FASHION HISTORY

Collars, XVII century and Spain

14.09.2016 — by VD

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FASHION HISTORY

Collars, XVII century and Spain

14.09.2016 — by VD

Since the Early Renaissance Italy and Spain have been owning the place of the first fashion countries in the whole Europe. After the slow turn of Renaissance into Baroque we discovered the beauty of detailed and bright Spain – bloody red, deep gold, pure white and dark purple – all these colors were the definition of successful life and success. Queens and Kings were the true fashion icons and no one could repeat after them, but they could become little parodies of them. The best fabrics during that moment were in Italy and Spain, even if these countries did not have enough they had a good import and export with other countries, so they could get any fabrics they wanted. Spain was a rich country with powerful government. During that moment, when Baroque became a lifestyle – from fine art to Kings’ costumes – the special form of collars was born.
1428558087_22draft_lens9274471module92793301photo_1270333051marchus_gheeraerts-queen fc957530073088c3e83860eca765316aThere were different types of collars on that moment – wedding collars, breakfast collars, lunch, cocktail and theatre official collars. Women and men were obsessed with their pure white color and the form. Baroque was the era of grotesque, dark colors and huge contrasts – people used to make their silhouettes less realistic and they looked like really expensive dolls. Rich families started decorating their collars with pearls and diamonds – biggest and brightest collars showed the status of the owner.
1eecd1434b651f85d31b31c0ccf444d71470896904_2 150628114454Later, we went trough so many wars, fashion revolutions and life changing trends, but collars are still in fashion. They have changes – from a grotesque form to a minimalistic design. We can find all kinds of collars on Chanel, Tom Ford, Rodarte and other brands’ fashion shows. Collars in fashion became as important as eyebrows in 2016 – everyone looks after them and makes them more and more perfect each season.
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