Turtlenecks Steeped in Fashion History

Turtleneck Origins and Acceptance

The popular turtleneck of today came about as a necessity rather than a fashion option. During the turn of the century, seamen and deckhands were in need of a clothing accessory that could protect their neck from the bitterly cold winds. A scarf was impractically dangerous, exhibiting the potential for snagging on deck hardware or being caught up the rigging. This prompted the invention of the first polo-neck sweater, which was a collar extension for the neck. The first material was comprised of heavy worsted wool. The first collars were fitted with buttons, and then later replaced with zippers. Zippers and buttons were excluded some time later with the invention of more lasting and stretchable fabrics that allowed a permanent attachment. The general public began to take notice and accept the turtleneck as popular wearing apparel, taking advantage of the many colors and styles

The 1940s saw the turtleneck sweater adopted by the female audience, who found favor with some of the more elegant materials like cashmere and silk. The ’60s brought about a more frenzied interest in the turtleneck when many of the rock musicians began wearing them. Noel Coward, respected for his artistry and station, began wearing turtlenecks for all occasions and the public took immediate attention. He was, after all, known as a walking fashion statement, regarded for his flamboyance, pose, poise, chic and cheek. A groundswell followed, cementing the turtleneck in the concrete foundation of fashion and style.

It seemed every clothing manufacturer wanted a piece of the pie. Some of the old stylistic trends came back into vogue-zipper or no zipper, with or without buttons and the inclusion of pleated designs. Some turtlenecks were loose fitting, having shallow or large fold-down collars. Business men began to wear them under suit jackets and sports coats, and they were popularized by such luminaries as Ted Kennedy and Steve Jobs of Apple Inc.

Today, the turtleneck has shown resurgence, reminding us of an era that spawned bold, new looks. It’s as practical and classy as ever, harkening to a time of fond memories. It’s here to stay, fondly engrained in our consciousness.

Love them or hate, turtlenecks are here to stay and are recapturing popularity in the fashion trends of today. They appeal to men and women of all ages, whether they’re used for formal or leisure attire. They are applicable to a wide range of outfits, styles and themes. Smart and classy looking, turtlenecks also serve the practical function of keeping the neck area warm and cozy, negating the need for a scarf. They blend well with sports activities like golf or venues that require just a little bit more warmth for the occasion. The short sleeve turtleneck allows easy summertime wearing, but still retains that classic look. The history and application of the turtleneck is short, but interesting.

Cartier, A Brilliant Star Leading the Art Deco in Fashion History

The first industrial revolution during late 18th century to middle 19th century had a great influence on the whole society. With the mechanical production, great changes had taken place all over the world. At the same time, the style of art went up to a new level. Affecting by the machine aesthetic, the decoration style got its day and prevailed suddenly. The obvious character of this style is some creative designs with simple geometry shapes and contrastive brilliant colors. Absolutely unlike the former complicate and marvellous style, there was the very modern feeling.

In fact, from the year 1904, Cartier designers had begun to create some special jewelry, full of modern feeling, however, the art deco style was rising up in later 1925. The designers of Cartier had tried to use some modern elements like lines and geometry shapes into its jewelry. Moreover, colorful precious stones began to appear in the Cartier world. The brooch, made in 1906, brought colorful stones to the single-colored world of platinum and diamonds. The unique crown, created by Cartier designer in 1914, was made from steel, platinum and diamonds.

In 1909, there was another big revolution in the art field. The Ballets Russes got a big success, because of the colorful stage scenery. Also, it gave a big impression on Charles Jacqueau, the Cartier designer. A try for brave color arrangement became possible from that time on, and there were pieces of Cartier jewelry, made of emeralds and blue stones or purple crystal and red stones. Everything seemed right. Where there was the courage, there was innovative arrangement. The necklace from Cartier in the year 1928 was an outstanding art work of this kind. It was a necklace with more than 234 carats diamond at the center. At that time, the most favourite combination was blue and green. Like the pendant from Cartier in 1923, it was made of 121 carats blue stone and hollowed emeralds. The harmony between blue and green, together with the slowly changing details, really made another fascinating art work in Cartier world.

At the same time, Cartier’s designs absorbed various elements from different countries. In the Cartier jewelry shops, you can find the plant pattern of Egypt, middle aged Persian’s fine picture and the classical craft belonging to Indian. In a word, an open gesture for various cultures, together with determine and courage for eternal creation, makes Cartier’s eternal first place in the jewelry world.

Fashion History – The 1920’s in Today’s Trends

It’s Halloween and you are all ready to roll. This year you have decided to go as a flapper. You’ve set your hair in tight, neat finger waves, and pulled your garter up your leg, which is still exposed under the extremely short hemline of your boxy, shimmy dress. You take a look at yourself in the full-length mirror and stop to think for a moment. Just a decade before the flapper Charlestoned the night away on the dance floor, women had their knees hidden under layers of material. Arms covered in yards of fabric were certainly not bare and free to move to the jazzy beats to come in the age of the Speakeasy. So how did this most sexy of Halloween costumes come to be? What is behind the shapeless, short, shift dress you see reflected in the mirror before you?

Accessibility. The information age had officially begun. Vogue and Vanity Fair were in circulation picturing the latest fashion trends. Women found themselves fantasizing about wearing clothes just like they had seen in the magazine. Most wonderful of all was that this clothes was actually accessible. It was the Roaring 20’s. Times were good and fabrics were available. Most convenient of all was that this clothes was extremely easy to make – boxy shapes with very little tailoring. Women found themselves with the necessary skills, funds, and know-how to create a sexy flapper dress in their own home.

Rebellion. Literally yards upon yards of fabric went into women’s clothing before the turn of the century. On top of all that material, or rather underneath, was a garter, a bust-enhancing device designed to restrict a woman’s breathing to a shallow whisper. But the 1920’s saw important changes that included the woman’s right to vote. That made the ladies stop and breathe… or at least they tried to… and then they untied their garters and took the deepest most freeing breath to date. Dresses lost almost all structure. Gone were cinched waists and in were flat chests. The fellas still got an eyeful with a whole lot of rarely-before-seen skin.

Sports. You may wonder what sports have to do with the flapper dress. They have everything to do with its freedom of movement. Tennis, golf, swimming… women of the 20’s were expressing their athleticism and needed more comfortable clothing in which to do so. The trends of the decade reflected this trend in women’s sport. You can’t hit a backhand down the line with a garter that physically splits your upper and lower body into two. Those restrictions had to go; and as a result, women became fitter and healthier. An athletic body was in, and the flapper dress was the perfect way to display it.

So on this Halloween, wear that sexy flapper costume proudly. It’s far more than a little dress. It is a socio-economic fashion statement that inspired women to burn their bras and train to become world-class athletes in the decades to follow.