Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Fashion Camouflage 1: Joan Crawford

My people behold the first example of how fashion can create the illusion of perfection: Joan Crawford. Girlfriend apparently had many a “defect” that needed to be fixed via clothes with the savvy guidance of Adrian. She was long waisted coupled with short stocky legs plus broad shoulders. To balance her out Adrian designed dresses that were long and usually dark in the skirt, to create the illusion of length; he also enhanced her shoulders rather than hide them which proved to be a raging fashion trend in her day lasting from the late 30’s to the late 40’s. No surprise there, in the past many trends emerged precisely from someone’s desire to hide the flaws of their bodies, take why men usually leave the last button of their jackets undone: King Edward VII had a beer belly so the bottom button of his jacket was always left open and his gaggle of imitators decided it was oh-sooo-chic. More than a hundred years later and men still follow the royal solution to looking dapper in a suit. 

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