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(Español) Francesca Miranda abre su 1er curso en su escuela de diseño: “Diseño y lenguaje étnico creativo. Cómo crear una colección que transciende la moda.
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British and European weddings continued to excite public interest, and elements of the styles worn by royal brides filtered down into wedding fashions. In 1853 columns of newsprint were dedicated to the marriage of Napoleon III of France (1808-73) and Eudenia Montijo de Guzmán (1826-1920). The bride, who was of Spanish-Scottish descent, was good-looking and stylish. With the encouragement of her husban, who recognized the economic value of her support for the French luxury trades, she quickly became an influential leader of fashion, numbering Queen Victoria among her many female admirers. The ilustrated papers supplemented reports of her trousseau and wedding clothes with the line engravings (Illustration 1).
In London, Madame Tussaud’s waxworks exhibited a tableau of the ‘nuptial group’ in which the Empress was presented in a replica of the dress she wore for the religious ceremony, offering the paying public in London another way to see what the Empress wore. The essential elements of her outfit – a bodice extending into a basque and full flounced skirt- were popular for weddings for another five years (Ilustration 2), though few could afford the Brussels lace ruffles, flounces and full-length veil that disntinguished the new Empress’s costume.
Why can’t we pick out our own color?
I tried once, it don’t work.
You get four guys fighting over who’s gonna be Mr. Black
Black History: The color worn by clerics and mourners, black’s journey to hip fashionability is an intriguing one. As John Harvey points out in his book Men In Black, it was in the nineteenth century that men of wealth and power began to dress as if going to a funeral. This was partly to distinguish themselves from women, who wore more vibrant colors. But black also was a reaction against the colorful foppishness of dying monarchies and thus symbolic of the bourgeois democracy. In the twentieth century, black eventually took on sinister connotations.
In postwar America, with the advent of the “beats”, black has been a badge of rebellion in the form of black leather and turtlenecks. In a sense, the modern black suit for men, like the “little black dress” for women, has come to represent a fashion statement by subtraction, a compass point of minimalistic chic that ensures safe passage through the shoals of style. Solid though cool.
By Hochswender, Woody (1998) Men’s Wardrobe, Chic Simple – p. 45