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Purple

Emma Davenport

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

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Associated with cultural symbols of opulence and originality, historically the color purple has been worn to convey wealth and status, in particular by those with royal heritage. More recently, the color purple has been linked with creativity and charisma, often gaining popularity in less conservative Western socioeconomic periods. On the catwalk, a variety of designers have used the color purple, including Chloé, Gianni Versace, Byblos, and Sonia Rykiel. Toward the end of the twentieth century,

Etro

Sandra J. Ley

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

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Oscar de la Renta, Spring/Summer 1995

Lucy Moyse

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

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Oscar de la Renta’s spring/summer 1995 collection featured an array of sherbert candy shades and styles of dress, from halter, strapless, and bandeau minidresses to full, short-sleeve A-line versions, inspired by his mentor, Cristóbal Balenciaga. Shown at New York Fashion Week, the collection also included provocative, nightwear-inspired styles and even a wedding dress. While the mix of styles was eclectic, many of the designer’s praised signature traits were apparent, which converged to form an

Givenchy Couture, Fall/Winter 1988

Aimee Williams

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

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The year 1988 marked major events for Givenchy. In June, French conglomerate Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey (LVMH) acquired Givenchy’s couture line. Hubert de Givenchy received his Lifetime Achievement award in October. The fall/winter collection’s focal points were texture and color. Rich greens, purples, and crimson saturated fluid fabrics like satin, velvet, and silk, with matching dyed mink, beaver, and fox coats and stoles. Large dyed feathers made an impact in evening wear, affixed to floor-l

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