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The History of the Female Dandy Suit

Thursday, 04 November 2010

Female Dandy SuitThe season of fashion shows of Autumn-Winter 2010-2011 recently held in Paris demonstrated the exclusive popularity of the new trend when the manly tendencies are introduced in female clothes. Various fashion designers when creating for women are captivated with creation of androgynous images to match femininity and masculinity and interpretation of the tradition clothes for men adopted for women when men’s jacket turns into the stylish women’s coats, vests ad even cocktail dresses.

Nevertheless, the women adopted a single item from the men’s wardrobe long time ago to enjoy till now that is the business dandy suit. Being the essential ensemble for the successful businesswoman and undeniable recognizable symbol of power and authority, the dandy sit takes its niche in the wardrobe of most businesswomen. Now it is hard to imagine that several decades ago the dandy suit worn by a woman was considered the action to break all proprieties.

Revolution for suits

The first dandy suit appeared in women’s wardrobe in the 20s, the times when the women were shocked by inventions of legendary Coco Chanel. However, whatever authority was used by the talented Frenchwoman and she failed then to cultivate the love of fashionmongers of that time to trousers. The female dandy suit appeared as the regular consequence of the total democratization of fashion and some emancipation of the society: women of the 20s wore trousers along with men, hats and even single eye-glass, were keen on sports and drove automobiles. On the whole, the end of the World War I promoted the change of position of ladies in the society. The women of that time had to replace men at the manufacture fighting at war and the fluffy skirt or a long evening dress was a ridiculous garment.

The 30s was known to have another follower of female dandy suits popular in show biz and cinematography. Marlene Dietrich who used to wear men’s clothes in most movies she starred in preferred dandy ensembles to go to public. Thanks to Marlene Dietrich and her exclusive popularity in USA and Europe, the female dandy suit that went out of line though adherents to conservative traditional fashion still considered that woman wearing trousers was outrageous. Though, the World War II with the anticipated Great Depression put the fashion disputes to end.

One of the committed admires of female dandy suits was the famous Hollywood dive, the actress Katharine Hepburn. During the 50s the female dandy suits were still considered unacceptable for most women and Katharine Hepburn faced the troubles with objection of this trend. The actress who loved wearing trousers had to enter the Claridges Hotel in London through the entry for personnel since a woman in trousers was forbidden to enter the prestigious building through the lobby.

The trend for female dandy suits swiftly flourished in the 60s. The French couturier Andre Courreges, all-known as the first designer of mini skirts along with Mary Quant, presented the collection of female dandy suits for every day use with straight and skinny long trousers. Courreges and the followers of this trend, being the reputed fashion designers in the fashion world, put the female dandy suit to the level when the American and European ladies showed high interest to it. Yet, in 1966 the legendary French couturier Yves-Saint-Laurent finally presented the legendary Le Smoking, a dandy suit for women for evening wear which became incredibly elegant interpretation of the male smoking. Le Smoking by Yves-Saint-Laurent set the standards for colleagues followed the designer and offered the stylish alternative to the business women wear.

It is surprising but the female dandy suits in collections of reputed fashion designers never influenced the positions of conservative society. So, in the early 70s women wearing dandysuits were not allowed to some particular fashionable restaurants in New York. The dandy suit found its niche in democratic 90s in the wardrobe of a woman and now women are free to appear at restaurants and other public places, in the society and at work wearing dandy suits.

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Warren O'Leary  - Gender bias against males in fashion   |2011-04-06 21:59:18
While most males would not ever consider " transvestism or cross-dressing " unlike most females the last 50 years; what ever happen to gender equality ? Society rejects male cross-dressers, the same societal rules should be reapplied to females; now that is equality . A lot of male fashion styles are reintroduced and repackaged as the " new " feminine look, never to be seen in menswear again; if that isn't gender bias, what is ?
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