Sunday, September 11, 2011

100 Years Of Fashion In 100 Seconds

To advertise the September 13th 2011 opening of Westfield Stratford City, Europe's largest urban shopping mall and the UK's largest mall anywhere, promoters made this delightful montage of fashion from 1911 to now. It has always been fascinating to me how silhouettes change over time, and consequently how we perceive ourselves as humans. You can tell what was going on in culture, society, religion, economics, entertainment, and psychology by which body parts are emphasized and which ones are de-emphasized.

I appreciate the reference to World War II when the man disappears briefly to go off to war.

This marvelous chart of silhouettes through time is pretty amazing too. Click to study the larger version.

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