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Low Key Luxury – Let Silhouettes Do The Talking

13-06-2024   


While many designer brands are keen to feature logos and big names, luxury fashion is all about the careful craftsmanship of high-end garments. Those that can be worn and seen without the need for flashy names or tags. Instead letting the silhouette do the talking, allowing the garment, including luxury dresses, to sit beautifully on the body, emphasising the importance of quality materials, stitches and cuts. 

This focus on quality and craftsmanship is what sets luxury fashion apart from fast fashion or mass-produced clothing. In contrast to the disposable nature of fast fashion, luxury garments are designed to last and be cherished for years to come. This not only speaks to the longevity of the item but also reflects a more sustainable approach to fashion consumption. In this article we will explore just how important silhouettes are in the making of custom and luxury clothing items, and how they have come to contribute to the fashion industry over many, many decades. 

Images: From the Chanel exhibition at the V&A London 2024 by JoJo Iles

The Art of Silhouettes In Luxury Fashion Throughout Time

Silhouettes are the outline or shape of a garment, created by its cut, construction and drape on the body. It is the backbone of fashion design and plays a crucial role in creating visually stunning and well-made garments. The art of creating silhouettes dates back to ancient civilisations, where even the ancient Egyptians were exploring with different body shapes and garments.  However, it wasn’t until the 19th century that silhouettes truly became an important element in fashion design. With the development of mass production and ready-to-wear clothing, designers began to focus on creating unique and flattering silhouettes to differentiate their garments from others.

During the 20th century, many iconic fashion designers emerged who were known for their distinctive silhouettes. For example, Christian Dior’s “New Look” in the 1950s featured full skirts and tiny waists, while Coco Chanel’s designs revolutionised women’s fashion with her simple yet elegant silhouettes. Yves Saint Laurent’s sharp tailoring and use of strong shoulders became his signature style and cemented his place in luxury fashion history.

Letting Silhouettes Shine: Minimalism in Luxury Fashion

In recent years, minimalism has become a significant trend in luxury fashion. This approach focuses on simplicity, clean lines and understated elegance – all of which are perfectly complemented by carefully crafted silhouettes. Famous and iconic brands have become known for their minimalist aesthetic, with their designs often featuring simple yet powerful silhouettes.

By allowing the silhouette to take centre stage, minimalism in luxury fashion not only showcases the quality and craftsmanship of the garment but also allows for more versatility, allowing the designs to be created using a number of materials and colours and being dressed for a variety of occasions. With each and every stitch, a luxury garment’s quality can be truly seen in the way it sits and flows across the body.

Craftsmanship At The Core Of Every Design 

With each and every garment, at the heart of luxury fashion is craftsmanship. And when silhouettes are concerned, designers pay close attention to the flow and movement of the body before piecing together fabrics and materials that will allow the silhouette to shine through. With a meticulous and thorough design process, the craftsmanship is capable of bringing pieces to life that embody quality, elegance, and sophistication. 

As luxury fashion continues to evolve and adapt, it is clear that the importance of silhouettes will remain a constant. With their ability to elevate even the simplest designs into works of art, silhouettes will continue to be at the core of every luxury fashion design. 




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