Trend to watch for Winter 21/22:
Costume History in a Modern Setting.
by Christine Boland | 27.04.2021
For winter 21/22 an important trend is costume history in a modern setting. Ruffles, bodices, puff sleeves, brocade, empire waists and taffeta are highly present. Of course, with a modern twist: at Gucci, a classic tulle dress is combined with a bright blue cable sweater. Marc Jacobs gives a brocade dress a makeover with silver glitter, while Rodarte sends a futuristic metallic evening dress with puff sleeves down the runway.
The origin of this trend? Several factors play a role. For example, the costumes from Netflix series Bridgerton, a historical drama set in London, contributed to the popularity of costume history. According to figures from fashion search engine Lyst searches for corsets, often worn in the series, have increased by 123% since its premiere. Headbands with pearls and feathers saw a 49% increase in searches, and dresses with empire waists grew 93% in popularity.
We can also simply explain the trend as ‘escapism’ After spending a year in hoodies and leggings, a beautiful dress feels transporting. An impractical accessory, be it a feathered hairpin or opera-length gloves, is practically an act of defiance. Dreaming away to days when we can dress in party wear again is one way to get through the lockdown.