The Fashion Cycle

New blog Part Nouveau, or ‘partly new’, delves into fashion history to showcase the inspiration–be it art, photography or design–behind some of today’s biggest fashion moments. It’s fascinating and impossible not to get lost in, so we asked the site’s founder, Lilah Ramzi, to give us a little history lesson each week. This week's lesson? Fashion really is a cycle--and a freewheelin' one at that!
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New blog Part Nouveau, or ‘partly new’, delves into fashion history to showcase the inspiration–be it art, photography or design–behind some of today’s biggest fashion moments. It’s fascinating and impossible not to get lost in, so we asked the site’s founder, Lilah Ramzi, to give us a little history lesson each week. This week's lesson? Fashion really is a cycle--and a freewheelin' one at that!

New blog Part Nouveau, or ‘partly new’, delves into fashion history to showcase the inspiration–be it art, photography or design–behind some of today’s biggest fashion moments. It’s fascinating and impossible not to get lost in, so we asked the site’s founder, Lilah Ramzi, to give us a little history lesson each week.

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The year after London’s Daily Express anointed her “The Face of ’66,” Twiggy would grace four covers of Vogue US and land one Vogue UK cover in her home country. That same year, she shot an editorial for Vogue UK with photographer Ronald Traeger--whose premature death came just a year later--called “Shorts Supply.” In the spread, Twiggy showed off her twig-like gams, modeling the micro-minis of the season whilst cycling about, legs detached from the pedals in a free-spirited, childlike manner.

For Vogue‘s June 2013 issue, photographer Bruce Weber captured a strikingly similar image of Dree Hemingway in a shoot inspired by the '40s, the heyday of Hemingway's great grandfather Ernest. Taking a cue from Papa Hemingway's affinity for bicycles, Weber photographed Dree balancing her legs out from underneath her mid-ride, much like Twiggy’s version decades before.

Twiggy by Ronald Traeger for British Vogue July, 1967.

Twiggy by Ronald Traeger for British Vogue July, 1967.

Dree Hemingway by Bruce Weber, Vogue June 2013

Dree Hemingway by Bruce Weber, Vogue June 2013