May 29, 2012

Downton Abbey is Having a Major Impact on Fashion

                                                                                                 Source: google.com via Laura on Pinterest

Fashion is influenced by many things: culture, socio-economics, politics, music, art. Now add television to the list. TV is a major part of our culture. TV usually represented the style of the times: 90210 and Saved by the Bell in the '90s or Gossip Girl today. However, with the growing trend of period piece television, shows like Mad Men and Downton Abbey are influencing fashion like no show ever have in the past.


Banana Republic created a Mad Men collection that was so popular that they are collaborating again. The trend of '60s fashion definitely came back in a big way these past 2 years. Pencil skirts, peplums, loafers were all seen on the runways.


But now there's a new show changing the course of fashion - PBS's British series Downton Abbey. It takes place at a fictional estate called "Downton Abbey" in North Riding of Yorkshire and follows the aristocratic Crawley family in the 1900s. World War 1 was happening which affected the world because no other war had been fought at this scale.

Many felt like some of the greatest pieces of art and literature occurred during this time. The threat and danger of not knowing what was going to happen really inspired artists (such as) to create lasting pieces. Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce created a new and very different prose style of writing.

One reason why this show has grown in such popularity is because we are coming off a hard hitting economic recession. People stopped spending less so fashion had to tone down the extravagance on the runways. Now nearly 3 years later, we are in a slow recovery and consumers feel more comfortable shopping and indulging again. With the assassination of Osama Bin Laden, consumers breathed a sigh of relief and felt like a war that was fought for many years was finally over (even though in reality it is not). Obama made Americans feel that the everything was right with the world again and that made consumers comfortable shopping again.

Designers like Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren were extremely lavish with their Paris Fashion Week runway shows. Fur has been all over the runways and it's because designers know that people are ready to treat themselves to a luxury item again. We took 3 years of toning down our looks but now fashion is going to have a revival of extravagance. We are no longer ashamed to show off that we can afford certain pieces or to save our money for one luxury item in our closet. Where's the first place people usually spend? Fashion.

It has even taken over culturally with a spoof from Jimmy Fallon on his late night talk show. Watch below:


Next major influence? "The Great Gatsby." The first trailer has been released and the fashions are gorgeous. There have already been some flapper influence on the runways and it's only going to get bigger:



Are you excited about these cultural influences on fashion?

15 comments:

  1. It's quite interesting how popular TV-shows and movies make such an impact in the world of fashion! I'm really excited to see the new Gatsby movie, as I've seen the original movie starring Robert Redford a couple of times!

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    1. So excited for the movie - Carey Mulligan looks gorgeous :)

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  2. I need to watch that show. I think I'm the only person who hasn't! The fashion seems great though.
    And I'm so excited for the Great Gatsby. I loved that book so can't wait to see the movie.

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    1. haha I haven't watched it. Love the Jimmy Fallon bits though :) YES! So excited for The Great Gatsby movie!

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  3. I would love to see some Downton Abbey-inspired fashion, especially with maxi skirts being so trendy! I love the delicate accents - beading, thin lace, etc. Feminine without being over-the-top.

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  4. I don't know if I would ever have the guts to pull of these looks but I like them! Especially what Ralph Lauren's got going on!

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    1. Well you don't have to pull off the look entirely ;)

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  5. Fun post! Loving the Downton Abbey and Flapper influences! I haven't watched the series. I'm going to have to check it out!

    xx
    Giovanna
    www.oliveandanarrow.com

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    1. I haven't either :x The fashion is quite extravagant though with lots of ruffled skirts :)

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  6. huge fan of downton abbey! would love to see a modern twist on these clothes and i am sure the great gatsby will be a huge fashion influence
    brett

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    1. Well look for it in Fall 2012! Yes, the trailer looks beautiful :)

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  7. i am a huge DA fan and am happ with it's fashion influence..i am not very fond of the rise of fur though..and the 20's flapper is just fabulous...

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    1. Yeah me neither :/ I thought fashion had put a ban on it then it was EVERYWHERE on the runways so I guess it was just a phase

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  8. If you like DA, you should check out Manor House. It's this 2002 PBS reality show where 21 modern day men/women live in an Edwardian country house for 3 months. Six of them are the upstairs family while the rest are the downstairs help. It was a fascinating show to watch.

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