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The omnipresent significance of the eighteenth century and the masked ball for the House of Dior found expression in the design of “Angie” for the “Masquerade and Bondage” collection, a short variation on 1760s court dress, paraphrasing the fashionable life and cruel fate of Marie Antoinette. Using the surface of the hip panels as a canvas for narrative and caricaturized embroideries, the dress becomes an epitome of storytelling through dressmaking, evoking crucial episodes of French history. Gal

Alexander McQueen for Givenchy, Fall/Winter 2000

Lydia Edwards

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

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“I can’t be too literal with my references,” Alexander McQueen said in 2000, when asked to pinpoint the theme of a recent collection. “It’s a number of references culminating together to make one idea.” Nevertheless, with a researched family history dating back to the 1500s, McQueen always acknowledged that “Every part of my background comes from something, be it the Jacobites or the Huguenots,” and influences from Giovanni Bellini to André Courrèges can be glimpsed in his collections. The pieces

Paul Smith, Fall/Winter 2000

Michael P. Londrigan

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

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Paul Smith is a world-renowned English designer who has created numerous collections over the years. Paul Smith has built a global empire covering women’s wear, children’s wear, accessories, and menswear. His menswear collection of fall/winter 2000 will be examined while comparing and contrasting his unique style to events in the world that were having an impact on fashion.

Christian Dior Ready-to-Wear, Spring/Summer 2000

Hayley-Jane Mazières

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

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When John Galliano was appointed by Bernard Arnault as the creative director at the French fashion house of Givenchy in 1995, he became the first British designer to lead an established Parisian brand. In fall 1996, he set the bar higher when he became responsible for Christian Dior’s haute couture, accessories, and ready-to-wear lines. Instantly remarked on with his graduate collection, “Les Incroyables,” presented in 1984 at London’s college of Central Saint Martins, John Galliano had been favo

Valentino Couture, Fall/Winter 2000

Rosily Roberts

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

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In 2000, Valentino celebrated forty years in the fashion industry with a series of events and a special display of his previous designs. This collection, created in the midst of this period of self-reflection and celebration, is a witness to that. There are clear references among the garments to previous designs and the fashions of the previous century, which Valentino looks to for inspiration. His fall/winter 2000 designs are slimmer and more revealing than those of the 1980s, displaying more of

Calvin Klein Collection, Calvin Klein, Spring/Summer 2000

Linda Welters

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

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Calvin Klein’s spring/summer 2000 menswear collection displayed all of the features that the New York designer had become known for during his illustrious career. Klein’s collection featured minimalist styles in luxurious, neutral-colored fabrics with a hint of sexuality. This collection was shown at a pivotal time in the company’s history, when Klein and his business partner Barry Schwartz were trying to sell the company, which had retail sales of $5 billion. Klein himself had overseen the desig

Reinvention and Renaissance: 1980s–2010

Joy Spanabel Emery

Source: A History of the Paper Pattern Industry. The Home Dressmaking Fashion Revolution 2014

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The 1980s witnessed a burst of computer technological. The technology was incorporated in pattern companies’ business practices in manufacturing and marketing procedures. By 1991, when restricted commercial use of the Internet was lifted, pattern companies embraced it to rapidly market their designs. Companies began to use computer applications to trim costs, to improve inventory control, and to boost productivity. For example, Simplicity used an application to streamline procedures for processi

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