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. Read on for the first installment.
For this first post, a little background about me: I always knew I wanted to be in fashion. After spending a few years within the industry freelancing for the CFDA and Condé Nast, I found myself uninformed and ignorant of fashion's greater social relevance and its stylistic evolution. So I decided to further my education in the field of costume history. As a current graduate student and a budding fashion historian, I created Part Nouveau in hopes of bridging the gap between the fashion industry and the field of fashion academia; two fields which share the same subject matter yet are seemingly at odds with one another. One is focused on the future, the other on the past. But, one cannot understand where we are today without acknowledging how we got here. While fashion is cyclical and derivative in its nature, identifying sartorial lineages allows for a stronger preservation of fashion's past whilst simultaneously propelling fashion into the future.
So, without further ado, let's take a closer look at the comparison photos:
On the eve of the 1970s, Yves Saint Laurent's transgressive designs would propel the fashionable woman into the new decade, dressing her in bifurcated garments with an unabashed sexuality on display. In 1968, Franco Rubartelli photographed model and reported girlfriend Veruschka wearing a YSL front-laced Safari tunic that had been specially commissioned by Vogue Paris for their 1968 July/August issue.
In the April 2009 issue of Harper's Bazaar, photographer Peter Lindbergh shot Gisele Bündchen portrayed as several of the sartorial archetypes of the 20th century, recreating Veruschka's well-known portrait to embody the fashionable ideal of the late '60s.