Object of Day

Two-Piece Burgundy Wool Suit, 1908

The military style, as a fashion trend, is a recycled themed which has inspired numerous fashion designers throughout the ages. It is a style that resurfaces one minute only to be pushed back down the next. Today’s military fashion trends are not inspired by the Georgian and Victorian era, such as the one shown here with its ornamental decoration, but with functionality and utility in mind.

During the Victorian and Georgian periods, certain elements seen on military uniforms were reworked into women’s fashion, especially on women’s riding habits and coats. Occasionally, woman’s fashionable garments, such as this two-piece burgundy wool suit, adopted a few military elements like a frog closers, chevrons on the sleeves and a particular style of jacket.

Like the notorious Heidi Klum’s saying on Project Runway “One day you’re in. The next day you’re out”, the same can be said about the military style.


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