Polka Polka Polka Dots

It’s that time of year when polka dots bloom all over the style and fashion scene. I love them! They’re cheery and classic. From day wear to evening they can compliment anyone’s style at any age. You can go wild to subtle , colourful to contrasting even in the neutral colour pallet the pattern is full of joy.

History

The term polka dot pattern may have been derived from the nineteenth century craze for the light hearted polka dance, with its origins in Bohemia or Poland, but in previous centuries the pattern was considered taboo or an omen for bad luck.

During the Middle Ages there was an out break of smallpox and other spreading diseases in Europe which produced “spots” on the skin. You can see why this pattern on fabric wouldn’t be popular.

In Eastern and African cultures this pattern had a positive connotation. It was viewed as a magical pattern or symbol and even related to male potency. The smaller the pattern to more powerful the wearer was.

“The term “polka dots” to refer to a spotted fabric first appeared in print in 1857 in Godey’s Lady’s Book, a Philadelphia-based women’s magazine of the time period.” But during and before this period several versions of these cheerful dots were found in French and German couture and called by different names.

By the twentieth century the “tiny tinny polka dot bikini’, as the song goes, and the light hearted pattern was well embedded in the fashion world and has been associated with spring and summer style trends.

Do the Polka Dot

Well known artist, Yayoi Kusama, a Japaneese contemporary artist, features the dot in her colourful work and the pattern is her life long inspiration.

Naoshimapumpkin

Yellow Pumpkin, Naoshima (Japan)

Home decor has been infused in this pattern as drapes, cushion covers,towels, and sheets–even doggy beds.

In fashion the trend continues. You’ll find it in men’s wear, children, baby items, and of course in women’s fashion.

When you are wearing polka dots you are wearing a long history of textile innovation, one which may have emanated from the worst time in European history and then referencing to hope and magic. Whatever your reason, wear it proudly because you’ll always be in style.

Here are some of the famous designers featuring the dot:

Madona in polka dots from Instagram 2019



Linen cotton dress vintage 60’s
Black and White silk dress. 1970’s

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/688388522/vintage-1960s-linen-polka-dot-sheath?ref=shop_home_active_1
Black and white silk jacket vintag 1960″s.

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/702254161/vintage-60s-black-and-white-silk-jacket?ref=listing_published_alert


Thanks for stopping by!

References

The Facinating origins of the Polka Dot

Wikipedia, Yayoi Kusama ,Naoshima Pumpkin

Instagram photo, Madona 2019.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chanel Dress, Karl Largofeeld 1980’s.

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Think Spring and Vintage

It’s almost here…spring! When I look at my sad salt incruated boots I know that I’m ready for a change.

What’s in this season:

Colour: Pink, neon, white, nudes, navy, yellow, and red.

Pattern: Animal prints, strips, houndstooth, colour blocks, and simple florals.

Silouette: Flared, loose fit, leggings, and boxy.

Fabrics: Denim, silks, linens, light tweeds, light knits and cotton.

Gone are the days when your fashion choices have to be limited to just a one liner like black. It seems that the current trends can be interpreted in many ways and do I dare say unlimited in combination and choices. That’s right anything goes!

When I skim through the fashion spreds I notice one common theme-vintage inspired. So, why buy a copy and spend way too much when you can purchase the real thing in a better quality fabric- like wool or linen instead a plastic based fabric that was on its way to the land fill.

The vintage clothing industry repurposes good to excellant merchandise that is truly one of a kind and environmentally respectful. They were usually made in the country they were sold in, from fabric to sales, with no underpaid sweat shops involved.

I’ve been a collector of vintage clothing, woman’s and men’s, for a long time. My mom was my influence. She had a keen eye and feel for fashion and yes she was a striking figure whether she wore her faux pearls when she went grocery shopping, or gardening. Those were the days!

Toda ythe spring schene is full of stunning choices. Why not choose the vintage alternative, you’ll nevee look back.

Dominic RompolloLeopard Knit Top and Skirt Set

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/691397409/vintage-designer-leopard-knit-top-and?ref=shop_home_active_2

Vintage 60’s Houndstooth Skirt

I’d love to here from you and your spring fashion fav’s!

Thanks for visiting!