Written by Gabriella Pannunzio
"The forward movement of fashion and art trends is not linear". This is how I begin the first class of every term for my Costume History and Art History classes at the Art Institute of New York. "Instead," I continue, "fashion and art trends spiral, always looping back to the past while twisting forward in a new way". The students seem to love this sort of esoterica and nod their heads in mesmerized understanding. When I explain the term “classical antiquity” though, they slide from a state of fascination to thoughts such as "mmm, I could use a doughnut right now" or "how can I text my friend without getting caught?" By the end of the term however, they understand, and are equally amazed as I am by the fact that, throughout so many historic periods, art and fashion continue to refer back to the incredible Greek and Roman times.
Spring is upon us. Therefore, so are spring fashions. I am so pleased to see that a major fashion trend, as seen on the runways for Spring 2012, stems from one of my favorite periods in Fashion and the Decorative Arts: the Art Deco period. According to Style.com, a popular fashion website, the collections of the major names in fashion design presented flavors of many decades, however it is the Art Deco period that got the “loudest roar” this year!
Read more: Art Deco Fashion "New" For Spring 2012!