Blazers - what we often link to corporate wear used to be a sign of rebellion in the 1920’s when women started wearing men’s clothes to be seen as professionals in a male-dominated working world. Today, the newest trends are to pair blazers with sarees or wear it with jeans or skirts for the semi-formal or casual style.
Back in the early 20th century, there was a drastic change in women’s clothing. During World War I, women started working outside the house as men fought in the war. They started working in factories and did other physical work which earlier was perceived as “men’s work”. This kind of work was not doable in long gowns and frocks. Therefore, women altered their husbands’ clothes and went to work wearing suits.
In the early 1930’s popular actresses such as Marlene Dietrich, Audrey Hepburn and Katharine Hepburn started wearing bow ties and suits i.e men-inspired fashion.
Second-wave feminism in the United States began in the early 1960s. Betty Friedan wrote the bestselling book "The Feminine Mystique" in which she explicitly objected to the mainstream media image of women, stating that placing women at home limited their possibilities, and wasted talent and potential. To support this movement, women put forth their opinions through fashion by wearing men-inspired clothes. During this period, a very influential fashion designer that backed this up was CoCo Chanel.
In terms of designing our blazers, we take a lot of inspirations from CoCo Chanel. CoCo Chanel took her inspiration from masculine attire, military style jackets and added her iconic feminine shape to create the classic Chanel blazer. Her designs liberated women from once upon the bonded corset and the full skirts on women’s body. She had brought a revolution more than a style in the 1960s fashion world.
Inheriting the timeless classics of the historic blazers and CoCo Chanel’s concept, we blend the design of SKYLENCE blazers with Chinese cultural attributes. Embroideries, hand-made Chinese button knots, mandarin collars, and Chinese woven silk are largely used in our designing and garment-making process. We tend to combine them with tweed fabric in a modern feminine silhouette. Some of our blazers are inspired by aristocratic menswear in Qing Dynasty (Circa 1800s).
Here are some of our favourite selections from our blazers inspired by history. Hope they can ‘Blaze The Way’ you like?