The New York Spring 2008 Fashion Week looks to be one in which, with the troubled economy and potentially tense presidential campaign, the designers will opt for conservatism. The buzzwords are “Grace Kelly” and “Camelot,” which means a retreat basic to the classics: sheath dresses, skirt suits, and bouffant skirts. If you want see more innovative attempts at bringing artistry to fashion, look out for the younger designers. Alexandre Herchcovitch, James Coviello, and Mara Hoffman are doing some good things with color blocking and patterns that make reference to period styles like Art Deco. Small busts and slim hips are imperatives. Forget about the feathery headdresses many models sported – the new watchword for decoration is ruffles.
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