Feminism, Blogging and Jacquard Prints

Feminism, Blogging and Jacquard Print how to wear it, difference between jacquard and brocade Venice

As feminist as it may sound, I want to see more women wearing dresses and skirts. I admire elegance, good taste and always associate those values with confident bodies. Many times, women choose to hide their beautiful curves under jeans, oversized trousers and blouses 3 times bigger than their usual size. Should we blame it on comfort or current trends? Or is it more the society that dictates only certain sizes/body shapes are perfect?

Oricât de feminist ar suna, îmi doresc să văd cât mai multe femei purtând rochii și fuste. Ador eleganța, rafinamentul și mereu le asociez cu siluetele încrezătoare.  De multe ori, femeile aleg să își ascundă formele frumoase sub blugi, pantaloni largi și bluze cu 3 numere mai mari. Să fie comoditatea, trendurile? Sau societatea care dictează că doar anumite înfățișări sunt perfecte ? 

Feminism, Blogging and Jacquard Print how to wear it, difference between jacquard and brocade Venice

[EN]Dresses have a secret life, full of stories.

With some imagination, we can go back in the year 1860 to discover big, heavy dresses in light colours. You can notice the corseted waist, bell-shaped skirts, whalebones crinolines and gigot sleeves. In those dresses, women could barely fit through doorways. A few decades later, dresses became more colourful, lighter and inspired by Greek models. 

[RO]Rochiile au o viață secretă, plină povești.

Cu puțină imaginație, ne întoarcem în 1860 la rochiile voluminoase în culori deschise. Corsetul nu lipsește, fusta este una cloș, de tip clopot cu crinolină (din oase de balenă chiar) și mâneci bufante. Vorbesc despre acele rochiile cu care domnițele abia intrau pe ușă. Câteva decenii mai târziu, rochiile devin mai colorate, ceva mai ușoare și inspirate după modelele grecești.

[EN]In 1926 Chanel introduces the world one of her best creations: the Little Black Dress. The LBD is a real success and even compared it with the Ford car, model T. Until that time, the colour black was a servant`s colour and often associated with mourning. But Gabrielle Chanel manages to change this and give a chance to elegance to all the women regardless their social class. One of my favourite black dress that I cherish so so much belonged to my mum. I’m talking about a midi black velvet dress with long sleeves and pearls at the base of the collar. A lovely delight!

[RO]Înaintăm spre anul 1926, când Little Black Dress își face debutul. Comparată cu mașina vremii, Ford, modelul T, LBD se bucură de un adevărat succes. Până la acea vreme culoarea neagră era asociată cu doliul sau era recunoscută ca și culoarea servitorilor. Prin Little Black Dress, Gabrielle Chanel reusește însă să ofere  o șansă la eleganță tutueor  femeilor  indiferent de clasa socială. Una din rochiile negre pe care o prețuiesc nespus a fost a mamei. Vorbesc de  o rochie de lungime medie din catifea neagră, cu mâneci lungi și perluțe la baza gulerului. Un deliciu. 

Feminism, Blogging and Jacquard Print how to wear it, difference between jacquard and brocade Venice Feminism, Blogging and Jacquard Print how to wear it, difference between jacquard and brocade Venice

[EN]Venice, Brocade fabrics, 18th century.

Now, this how the creative process for this post began. To me, Venice is brocade fabrics, baroque prints, leafs or floral motifs. Can you see the noble families wearing brocades and walking around the Castello region? As a result of planning our trip to Venice, I wanted some pictures on my blog. Finally, I could wear my burgundy dress with jacquard print. I do not have any brocade pieces but usually,  the jacquard print is almost confused with the brocade.

The biggest challenge I find in the fashion blogosphere is to stay away from the posts This is what I wore today. Every new article I am writing allows me to discover more about fashion. What is Jacquard? When was it invented? Is damask, brocade similar to Jacquard? Can you use brocade in other industries?

[RO]Veneția, țesături din brocart, secolul XVIII. 

Așa a început pentru mine  procesul creativ corelat acestei postări. Veneția mă duce cu gândul la teșăturile din brocart cu imprimeu baroque, frunze sau motive florale. Parcă îi și văd pe nobili plimbându-se prin zona Castello. Știam că voi vizita Veneția  și mi-am propus să am și câteva poze pentru blog. În sfârșit puteam purta rochia burgundie cu imprimeu de jacquard. Nu am piese vestimentare din brocart, dar  de obicei jacquardul este des confundat cu brocartul. 

