Planet Fashion: 100 years of fashion history
(as of Jan 24,2023 23:40:07 UTC – Details)
WELCOME TO PLANET FASHION
Hold on to your hats and lace up your boots; we’re off on a FASHION ADVENTURE!
Travel through twenty-five scenes in fashion history, circling the globe with your two young stylish travel companions—one boy and one girl. They’re dressed the part on every page—can you spot them? Our journey begins over one hundred years ago, twirling around a ballroom in gowns and tailcoats.
Breathe a sigh of relief when the tightly laced corset falls out of fashion, and shimmy through a decade of loose lines and comfier silhouettes. Keep a close eye on those hemlines, though…They whizz up and down from thigh to ankle, before billowing out at the sides in wide-legged trousers—for both men and women. War brings personal style to a screeching halt at the end of the 1930s, then sets off again at full, Technicolor speed. By now, teenagers and daring young adults are dictating the pace of fashion, forming style tribes with their own unique looks.
Try matching clothes from the 1950s and 1960s with items in your own wardrobe: a pair of blue jeans perhaps? Or flower-print tights? With each turn of the page, fashion’s musical soundtrack cranks up to full volume. Style and sound go hand in hand: music may differ in each corner of the world, but expressing yourself with what you wear is universal. Are you ready to embark on a voyage of discovery? A century of inspiring style awaits…
DANCING THE WALTZ
With High Society, UK
The ballroom is a blur of pastel dresses and black suits, as couples twirl across the floor. The most fashionable women wear the latest designs from Paris, their long frilled skirts heavily embellished with beads. This is the extravagant Edwardian era, when the diaries of the upper classes were filled with social events—each with their own dress code. A weekend’s stay in the country required five outfit changes a day, and no outfit could be worn twice!
WIDE, OPEN NECKLINES accentuated the curve of the shoulder. Only dresses that exposed the neck and shoulders were considered suitable for a ball.Even though they were barely seen beneath the floor-sweeping skirts, SATIN SHOES with low curved heels matched the color of the gown perfectly.A fashion-conscious man expressed his taste in subtle ways, like EXPENSIVE FABRIC and QUALITY TAILORING.Trumpet-shaped skirts fell softly over the hips into a small train trimmed with LACE FRILLS and RIBBONS
WHEN: 1890-1908 WHERE: London and country houses, UK. KEY DESIGNERS: Charles Frederick Worth, Callot Soeurs, Jacques Doucet, Redfern. SILHOUETTE: Curved like an S, with hips back and chest forward. HEMLINE: Long to the floor, with a small train. SLEEVES: Short and flowing for formal balls.
DAZZLING ON THE DANCE FLOOR
With the Disco Set, USA
Glistening arms reach above heads in the tightly-packed club, where dancers shimmer from their satin headscarves to their platform shoes. Others recline in corner booths, their sequin outfits glittering from the shadows as the roving lights pass over them. Down here beneath the disco ball, everyone is free to express themselves as flamboyantly as they please.
Outrageous “glam rock” fashion burst through the start of the 1970s, paving the way for high-shine, body-conscious disco styles toward the end of the decade. Grooving dancers dressed to impress, flaunting satin jumpsuits and lamé halterneck dresses at infamous celebrity haunt Studio 54, and invitation-only house parties.
WHEN: Early 1970s-1979 WHERE: United States. KEY DESIGNERS: Halston, Pierre Cardin, Diane von Furstenberg. SILHOUETTE: Tight on top and wide at the bottom. HEMLINE: Hems shot up and down from leotards to knee length, and maxi. SLEEVES: Halterneck and one-shouldered.