Fashion: A popular trend, especially in styles of dress and ornament or manners of behavior.
The most influential designers of all time dressed famous women around the world, creating a culture forging their designs into our lives throughout the years. Coca Chanel said, “Fashion fades; only style remains the same.” Indeed it is style that creates the perfect little black dress with a stylish accessory and shoes along with the propositional clutch.
Each designer throughout the decades created their own style and turned it into fashion and fashion icons. Valentino Garavani said, “Only wear clothes that make you feel alive.” Valentino certainly defined his aesthetic with the use of exquisite and signature red fabrics which students and designers continue to study and emulate to this day.
I chose the infamous silhouette of the pillbox hat to illustrate how fashion and style indeed leave its mark on fashion history with the repetition that seems to appear and reappear with the style of today’s designers. When you think or see the pillbox hat, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy is etched in our memory; it was perfectly placed as an accessory to her Halston-designed suits.
The pillbox hat actually dates back to the Roman Empire. Furthermore, it was used as a military hat with a chin strap, worn by British ground troops during WWI. It was popular in the ’30s, ’50s but not until the ’60s did the pillbox hat gain its popularity.
We evolve with fashion and style. The pillbox hat is considered to be a calot; which means cap in French—a close-fitting cap that sits off the face with no visor or brim, shaped to fit the wearer’s head. How magnificent! When Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge was first seen wearing a calot, the trend was dawned into a favorable accessory around the world today.
So, how we emulate the fashion and styles of today actually belongs to you—how you feel and carry yourself with style, confidence and glamour. I couldn’t say it any better than Christian Dior, “Deep in every heart slumbers a dream and the couturier knows it: every woman is a princess.”