Hi everyone, it’s Justine! When I upload trend videos, a couple of times every year I often get comments like: “Hmmm… This is not new. We’ve seen that before in the 90s.” Or “This is a revival from the 70s.” In fact, designers and stylists look for inspiration not only in recent fashion history. They also look way earlier back in time. And I’m going to prove my point by showing you six exemples. The first one is platform shoes. As soon as I say that I have to think of the Spice Girls. My parents would say: “Ew! That awful shoe trend from the 90s!” You think 90s but you are really wrong. In 16th century Venice, Italy and later also in other countries, people got used to wearing wooden clogs over their expensive shoes to walk on muddy streets without getting dirty. Those shoes were called “chopines”. Little by little people got a bit crazy about the shape and also about the height of such shoes. It wasn’t easy to walk in that so you’d actually need an attendant to hold your hand, literally at all times. Then chopines got decorated with various embellishments and then eventually made it into the “salons” of rich citizens. If you look at the back of that shoe you see there’s no heel. That’s actually very close to a shape considered to be daring and quite avant-guard today. But is it really? Coming back to the platform shoes of the Spice Girls, they are literally slippers, super safe and super comfortable compared to the Venetian version. Next one: Rolled updos are vary fashionable at the moment for instance in bridal style. You probably also remember John Travolta, James Dean, that banana hairstyle where all the hair is put up and then rolled towards the front. Today we even see Yves Saint Laurent girls wearing a similar hairdo and we think that it’s edgy and punkish. But in the 18th century in France, England, and Western Europe people were already rolling their hair big time, a lot more than that. In England, men who copied women’s hairstyles were called “Macaroni men”. That’s just how it looked! And they were made fun of. They were shown with exaggerated hair and ridiculously tiny hats on top of that. Next one, and one of my favourites: Madonna’s pointy bra, designed by Jean Paul Gaultier for her Blonde Ambition tour, came across as incredibly avant-guard and became a symbol of women power in the 80s and 90s. In fact, women in the 40s and 50s already wore that. It was called a bullet bra and it had the same construction. Before we knew how to knit as precisely as we can do it now, and before we knew how to mould a piece of flat fabric onto a rounded breast, the closest we could get was by taking a woven fabric – silk, often – and dreaping it onto the breast in a pointy shape. The bullet bra was seen as feminine and desirable. Even Marilyn Monroe was wearing it, so… Next: the pencil skirt, also called the uniform of the 50s working lady. You can’t make vary big steps in it but it’s “ok” comfortable Right? Well I think – and here I’m only guessing – but I think that Christian Dior knew about the hubble skirt when he designed his first pencil skirt after the Second World war. In 1900, tying your long skirt around you would prevent it from moving and from revealing your legs when practicing a physical activity. The text here says: “What’s that? It’s the speed limit skirt.” ‘Cause really that’s what it was. But very soon it became a trend. And instead of tying at the knee level women started to tie it around the ankles and this made climbing up even a simple step a huge challenge. Compared to that, the pencil skirt means total freedom of movement. Now we’re going back in time again. The padded shoulders from the 80s are now seen as a funny thing from the past: those huge shoulders that made your proportions look totally off. But in England the Queen Elizabeth I and the members of the high society bombasted their sleeves. It meant filling them with a sort of padding, of filling – several kilos of it – to make the sleeves look nice and round. It was super heavy and absolutely uncomfortable. Compared to that what’s a tiny bit of padding in a blazer? Last but not least, all time favourite: Alexander McQueen. His spring collection 2010, called “Plato’s Atlantis”, was a masterpiece but that’s another question. He showed puffy skirts with a lot of volume around the hips and quite short. There was a very clear silouette through the entire collection. I can’t help but think of the Renaissance period when I see this collection. We know McQueen was a huge fan of the Victoria and Albert Museum in England, so he must have seen what the kings and the courts on paintings were wearing in the 16th and 17th century. The same sort of puffy, short culottes over simple tights, the proportions are very similar. And if you look at this outfit in particular you can see the Renaissance culottes and also the voluminous sleeves at the same time. For me this collection is clearly anchored in past past history of kings and queens. Compared to the fashion of past centuries what we consider today to be quite bold is really just amateur level. Fashion in the past was pushed way further and was also a lot more dangerous and a lot less functional than what we see today. So if you want to pad your bra or wear buffalo platform heels or wedges you’re fine! 😉 Thumbs up if you liked this video, thank you so much! I’ll see you Wednesday and Sunday again. Here are two videos to watch until then. Take care, Bye bye!