Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking!!If you have watched the devil wears Prada, you know…
Ever wonder why florals are so popular for Spring?This fashion dates way back to the Egyptian period.Real flowers were used in garlands or worn as a single flower or leaf.
It is thought that the first floral printed fabrics originated from the East. The Greeks also used flowers for adornment and in the Roman Period, floral inspiration was worked into royal crowns. Later on, to have been able to wear these fabrics was a status symbol.
One of the most famous floral fabrics, chintz, has its origins in India (handmade in the country from between 1600 and 1800). Chintz, a glazed cotton cloth printed with tiny, multicoloured floral motifs, was exported to Europe via Dutch and British merchants during this era.With ornate designs sold to Europeans at very high prices as initially, the British could not figure out how to copy the expensive chintzes, so, in 1680 the fabric was banned from import. Over time, European manufacturers began to copy these fabrics to suit European tastes at a cheaper price, and the rest is history!
Talking of prints, I wore this outfit for a meeting and later for lunch with friends.The grid blazer was added to the shift dress, to create a contrasting and dramatic effect to what would have otherwise been just a pretty prints dress.
In conclusion, the floral fabrics continue to be an important aspect of fashion, from the blooming all over summer shirts, to the bright and bold prints splashed across a chic DVF wrap dress. This versatile motif is here to stay, and we can definitely count on designers to reinvent this iconic part of fashion every other season.
Below is my selection of floral dresses.Happy shopping!!