Monday, 15 October 2012

Collars. A Visit from the Past


J W Anderson sleeveless top
$470 -

Miu miu

Markus Lupfer merino wool shirt
$435 -

J Crew wool shirt

Topshop sleeveless top

Zara top

Glamorous sleeveless top
$48 -

Dorothy perkin
$24 -

Yes, I do love me some of those collars. But, I wouldn't call it a trend for me, but more like an obsession. I am obsessed. They make my outfit a bit more dressed up, sophisticated, and it just helps cover me up more (yeah, I'm a bit insecure about showing skin on certain parts of my body).

Anyways, I've noticed that this collar trend has been going on recently with us teenage folk, but I have you know that collars have been here for years. Just like your eyebrows on your face, the collar frames your head and neck area. Dating back from Shakespearian times and even earlier than that, collars have been around as a fashion statement on various articles of clothing. The origin of today's shirt collars descend from the ruffle created by the drawstring at the neck of the medieval chemise ( a simple garment worn on the skin to protect clothing from sweat and body oils). But collars were most popular in the Elizabethan era with a collar known as a ruff. It was mostly a small fabric ruffle at the neck of the shirt or chemise and held in place with a drawstring. Even though they look nothing like todays collars that are mainly made for fashion, these collars served a purpose as well as a stylish garment. They helped with keeping sweat and body oils off of clothing that was worn daily and couldn't be washed that often. Instead, they made these ruffs detachable in order for it to be washed more often then the rest of their garments. Sort of neat, eh? Anyways, in the early sixteenth century, bands or falling bands were introduced. These bands were referred to the shirt neckband under a ruff. They are known as formal neckwear (usually worn by lawyers and upper classes) and take form in 2 long pieces of cloth that hung from the center of the neck down. Sort of like 2 white tongues hanging on the front of your shirt. Hehe, gross.

Now, back to the future. Collars have evolved so much throughout the ages and no one has even the slightest idea of how today’s collars came to be. Even though people wear collars for a sense of sophistication and trying to be in trend, I believe there is so much more to just wearing something just because everyone else is wearing. Knowing where and when certain articles of clothing originated from help one to appreciate how much fashion as evolved from the past to today. I know there are so many people who will disagree with me, but fashion is an art, and knowing the history of how fashion came to be will help build a grand portfolio of ideas, experience and such a wide range of knowledge! It helps SO much with coordination and balancing history with this art form. And if you love fashion (or even history, for that matter) as much as I do, you'll understand where I'm coming from.

Plus, in order to be on trend or even a head of the game, you will have to do some research of past fashion. And I don't mean fashion from last year; I mean fashion from hundreds to even thousands of years ago. Who knows? You may learn about how your favourite dress evolved from thousands of eras ago to now.

Hopefully my little history lesson wasn’t too boring, but some people have to understand what it is to be an individual and educate them on what interests them the most. For me, that would be MY own style sense J

Thankyou! TTFN!

-Aine Lasagna 

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