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The End of the Blob

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FROM ONE EXTREME TO ANOTHER
Hairpin turns in fashion history, from the New Look to now.


1947: The New Look
First Christian Dior’s opulent silhouettes instantly made all those tailored wartime dresses look starved …


1965: The Mini
…Then Mary Quant’s schoolgirlish high hems made full skirts look hopelessly bourgeois…


1969: The Pantsuit
… Then Yves Saint Laurent’s androgynous suit made the mini look juvenile …


1985: Shoulder Pads
… Then shoulder pads made pantsuits look asexual …


1988: The Bubble Skirt
… Then poufs made shoulder pads look too serious …


1992: Minimalism
… Then minimalism made poufs look insubstantial …


1995: Sex
… Then Tom Ford’s landmark Gucci collection made minimalism look cold-blooded, which leads to the baby doll, which leads to now.


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