Designers are inspired by almost anything. They are inspired by an old movie, a period in time, or an architectural building. Many designers get their inspiration from other cultures. One may not notice, but most of the clothes we wear today are a mixture of inspirations and interpretations from cultures all over the world.
Nicole Miller’s spring 2009 collection was inspired by her trip to Haiti. While in Haiti she became enchanted with voo-doo. She used Haitian inspired prints and patterns on billowing blouses and body hugging gowns. She even used a pattern featuring tiny voo-doo dolls! She also took her inspiration a step further by accessorizing with Haitian style panama hats. Nicole Miller’s spring 2009 collection was clearly a reflection of Haitian culture.
Missoni’s spring 2009 collection also displayed pieces that were ethnically influenced. Missoni’s collection was a mixture of Japanese and Italian inspired pieces. Some pieces had kimono style sleeves and obi belts. However, most of the surface patterns were derived from Italian art. Most of her collection was in neutral shades of beige, bronze, and muted brown. This is also a clear example that clothing we wear today is inspired from many diverse cultures.
When someone says “ethnic influences” one may automatically think of a foreign place. However, there are many different ethnic influences here in the United States. An ethnic influence can just be the influence from someone with a different lifestyle. For example in Alexander Wang’s spring 2009 collection his inspiration was clearly a rocker lifestyle. In his collection he showcased leather jackets, textured tights, and studded booties.
Culture is a very important aspect in our lives. It allows us to learn about different people, their beliefs, and their traditions. Culture is especially important in the fashion world. It clearly is inspiration to many designers.
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