Old School Fashion

As you may have gathered from many of my posts, I am a big fashion lover! I try to embrace all different styles and trends and this has led me to having a slightly excessive wardrobe! I don’t just like to buy and wear clothes myself though. I get equal enjoyment from shopping for others or just randomly eyeing up outfits on the street. Therefore, you probably can imagine my excitement on Saturday when I went to see the Fashioning Fashion exhibition at the German History Museum in Berlin.

The exhibition showcases male and female fashion from the 1700s up to 1915. I had learned a little bit about the fashion of these ages as part of an English seminar at university (I am sure Helen will remember it) and I was eager to see what it had to offer. I was by no means disappointed.

I was memorised at how the clothing had changed over time. Some styles, such as the rectangular, metal frame puffing out the dress, I wish I would have the opportunity to wear sometime, while the bone-crushing corsets I am glad are left in the fast. However, I was fascinated to see how some of the tactics and designs are still used by some today as many of the dresses reminded me (in a good way) of the creations seen on My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.

Much of the clothing showed a clear distinction between the rich and poor classes of the time but the beauty of them both made me yearn to go back to a time as a lady of either. The beautiful patterns and designs brought to Europe from Asia made me drool and there has to be much admiration for the crafts people who put many hard hours into the creation of these beauties.

I could go on and on about the beautiful clothes I saw on Saturday but I think it would be more fun for you to see some pictures. Please note that these are not my pictures as photography was not allowed in order to preserve the fabrics. Before I go though, I would urge you all to see this exhibition should it come to a town near you. Whether you are a fashionista or not, you will appreciate the history lesson one can gain from such a simple collection.





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