Cea mai mare provocare pe care o găsesc în blogosfera feșănistică este să stau departe de postările  gen Așa m-am îmbrăcat eu astăzi. Fiecare articol nou pe care îl scriu mă determină să mă informez în domeniul modei. Ce este țesătura jacquard? Când a apărut? Cum se diferențiază de damask sau brocart? Brocartul se folosește doar pentru haine și accesorii ?

Feminism, Blogging and Jacquard Print how to wear it, difference between jacquard and brocade Venice Feminism, Blogging and Jacquard Print how to wear it, difference between jacquard and brocade Venice

[EN] About Jacquard

First of all, Jacquard is described as being “very similar to Damask”.  Furthermore, what is Damask? Damask resembles brocade but it is reversible. The name brocade comes from the Italian word Brocatto meaning an embossed fabric. Brocade describes the aesthetics of the material. If you are too confused, chill, Joseph Marie Jacquard saves the day. In 1804, seems like he invented the loom that later takes his name. All the fabrics that had a complicated print (such as brocade) could now be made easier with this machine. Today, the jacquard designates all the fabrics created with the loom.

Therefore when did you last time wear a dress or skirt?

[RO] Despre Jacquard

Pe scurt, Jacquardul este descris ca fiind “foarte similar cu damaskul”. Și ce este damaskul? Damaskul seamănă cu brocartul doar că este reversibil. Numele de brocart provine din cuvântul italian brocatto – țesătură în relief. Brocartul descrie mai exact estetica materialului. Dacă și voi sunteți super confuzi, fiți pe pace, Joseph Marie Jacquard salvează ziua. În 1804, el inventează  războiul de țesut care îi va purta mai apoi numele. Toate țesăturile care avea un print mai complicat (gen brocart) se puteau realiza acum mai ușor cu acest război. Astăzi, jacquardul desemnează toate țesăturile  create cu această mașină. 

Așada voi când ați purtat ultima dată o rochie sau o fustă?
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12 Comments

  1. December 27, 2017 / 5:14 AM

    All your pictures are breathtaking.I loved your dress and the way you said dresses have stories Its true for me as well.You have styled it nicely as well.

  2. December 27, 2017 / 4:03 AM

    I really feel beautiful when I’m confident with my clothes. I always choose the right dress for my work and style to wear, sometimes it can be jeans or skirts. I like your way of combining and you are very beautiful.

  3. December 27, 2017 / 3:20 AM

    You look so pretty and amazing with that dress! The dress really fits on you. It looks simple but elegant too. I really love it.

  4. December 26, 2017 / 1:58 AM

    I love your dress and you look absolutely gorgeous! I believe that everyone should embrace their body and wear clothes that boost their confidence!

  5. December 25, 2017 / 10:59 PM

    I don’t necessarily think wearing jeans or trousers is unfeminine – remember, feminists fought for the rights for us to wear them in the first place! I think it’s about wearing what you feel comfortable in, whether that’s a dress, a mini skirt, a maxi skirt or a pair of jeans, a pair of trousers or a pit of leggings. As long as you’re comfortable, that’s all that matters 🙂 x

  6. Dogvills
    December 25, 2017 / 4:23 PM

    I wish I had the confidence to wear dresses more often. I would love to, but I am more comfortable in jeans. I do wear dresses, but only for formal occasions. I guess a new dress or two will motivate me to wear it more often.

  7. December 25, 2017 / 11:18 AM

    You are so right about the elegance and beauty of dresses and even myself i would like to wear more and more of them. I do it everyday in summer but in winter time it’s so hard to me because I tend to feel cold 🙁 and because… I have to be true, I give up elegance on comfort. But you opened my mind and I must try to wear more one of these dresses I love also in winter time

  8. December 24, 2017 / 5:28 PM

    I’m a huge fan of dresses, they are so easy and fun to wear. It’s so important for a woman to feel comfortable in what shes wearing no matter what it is.

  9. December 24, 2017 / 2:16 PM

    So true that what you are comfortably wearing can give you a major confidence boost. I wouldn’t call it feminism but people should be able to wear whatever they want.

  10. December 23, 2017 / 10:30 PM

    First of all, you look stunning in that dress and secondly, I have always been a lover of skirts and gowns, it’s always more fitting and convenient for me.

  11. December 22, 2017 / 11:03 PM

    For me I think that anything you wear could be considered feminist if you ‘wear it for yourself’ and not others, whether that be dresses or trousers. But I agree with you that there is definitely something very empowering about wearing a dress and while sometimes I get inappropriate comments when I wear them I just shrug them off. We should be allowed to wear whatever we like!

  12. December 22, 2017 / 10:12 PM

    love this post! This really gives a confidence boost, and I truly believe that it is important woman can wear whatever they feel comfortable in. A dress indeed boosts ones feminism. Thank you for sharing!

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