Do April Showers Bring May Flowers?

24.3.11



Current theme:The Florist


Does January bring a new year? Do July fireflies inspire August skies? If April showers bring forth flowers in May, what do the snow storms in March have to offer? Pondering……
 
Figured it out yet? Yup. I came up with nothing tangible either, but I digress as THIS too shall pass. Soon flowers will bloom and shops will be awash with prints. (aIthough I'm  certain they already are).
 
Floral prints: formerly used on work wear and clothes linings, they rose to popularity in the 20s after laying low for decades. Florals have been in existence since the beginning of time I'm sure, but came into prominence during the Romantic era. Middle class wanting to appear gentrified turned to bloom-scattered crinolins. Writers like Jane Austen and Lord Byron who's works were filled with ideas of femininity and romanticism further their popularity as skirts gained width at the bottom with ruffles and floral embellishments.  
 
Victorian era came along and women upped the anti by wearing hair pieces and artificial flowers such as velvet pansies and roses combined into intricate headpieces. With Parisienne couturiers embracing prints on full skirted dresses in the 1950s, it was an inevitable explosion. And so, floral prints stand today. O'er and o'er, they seem to withstand the test of time with me and once again, I'm looking forward floral print dresses of all lengths for Spring.

And yourself? Spring dresses? What are you most looking forward to over the next few weeks?


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6 Contributions:

Kara said...

Nice collage! I've never been a floral person until this year, but now I can't get enough. Thanks for a bit of history on them :)

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Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

I love your pieces on fashion history. And that rose made of text is gorgeous. I am embracing the floral trend and will be wearing various prints this Spring.

Hope the snow gives way to sun and prettiness very soon.

Tastes Eclectic Fashion said...

I love reading about fashion history-it combines three great passions of mine (fashion, history and learning). So fascinating.

I'm hungry for florals and floaty, light dresses though we've gotten pummeled with way too many inches of snow as well.

KateLainey said...

I love florals!!! My next outfit post actually has my favorite floral skirt featured in it...can't wait for more warmer weather!

What a beautiful collage!

styleonthecouch said...

I struggle a little with floral prints, feel very self conscious, so I try and do bits and bobs here and there, accessories might be the way for me to incorporate florals into my outfits this Spring and Summer.

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classiq said...

Lovely collage! The floral trend is not really my style, but I have won the most fabulous floral print beret from Couture Millinery Atelier and I've started to reconsider.:)

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