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The New “New Look”

7 May

From the 1920s to the 1940s, skirt lengths rose considerably. Women loved the ability to showcase their gams in knee-length hemlines. They relished the freedom it offered them, the progressive ideas of sex represented in the short hems.

But in 1947 Christian Dior had a different silhouette in mind. Instead of following the trend, he went against the grain and designed mid-calf, full skirts, which Harper’s Bazaar christened the “New Look.” Some women picked up on the fashion statement. And others rebelled, angry that their legs were now going to be hidden and their movement restricted.

Longer skirt lengths are making a comeback in the fashion industry, and I like to think of this as a second coming of the “New Look,” since they’re a departure from the knee-length and above-the-knee lengths that fill most modern women’s closets. They were seen on many a spring 2011 runway, from Rag and Bone to DKNY (pictured below. Different from the New Look of before, this longer hemline is streamlined, usually keeping the maxi close to the body. There are also less demure aspects to this trend, with some designers choosing to make skirts in translucent chiffon to still show some leg.

Jil Sander S2011

This trend today is still in its early stages. It’s mostly the early trend setters that are wearing mid calf and floor length silhouettes rather than the oh-so-popular mini and knee-length skirts seen by the masses. There hasn’t been any real retaliation to this trend yet, probably because women are maybe ready for a change. And more mass retailers are picking up on this trend. For instance, on American Apparel’s skirt page, ankle-lengths are featured first. It will be interesting to see how many women adopt this length in the near future.

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