Friday, January 20, 2017

On the Fringe

It sways, moving with the rhythm of every shimmy and shake. It covers while also playing peek-a-boo with the skin that lies beneath. This fixture of fashion is best known as fringe.

Fringe has made cameo appearances over the course of history, playing backup to other design elements like embroidery, rhinestones or tie dye. But it has also had its moments of playing a leading role, such as the case with the Fall 2016 collections.
With roots in the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia, fringe also has origins in Native American culture as means to repel rain water. This practical use was adopted by America’s cowboys as they faced the uncharted frontier. 
Overtime, fringe evolved into something a bit more playful, particularly when it hit mainstream culture thanks to the rising hemlines of the 1920s flappers. As they danced the night away in jazz clubs, flappers donned fringe on their dresses to help cover the risqué exposure of their knees. But it also added a bit of flair as they hopped along with the moves of the Charleston.

 Fringe made another splash on the fashion stage as hippie culture took over. During the reign of free love and disco, 1970s music sensations Cher and Dolly Parton took their part in propelling the trend.
For several seasons now fringe has been seen on the runways. With the ability to add the spirit of the wild west, a bit of drama or playful accent, fringe has shown up in multiple forms in the collections. 
Cowgirl meets rocker chic in the designs of Zuhair Murad.


Always one to embrace elements of the America’s heritage, Ralph Lauren adds fringe to his Western wear looks.

While fringe goes boho in the spirit of love and freedom with Zimmermann.
Regardless of your style, the case continues to be made that there's a fringe for everyone. 

Runway Photos: Vogue.com 

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