Today’s words are very interesting indeed. You may have heard about the A-skirt. the very cute silhouette super famous in the sixties and now in every store. Do you know where these terms are coming from? Let’s get to the definitions and the history of these shapes. By the way the man in the picture is the one creating these concepts. You know him?
What is an A-line?
The A-Line garments are shaped like the letter A, flaring out from a fitted waist or the shoulders to the hem for example A-Line coat, A-Line gown or A-Line skirt. The term was coined by Parisian fashion designer Christian Dior, who introduced the style in the Spring of 1955. Yep! He was the one in the pic before.
Dior is quoted as saying “I have designed flower women”, when referring to the A-shapes.
What is an H-Line?
What is an Y-line?
The Y-Line dress was introduced in Autum of 1955 by, well, you guessed it right.. by Christian Dior. The characteristic shape of Y is suggested by the use of clothing that is tight-fitting at the legs and waist, flaring out at the top with wide shoulders and /or large collars.
It seems that the alphabet was very inspiring for Monsieur Dior, right?. He was extremely shy but his talent spoke louder that any words could ever shout. He was a master at creating shapes and silhouettes. His time was not easy, think of Europe convoluted by the many conflicts, by the war, with not much food, leave aside fabric, with fears and uncertainty. For some reason, in hard times, the best of us comes up and shows.
Hope you enjoyed the words of the post. If you have any word that you would want to add to the fashionese dictionary, please do not hesitate to drop me a line.
Lots of luv,