Floral Maxi: Through the Years
It would seem that the floral maxi dress would come and go like the ebb and flow of fickle fashion forecasts. But as it turns out, this garment is more of a staple than most would realize. Each recent generation has its own incarnation of this long blossomy frock of feminity:
It’s the late 60’s. It is a time of psychedelics. War rages in Vietnam and the Flower Power movement opposes it. Maxi dresses show on the runways and are a stark contrast to the mini dresses that dominated the earlier part of this swinging decade. These influences are directly reflected in the textile of the time. They are bold, they are psychedelic and, as would be expected, many are floral.
It is the height of Hippies and peace protests, and it is this climate that gives birth to Gunne Sax, a Jessica McClintock owned label. Gunne Sax uses Edwardian, Victorian and Prarie references to define floral feminity. Think Flower Child. You will have no doubt, conjured up at least one image of a Gunne Sax free-flowing lace trimmed romantic dress. With the mid-70s comes the end of the Vietnam war. The Flower Child abruptly comes to an end as well. What begins now is a new shift in focus.
Enter: Ethnicity and the Boheme:
Gypsies, Turbans, Native Americans and exotic ethnicity influence the runways from the mid part of the 70s. These styles naturally lend themselves to the Maxi.
80s Shoulder Pads Shaped the Decade.
Fast forward to the 80’s. The free spirit had become more structured. Still, floral feminity found its place in this broad-shouldered era as well. McClintock and Laura Ashley dominated the decade with botanicals and romanticism.
The 90s Floral Maxi Dress
>The 90’s are escorted in by Sub Pop and Grunge. Nirvana plays on the radio and Kate Moss personifies the face and feel of this era, with her waifish looks and style. Plaid and oversized clothing define the silhouette. And in keeping with this, the new floral maxi has a loose fit. It can be found paired with a defiant ankle boot.
2000s All About the Middle
The 90’s are escorted in by Sub Pop and Grunge. Nirvana plays on the radio and Kate Moss personifies the face and feel of this era, with her waifish looks and style. Plaid and oversized clothing define the silhouette. And in keeping with this, the new floral maxi has a loose fit. It might be found paired with a defiant ankle boot.
2010s The Problem Maxi
Much maligned is the Maxi of this decade. Because of the casual cut, it became the throw-on dress, and it was literally thrown on every body type imaginable. In earnest, the long loose fit might not flatter everyone. When worn properly, i is a staple wardrobe piece.
Floral Maxis Today (2018)
It’s Fashion Week: Spring Summer 2018. The Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini collection walks the runway. Easy to spot are references to the soft romanticism of the 70s. Once again the Runway proves that the long dress with flowers is not just here to stay but is a must-have staple for every fashionable closet. Still to Come: