The strength of the spots: the evolution of a leopard print in the history of fashion
Leopard print - this immortal fashionable hit, the relevance of which is not questioned so far. For a whole century, women used the coloring in the locker room, because there is something very special. Firstly, on the naturalness of the claim, and the luxury belonging to the aristocratic circles. Secondly, the brightness and the ambiguity that attracts look. Third, there is nothing that combines in itself so naturally sexy, naturalism, aesthetics and rock 'n' roll. We have decided to delve into the history of leopard print and trace its evolution.
1920-30: Dior and decadence
In the early 20's leopard print element considered luxury apparel, because of its association with the royal mantle. So he keeps popping up on the shoulders of wealthy women, but also marked the decadence of jazz and pop culture. Such well-known women like Joan Crawford, preferred leopard print any other decorative elements. In the postwar period, leopard print is back in the top echelons of fashion, thanks to the new look of Christian Dior.
Due to the culture of a pin-up, leopard print received new association, becoming all of the exotic element in sex. Leopard corset, lingerie - all this has become a whole new way.
In addition to pop culture in the 40s leopard still could be seen as a luxury item of clothing. Rich women could afford a coat of fur, and not just an elegant decorative element.
The 1950s: the fur hierarchy
1950 was a key period in the evolution of leopard print. It was at this time the fur became an element in determining the status and financial position, in other words, natural leopard fur was a symbol of prosperity, marking an entire fur hierarchy. Along with the foxes and rabbits, the leopard was regarded as a leader, being expensive and domineering piece of women's wardrobe. But along with the luxury, the leopard began to appear in everyday clothes, it is worth remembering Jayne Mansfield, which appeared in the light in leopard leggings.
1960: Turning point
Due to the style of Jacqueline Kennedy, leopard print becomes part of the mainstream in 1960. But, unfortunately, the fur used in the Kennedy costume, was a natural, and it resulted in a massive hunt for the trend and the killing of hundreds of animals.
Quite a large contribution to the fashion of leopard print and also made Audrey Hepburn appeared in the legendary hat of leopard fur in the film "Charade" 1963rd year. Leopard coat Mrs. Robinson from the movie "The Graduate" was also very memorable, creating an image of a strong and sexy women in film.
1970: Leopard in a subculture
With the advent of glam culture in the 70's leopard print it has become popular not only among women but also among men. Musicians wore tight leggings, as a symbol of the subculture, which greatly increased the interest in this element of the wardrobe and in other sectors of society. In the middle of this decade, it has received a new print definition - rebellious. Punks like Sid Vicious and Debbie Harry, put on a leopard trend spirit of freedom and challenge.
1980: The spots on the podium
By the 80 th years of leopard print officially became a left-hand, taking his place on the fashion catwalks. Diane von Furstenberg, for example, chose the leopard as its iconic style in translucent dresses and blouses.
1990: Casual Fashion
In the 90's leopard print has become more democratic and leaked to the masses. From prostitutes from Tony Scott's "True Love", to Beth Lins, with its combination of leopard fur, hair bleached by the chemistry and artificial nails. Spice Girls have a bit of youthful maximalism, began the fashion of leopard print tops for any occasion. Well, of course, Madonna with its old-fashioned glamor revived a little shocking trends of the 90s, appearing in the light in a chic leopard print coat and red lips during the presentation of his album "Bedtime Story", in 1995.
2000-2010-s: A New Era
In the last decade the fashion leopard print industry can be found everywhere, from decorative elements to the specific components of the wardrobe. For example, in 2007 Armani showed pants with leopard print on their spring show; Kate Moss combined light summer dress with a coat of artificial fur; Burberry fall collection proved that mixing prints and mix them with casual wear, is still relevant, and it is unlikely phenomenon leopard print ever sink into oblivion.