Friday, 5 December 2008

Lavers Law - Harem trousers and wetlook leggings

Whilst wandering about on the internet the other day I came across Lavers Law on Fashion Era. The law was devised by James Laver a famous fashion historian who was considered an authority on dress and its relationship to society. I am not sure that I agreed with it completely but it definitely gave me some food for thought.

Laver's Law says that fashions have a timeline and are considered to be:-

Indecent 10 years before its time
Shameless 5 years before its time
Daring 1 year before its time
Smart ----------
Dowdy 1 year after its time
Hideous 10 years after its time
Ridiculous 20 years after its time
Amusing 30 years after its time
Quaint 50 years after its time
Charming 70 years after its time
Romantic 100 years after its time
Beautiful 150 years after its time

Bearing in mind how quickly clothes from previous decades are revived, Sixties, seventies and eighties have all been around for the last few years, I think clothes may leap frog onto the quaint, charming , romantic and beautuful bit a bit earlier than this scale predicts. Also I think there may well be some serious regional variations. Why is it that city dwellers can wear their harem trousers and no one bats an eyelid? Ever since mine turned up in the post yesterday, my husband has not stopped singing MC Hammer "You can't touch this" and telling me how big my bum looks (although I probably agree with him on this point)

So which designers are 10 years before their time? and where on the scale do wetlook leggings fall?

1 comment:

WendyB said...

The vintage timeline has definitely sped up quite a bit.