jeudi 17 mars 2011

Current Fashion with Comparison to the Middle Ages

Everyone knows that the 2011 fall/winter collections just past recently here in Paris and I noticed there was a curtain shoe trend that designers were adding to their collections.  Reintroducing the pointy-toed shoe heel. Feels as if it wasn’t so long ago, I put them away to swear i’d never wear them again. Until Prada recalled them back from the past, for her electric flying spring 2010 collection.

Prada Spring/Summer 2010

Then for this fall Sonia Rykiel and Chanel both enlightened their collections with the pointy toed heel shoe, as they were not too vulgar but giving their feminine and masculine sillhouettes a touch of HISTORY.

Sonia Rykiel Fall/Winter 2011
Chanel Fall/Winter 2011
People and especially myself wonder when was fashion really born? We all ask when was the first time human beings realized that practicing fashion founded fulfilment. But, there was no certain time when it all began, and no exact year when it just appeared. Scholars believe it evolved slowly starting before the middle ages. The people had realized it was a great way to reshape the body, but also distinguish themselves for personal means.  Then I had deepened my research and studied paintings based on the middle ages  from the 10th to 13th century the other night. Paying attention to their garments, and I found that the men in the paintings were the ones who cared far more about their attire than the woman. This is funny, as it seems nowadays the tables have turned. Than I came across a painting from Poland,

 A man wearing a similar shoe contour than to what our designers were creating for the catwalk a few weeks ago, the pointy-toed heels, which is relative to what i discussed earlier.  This certain type of shoe was mostly worn by men in the middle ages and gave the name Poulaines.

Poulaine 13th Century
 A long pointy-toed shoe mostly made from leather. But, what I found interesting was that men would wear these shoes to help them symbolize their power of procreation. They also believed that expressing the length of the shoe, would resemble the size of their genitals. Funny to have our fashion society except the shoe for woman today. Maybe thats why i believed them to be vulgar, with there harsh point, and their witchy, mythical essences. I don't know if I will let them join my collection of 'chaussures'. Will you give in to the trend and conform to the next seasons temptations?
What are you thoughts? Comment below ...

A très vite!!

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