We have made a nice new blog about Social Distancing in fashion. Because it is sometimes quite difficult to stick to those five feet. But there is enough in history to easily keep yourself away from others. After all, it is not new.
Today we are experiencing firsthand that social distancing and protective clothing/accessories are necessary in times of epi- & pandemics. Face masks, diving goggles, latex gloves: Nobody is surprised anymore by a vacuum-packed fellow on the street or in the neighborhood supermarket. Today's bizarre reality.
But did you know that social distancing - in addition to being a precaution against impending virus contamination - also served as a general safety and status symbol in the past? And that social distancing and fashion therefore sometimes go hand in hand? We have found some nice examples ...
THE (S)HOOP SKIRT
The CRINOLINE - that 19th century voluminous crinoline - was above all a symbol of wealth. After all, the wearer had to be rich and generously housed to be able to get through a door with that wide-standing colossus. Outside the house, those adjoining pergolas of one and a half meters provided social safety: mouth odors and fleas were literally and figuratively kept at a safe distance. The downside was that many a skipping (S)hoop skirt was burned to death when the skirt caught fire. This quickly proves the usefulness of today's 'keep away from fire' labels.
THE COLOSSAL COLLARS
The 16th century millstone collars would also do well now. We've already written a whole blog about the power of the color white, but didn't really go into the size of the white collars. Particularly in the context of Social Distancing, such a colossal collar would definitely create some distance.
The only question is, of course, how should you sneeze into your elbow?
When the collars got smaller again and when the skirt narrowed - and even transformed into a tight 'hobble skirt' - the size of the hat compensated for that. The size of the hat was equal to that of the of physical distance. The devil is in the details: the hat was often fitted with a very sharp hat pin to puncture incoming male egos.
SHOULDER TO SHOULDER
Do you remember them? The eighties shoulder pads? Wasn't it Joan Collins (a.k.a Alexis Colby) who is causing a furore with these massive shrugs? Add a pair of pointed stiletto heels and the Social Distancing works by itself. You don't need volume for that ;-) Oh ... in case you didn't know yet .. they are slowly coming back, those shoulder pads.
We couldn't come up with more for now. If you have any examples with which you can achieve Social Distancing with your clothing, we would naturally love to hear from you.
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