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Bohemian-Hippie-Flower Power you name it

Call it the way you want, Hippie, Bohemian, Flower Power, Hobo, Boho, and wear it with floral printed materials, head bands, lots of necklaces,  rings, and jeans, but most important, feel free to use them all.

Bohemian, besides being peoples from the Bohemia zone in Europe,  refers also to an early 19th century movement characterized for its unconventional lifestyle. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood embraced this new way of life, believing in  expressing  freedom away from conventionality.  William and Jane Morris, Annie Miller, Elizabeth Siddle and Dante Gabriel Rossetti expressing in design and art with a liberated style.

Back in 1950 a hipster group of people was experimenting with a laid back style with colorful, psychedelic, patchwork clothing, sometimes ethnic inspired, incorporating American Indian designs and Afghan textiles.

This style reflected in the 60’s and 70’s Beatnik, Flower Power and Hippie movements, bearded with flowers over the long hair and bare feet as a way of expressing this liberating freedom, adding the wide use of denim jeans, sometimes stone washed, stressed and mixed with leather, embroidery and patchwork, combined mostly with large-flowered blouses, scarves and plaid shirts also.

For 2012 trends point towards this freedom style as many designers jump on this wave and include much of this elements on the runaway. Find Moschino, Tommy Hilfiger and many more fashion houses.

Combine flowered blouses, dresses and skirts, use denim jackets over them with long necklaces, shawls rings and headbands create a very personal and fun style that fits you and most of all, feel the freedom in nature, feel the grass and run barefoot. 🙂

Links:

Pre Raphaelite Models and Dresses

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Pre Raphaelite Models and Dresses

“The Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood was a group of English painters, poets, and critics, founded in 1848 by William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The three founders were soon joined by William Michael Rossetti, James Collinson, Frederic George Stephens and Thomas Woolner to form a seven-member “brotherhood”. And some of the followers of this trend like John William Waterhouse and Arthur Hacker

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-Raphaelite_Brotherhood

Can we learn something about style and fashion by just looking at Pre-Raphaelite paintings. Or by the paintings of artists they influenced in general and what their models wore in particular, so that we can find inspiration in the design of fashion.

Working with delicate materials we can give the impression that the fabric is only a fast excuse to cover the model’s body and fastening over her hips or waist a piece of fabric without giving it much thinking, the result of the gown is romantic and feminine at the same time. Accessorizing it with scarves, flowers entwined in their hair and gold pins.

This style is represented by romantic and medieval airy dresses, wearing sometimes layers of light materials, the special use of scarves, hairdressing, accessories, hair bands, waist bands and shawls in different colors.

John William Waterhouse, Ariadne. Dress maybe in red gauze with brown belt.

John William Waterhouse, Boreas. Deep blue dress can be in gauze with a chiffon shawl.

John Everett Millais, Nordwest. White dress with rose band.

John William Waterhouse, Gather ye Rosebuds while ye may. Peach and blue dresses with brown band on the hips, and green satin dress with flowers and red sleeves

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Proserpine. Blue dress could be in a lustrous satin fabric

John William Waterhouse, Lady of Shalott. White dress with wide sleeves decorated in gold, and black belt over the hips.

William Holman Hunt. Isabella with Basil Pot. Rose pastel long sleeves with shawl like band over the hips in blue maybe in a light Crape crinkled fabric.

In this fresh and romantic style don’t use heavy fabrics like a heavy satin or velvet this will  not work, the material used can be in purpose worn out, as long time used, to give this antique air. If trying to get to this style use very thin and delicate materials or delicate silk also. And don’t forget leave your models with long hair    🙂

Use some of this fabrics:

Chiffon sheer silk fabric plain woven

Damask satin waved fine and lustrous with flat patterns if using it, must be as soft as possible

Voile soft

Silk very light

Gauze open wave fabric made of cotton

Organza transparent thin silk

Mousseline, Organdie fine translucent cotton

Reticella is an old Venetian lace like fabric can be used as accessory

Satin closely woven silk with lustrous face

 

For more about Medieval Textiles

https://bassia.wordpress.com/2010/10/02/a-look-into-medieval-textiles

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