Looking forward to the next season, it became apparent, when looking at Style.com's Fall 2011 Trend Reports, how much of it seemed to be direct copies of pieces in historic editorials. This is obviously nothing new- in this age of post-modernism, "inspirations" are cut and diced into a dizzying array of combinations that often so facile and derivative that they seem to lack any forward thinking. While there are a few garments in the trend reports that I actually like and would wear, the vintage pieces they draw from should be noted. I've put together little comparative discussions between the old and the new, mainly for fun- and hopefully for some education. The editorials I've selected are not the first examples of these trends, but merely illustrations of the continuations of ideas through the history of fashion.
Editorial by Caroline Baker for Nova, February 1969.