Retro Restructured

August 26, 2010 • Fashion


Bonnie J Brown for Second City Style Magazine

Marc Jacobs is everywhere. If he isn’t designing his own clothing line, he’s gracing the glossy pages of magazines in an advertisement for his very own cologne (in all his oiled-up glory). And if he’s not the talk of the gossip pages, he’s creating more fashion under the Louis Vuitton label, and oh, what designs they are. Jacobs may have even initiated the 1950’s trend that is projected to be big this fall with Louis Vuitton’s ready-to-wear collection. With the full, tea and floor-length skirts and dresses that vary between ballooning flounces and structured shapes, the line could be interpreted as a nod to Christian Dior’s New Look. The New Look, which debuted in Paris in 1947, was Dior’s response to the end of World War II. No longer were there rations on fabric, so many of his garments were created with a sense of excess; some of his garments used up to 80 yards of fabric. However, Dior wasn’t the only designer during this era who was known for such excessive designs, British/American designer Charles James was also creating full fashion pieces that may have even inspired Dior himself, if that’s possible.

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