Fringe is an ornamental textile trim applied to the edge of an item. In this case pieces of clothing or accessories. This trend has lived on throughout the decades and now its back and better than ever.
In the 100 years of fashion issue of Vogue Fringe was widely commented on. “During the 1920s, one of the most popular dances, the Charleston, lent its name to a dress completely covered in fringe, that would move and shake along with the body’s movement, revealing the legs. These embroidered or shawled dresses invaded all of high society throughout America and Europe.”
In the 50’s Finge took a more Rock and Roll appeal as Elvis Presley adorned his leathered jackets with it and so did Hell’s Angel’s whilst riding their Harley Davidsons.
During the 60’s and 70’s Fringe took a more American Indian feel as Cher adopted the trend as her signature style for both day and night. She repeatedly wore suede finged jackets and boots.
Giorgio Armani, at the end of the ’80s, sent models down the runways with embroidered, patterned, long-fringed shawls, as well as fringed evening dresses.
In the 90’s, Dolce & Gabbana created a long skirt and top embroidered with crystals forming short fringe. It was worn by Linda Evangelista and photographed by Steven Meisel.
Today we glimpse 5 minutes into a Coachella slideshow and fringe is practically the mandatory uniform.
Impossible to extinguish, fringe will always come back. In one way or another.
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