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Ralph Lauren, 1994

Lorynn Divita

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

Article

Ralph Lauren specializes in promoting an idealized romantic lifestyle, whether it is the WASP-y life of inherited privilege in the northeast, the rugged individualism of the American cowboy, or British colonialism in Africa. However, for this collection Lauren took a different path, featuring military-influenced styles in khaki fabrics juxtaposed with flowing dresses that strongly resemble the traditional Vietnamese ao dai costume, complete with models styled in conical non la leaf hats. Although

Polo Shirt, Ralph Lauren, Spring/Summer 1999

Jaclyn Pyper

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

Article

An item of clothing with its origins in sportswear, the polo shirt (also known as the golf shirt or tennis shirt) has since been adopted by many designers and included in catwalk collections. The roots of the polo shirt can be traced to polo players in the late 1800s, and the style was later adapted for the tennis courts by René Lacoste in the 1920s. A symbol of preppy, collegiate style by the latter half of the twentieth century, the polo shirt continues to be used and adapted by designers, ofte

Ralph Lauren

Daphne Stylianou

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

Designer Biography

Conclusion: The Revenge of China

Adam Geczy

Source: Fashion and Orientalism. Dress, Textiles and Culture from the 17th to the 21st Century 2013

Book chapter

Dolce color d’orientale zaffiro [Sweet hue of oriental sapphire].

How Blue Jeans went Green: The Materiality of an American Icon

Bodil Birkœbwk Olesen

Source: Global Denim 2011

Book chapter

First they built the country’s infrastructure, then they populated it with a collective identity

Lauren, Ralph

Michael Gross

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion 2010

Encyclopedia entry

Even as a boy Lauren loved to dress well and was always a sartorial step ahead of his peers. He liked to try on his dapper father’s jaunty hats, and he wore his older brothers’ hand-me-downs with a notable sense of style. Even if his clothes were not expensive, he distinguished them with an unusual drape or combination. He knew how to tie a Shetland sweater around his shoulders just so and rolled the cuffs of his jeans in a particular and unique way. When he fantasized about being a teacher, he i

Olympic Dress, Uniforms, and Fashion

Karen LaBat and Susan L. Sokolowski

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Global Perspectives 2010

Encyclopedia entry

In the world of sport, the Olympics are the international catwalk to showcase innovation, brand identity, designer talent, national pride and athletic moments. The modern Olympics, 1896 to today, include winter and summer sporting events that can be used to promote a host country, highlight apparel companies’ new technologies and designs, and catapult athletes’ careers. The Olympics offer a prime opportunity for the introduction of innovative styles and technologies evident in both the opening an

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