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Hello!

I would really love to change things up today for a change and take a step away from discussing designers to bring you today’s fashion fix. It is trend that has been around longer than any of us probably realise and while it may not be everyone’s taste, it certainly mine. Your skirts, shirts, shoes, jackets and bags all look so much cooler when they feature this one unique aspect…

Today take a quick look at the fashionable trim called…


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Fringe


The technique of adding fringing to garments originated as a way of preventing a cut piece of fabric from unravelling, primarily in instances when a hemming was not used.

While there is no particular birthplace for the trend, in Mesopotamia (the region centered in present-day Iraq) from 3000 to 300 B.C.E. , the adornment of fringe was a popular and an important decorative aspect for the clothing of both men and women.

In European history during the Renaissance, fringing was defined under three categories: Bullion fringe, Campaign fringe and Thread fringe. These styles were thus carried through all across Europe and in some instances can still be seen today. Not all of these styles, however, are relevant in clothing. It was adapted in the 1920’s with iconic Flapper dress, where the fringe was seen as it had been done in Europe years before but rather than on a large, luxurious gown it was now seen on a boyish straight cut knee-length dress.

Bullion Fringe seen on an Imperial Russian Horse Guard Regiment officer's tunic or 'Koller', circa 1900.
Bullion Fringe seen on an Imperial Russian Horse Guard Regiment officer’s tunic or ‘Koller’, circa 1900.
Campaign Fringe on a gown from the Renaissance era
Campaign Fringe on a gown from the Renaissance era
A 1920's Flapper Dress with Thread Fringe
A 1920’s Flapper Dress with Thread Fringe

It was seen in Native American Culture, they used leather fringe for several reasons – from the sacred to the practical, like repelling water. Fringe carried diverse symbolic significance for numbers of tribes at different times in history. From this derived the development of Buckskin in the Western world, where fringe was often used to trim deerskin jackets and pants. This is a style that is quite popular these days too, it has been a style that has seen its way through the 70’s and still holds reign today.

 A Cheyenne woman wearing a ceremonial costume. The fringe was often embellished with shells and beads.
A Cheyenne woman wearing a ceremonial costume. The fringe was often embellished with shells and beads.
Buffalo Bill wearing Buckskin with fringe
Buffalo Bill wearing Buckskin with fringe
Music Legend Jimi Hendrix wearing a Buckskin jacket while performing in 1970
Music Legend Jimi Hendrix wearing a Buckskin jacket while performing in 1970

This style has evolved through the ages and has not aged in the slightest. It can be seen on the runways in high fashion and even in ready-to-wear pieces. The images seen below are not listed by designer, but simply to showcase that the trend is still big in fashion today.

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I would definitely wear it, would you?

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Thanks VB xx

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