The return of basket dresses, hats and veils, XXL shoulder pads … and what if fashion went back in time for social distancing? A not so absurd idea.
Masks, gloves and safety distances… Will the great artillery of barrier gestures encourage us to dress differently? This is why some fashion designers and designers who are reinventing our clothes are suggesting at the era of physical distancing. However, Vanity Fair reminds us, fashion as a “social distancing tool” is not new, evidenced by these recent creations which makes fun of past fashions.
Appeared at the Spanish court in the 16th century, popular with women in the 18th, the structure of the basket dress made it possible, by optical effect, to widen the hips to refine the waist. On the podiums, she is making a comeback, although she has changed functions. Today, maintaining a distance between oneself and others would no longer be an indicator of social class, but of health security!
In Belgium, the design company Livable has brought the rattan cage up to date, a more absurd than viable creation that mocks the actual ambient paranoia.
At Multiply, a design studio, they are also revisiting the crinoline skirt, a garment originally worn to keep men and women at a reasonable distance.
At Area and Puppets and Puppets, two New York design studios, who also revisit basket dresses and “other pieces with oversized hips”.
Big stars of weddings and traditional ceremonies, hats and veils are also brought up to date, at Maison Margiela in particular where faces are covered with tulle or lycra – we remain wary of the effectiveness of these materials against the virus… But it’s Fashion after all 😉
In the workshop of the Italian costume designer Veronica Toppino, the hats are transformed into aluminum structures and large halos allowing to respect, without too much force, the rules of physical distancing.