Plus ça Change: Stripes

Just as each modern generation coming of age believes it has invented sex, hedonism and all nighters… whilst re-inventing fashion in its own image (obvs). So each era, spins the stripes round, thinking only they have re-calibrated the graphic line.  Only …. once you’re further down the line, do you recognise the stripes permanent allure,  its cannes-do attitude.  If you can say the same the for the parties, the hedonism and the rest…ADA salutes you.

IMG_3911 A summer dress, contrasting horizontal stripes with chevron effect stripe bodice.  Modelled by IT model Jean Shrimpton in 1962, the year before ‘sex was invented, in 1963’.

Oscar+de+la+Renta+Spring+2013+eYmO7BzGiTpx50 years on, Oscar de la Renta’s show stopping run way dress of 2013, which became the IT dress of the season, gracing magazine covers, Vogue fashion spreads, the Awards season and David Downton’s timeless illustrations.

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A summer dress, contrasting horizontal stripes with chevron effect stripe skirt.

Plus ça change.

Image Credits:

Jean Shrimpton, Resort Fashion, Caroline Rennolds Milbank. Rizzoli.

Oscar de La Renta runway shot and campaign shoot

‘The best of’

Polyvore collage of who wore it best.

Fan Bing Bing at Vanity Fair, Getty images at

Michelle Dockerty by David Downton, illustrator supreme.

Philip Larkin’s poem:  opening lines –

“Sexual intercourse began In nineteen sixty-three (which was rather late for me) –

Between the end of the “Chatterley” ban And the Beatles’ first LP”

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