Fashion revolution who made this
Coco Chanel’s fashion revolution: “Chanel wanted to achieve something that no one before her had dared to do with such frankness: she wanted clothes to no longer emphasize either the waist or the hips, so that women held themselves loosely and wore heavily shortened skirts. Poiret showed a leg? Chanel moved on, revealing her ankle.
Poiret introduced a fashion that allowed not to tighten the waist until suffocation? Chanel did better, her models were not fitted at all. Did she do this deliberately? Or, as some have argued, was it just a consequence of the mediocre quality of the Jersey? There was no doubt about it: Gabrielle couldn’t have done anything else. For the first time, the revolution in women’s fashion did not consist in submitting to fantasy, but, above all, in following the inexorable necessity of abolishing it. The fact is that the Jersey was difficult to process. At the slightest attempt to lay the folds, the too weak weft was pulled apart. Another woman would have refused. Gabrielle persisted. However, there was no other solution. The shirt dress ended well above the ankle. In doing so, Gabrielle destroyed a movement that had existed for many centuries and that men enjoyed waiting for when a woman went up the stairs: the movement with which she picked up her skirts.
A whole epoch was disappearing – the folds on the bodice and the cascading veils on the hats, the era of Vichy, Souvigny, the era of Adrienne’s victories. Gabrielle, destroying her own past, changed the face of the streets forever. Thus, the time of the one who went, “spreading a long train of lilac dress“, passed. Now we had to be wary of women with a free gait, who dressed without assistance and undressed instantly. As for those – and there were many of them–who were nostalgic for the dead beauty, they will moan in vain, like Orpheus. Proust’s exclamations ” Alas!”, ” What a horror!» they will be repeated many times. But neither the sighs at the sight of dresses that, as he wrote, “are not even made of fabric“, nor his sadness at the sight of women “ordinary” – nothing could revive Madame Swann.
The new girl might be discouraging. This was a completely different woman, with no hints in her clothing. It was useless to ask her questions. The rules of the game were deliberately mixed up. How should I treat fashion, the key directions of which could not be found in the Museum? You could Shine as much as you wanted with erudition, this woman was beyond imagination. And who would have thought to look for the origins of such a reform in the depths of a poor province? No one has ever heard of fashion delights originating in piles of rubble.