Historical and Theoretical

Research into Historical and theoretical fashion elements.
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Lais Ribeiro in Chanel, Spring 2013 photographed by Michael Roberts for L’Officiel NL, February 2013

Chanel Sporting the new look

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Lais Ribeiro in Chanel, Spring 2013 photographed by Michael Roberts for L’Officiel NL, February 2013

Chanel Sporting the new look

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The ‘New Look’ is however also inspiration to other designers, seen here with Mary Katranzou’s Fall/Winter collection of 2011.
You can notice the sloping shoulders, tiny wiast and big hips design.

The ‘New Look’ is however also inspiration to other designers, seen here with Mary Katranzou’s Fall/Winter collection of 2011.

You can notice the sloping shoulders, tiny wiast and big hips design.

The classic ‘New Look’ dress has carried on throughout Dior’s Creation as seen here in Dior’s Fall/Winter collection in 2011. 
The signs of the ‘new look’ dress are visable as there is a mid calf length skirt and a tiny waist giving a ‘fuller hips’ effect.

The classic ‘New Look’ dress has carried on throughout Dior’s Creation as seen here in Dior’s Fall/Winter collection in 2011.

The signs of the ‘new look’ dress are visable as there is a mid calf length skirt and a tiny waist giving a ‘fuller hips’ effect.

The ‘New Look’ wasn’t avaliable for all women, what average women could afford a Dior dress? 
This shows that the trickle down theory is apparent in this style of dress, as average American women would create the ‘shirtwaist dress’ as a cheap option.

The ‘New Look’ wasn’t avaliable for all women, what average women could afford a Dior dress?

This shows that the trickle down theory is apparent in this style of dress, as average American women would create the ‘shirtwaist dress’ as a cheap option.

The ‘New Look’ by Christian Dior inspired the 1950’s dress style.

The ‘New Look’ by Christian Dior inspired the 1950’s dress style.

Further research into the ‘new look’ 
This replica of a new look dress by Hardy amies is presented in the V&A museum

Further research into the ‘new look’

This replica of a new look dress by Hardy amies is presented in the V&A museum

 •Katharine Hamnett 
 A true ethical clothing innovator, and a tireless campaigner for the use of organic cotton. After visiting Mali with Oxfam in 2003, the designer saw first hand the devastating effects of the conventional cotton industry, and immediately vowed to help drive the demand for the organic alternative. Her iconic slogan tees are the produced to the highest environmentally friendly standards and are the height of eco-chic.

 Katharine Hamnett

 A true ethical clothing innovator, and a tireless campaigner for the use of organic cotton. After visiting Mali with Oxfam in 2003, the designer saw first hand the devastating effects of the conventional cotton industry, and immediately vowed to help drive the demand for the organic alternative. Her iconic slogan tees are the produced to the highest environmentally friendly standards and are the height of eco-chic.

Subcultural Anti-Establishment Politics (Hippie Culture)

In the 1960s, a group of laid-back young people called beatniks and hipsters migrated to San Francisco, creating their own community of individuals who disliked weapons, war, violence, and the generally conservative values of the era. Many hippies believed that enjoyment of and respect for nature was very important, consciously living natural lifestyles, eating healthy foods, and creating music that reflected these interests.
Today, much of what was considered alternative and “hippie” in the 1960s is popular by all types of people, like granola cereal, rock music, and recycling. However, some people proudly consider their lifestyles natural and alternative enough to still be considered hippies.
The growth of hippies fashion
Hippies (derived from the word hipster) were the natural outgrowth of the Beat movement in the 1950s. Interested in an alternative lifestyle and rebelling against a society grown increasingly conformist and repressive, they were focused on freedom and getting back to nature. Their clothing was often loose and made of natural fibres like cotton and hemp. Men and women grew their hair long and eschewed products and fussy styling (although, contrary to popular belief, they did still shampoo). The black turtlenecks and trousers worn by the Beatniks, male and female, morphed into peasant blouses and jeans. Anything handmade, whether sewn, knit or woven as macramé, was prized. Gradually, this extended towards dyeing one’s own clothes and the colourful tie-dye style became popular. Tie dye is  their way of wearing something that is creative, unique, and original.

Ideological Anti-Establishment Politics (Green/Eco fashion)

Fashion and Politics
Green/ eco fashion
What is eco fashion?
Eco-fashion is about making clothes that take into account the environment, the health of consumers and the working conditions of people in the fashion industry.
Eco-fashion clothes:

•are made using organic raw materials, such as cotton grown without pesticides and silk made by worms fed on organic trees

•don’t involve the use of harmful chemicals and bleaches to colour fabrics

•are often made from recycled and reused textiles. High-quality garments can be made from second-hand clothes and even recycled plastic bottles

•are made to last, so that people keep them for longer

•come from fair trade - the people who make them are paid a fair price and have decent working conditions.

With the eco-fashion industry still in its infancy, the main responsibility at the moment relies on clothes manufacturers and fashion designers, who need to start using sustainable materials and processes.
Organic cotton
Why is organic cotton important? Because they don’t contain pesticides that are harmful to us and the environment.
Conventional cotton: production and pesticides
Cotton, the most widely used textile in the world, is grown in over 60 countries and covers almost 5% of all land cultivated. However, as competition grows and people expect to buy clothes for less money, cotton farming has become a riskier business.