Nothing succeds like excess

3:30 AM Roberta W. P. F 0 Comments

Hey guys!
I had to do a really fun project for my history class and I would like to share it with you.
We were learning about the Baroque, a time synonymous with excess of ornamentation, gothic & pessimistic touches in all artistic areas.

The poject consisted in choosing one specific area, and present about it.
My obvious choice was fashion and so I decided to create the dress of a high society lady.

The story of how fashion evolved in the baroque is really interesting.
Before the French Revolution, clothing was for people only a piece of fabric to cover up.
With the war movement, garnments had to become comfortable and be dyed in representative colors of the cause.

Nice clothing was own aesthetic sense of royalty.
After the Revolution, begins the use of the word "fashion" to describe something that most people wear or like. We can say that after the revolution the clothing represented something. A purpose, a cause or socio-economic status.

The rise of  couture also took place during the Baroque,
when dressmakers and tailors started to use the finest materials, such as gold and silver threads, crystals or velvet to make brocades. Also  lace became very important for the collars and cuffs
which represented status, class, elegance and power.

Many wealthy ladies were catholic and for that reason used big crosses made our of silver or gold with pearls, diamons, emeralds, sapphires and rubies.

Here I present to you my gown:

Close up!
Burgundy and silver fabrics with embroidery, put together with a golden bias and a lace collar.
The accesory: a rosary

The materials!
2m of fabric, golden threads and scissors 

Metal crinoline effect in all it's splendor

Many contemporary fashion houses like Balmain, Dolce&Gabbana and Gucci, use this era as inspiration for their collections.

Anna dello Russo always says "nothing succeds like excess" and Baroque represents that fact: MORE is MORE !

What's your favourite era and why? leave a comment or tell me per Facebook or Twitter!
Have a nice week,
Roberta W.P.F

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