Fashions come and go and somehow they come back
again. Apparel Search traces the last forty-plus years of fashion—from
go-go boots and chic Jackie O looks to status bags and a return to
80s-style skinny jeans.
Yesterday's fashions will undoubtedly resurface
again as fashion moves its way through the trend cycles time and time
again. Sometimes the fashions of the past emerge again with so much
influence from a bygone era that it makes us think we traveled back in
time. Other fashions merely draw inspiration from the past, presenting
updated and recreated styles that flaunt a modern twist. Here, a
timeline of some of the most memorable fashions and key trends of the
past several decades.
Even if we were not there to experience it
ourselves, we all recall the fashions of the '60s. The era began with
ladylike looks (think dresses and
gloves) carried over from the '50s,
but ended up with a focus on peace symbols and mod minis. Art, notably
Pop art, also influenced apparel.
The '70s ushered in an era of go-go boots,
platform shoes, and disco-inspired looks. It's difficult to recall this
era without thinking of John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. Bell
bottoms and flared pants were key trends along with hot pants and
spandex tops. Hippie looks reflected ethnic influences with key looks
ranging from loose-fitting robes to kimonos and caftans. These styles
were inspired by the clothing of India, Africa, and beyond. On the other
side of the spectrum, fur was the ultimate status symbol.
Power dressing was a key message of the '80s.
Excess was demonstrated through big shoulders and big hair, which
mirrored the styles we saw on popular television shows such as
“Dynasty." Let's not forget lots of lace and the layering of several
necklaces and bracelets, which were trends introduced by Madonna, who
later branded herself as a style icon. Music was undoubtedly a heavy
influence on fashion—from Hip hop looks to 80s-style “hair bands" such
as Bon Jovi, Poison, and Whitesnake. Here, skinny jeans were offset by
Grunge was a fashion buzzword during the '90s,
but old basics such as music and sports also influenced the styles.
Baseball caps were worn backwards, and high top running shoes and sports
jerseys were also key items.
Men's underwear became outerwear as
sagged below the waistline. Clean, minimalist looks inspired by
Klein were also being worn by luminaries such as Carolyn Bessette
Status bags continue to be a key accessory for
2000 and beyond—think
Chanel. Art is also
playing a major role in fashion as popular artists such as Murakami
designed eye-popping prints for
luxury brand Louis Vuitton. Skinny jeans
are back in fashion along with Rock-inspired tees reminiscent of the Bon
Jovi era. Mini skirts from the '60s are also dominating the trends, and
Madonna is still going strong as she jet-sets around the globe on her
Sticky & Sweet Tour.