Nothing says ladylike glam quite like a pleat and here at Chasing Unicorns, we are all for a moment of ladylike magic. The history of the pleat is majestic, rich and steeped in all the nostalgia that we love oh-so-much. It is a technique that has literally been used in fashion since the beginning of time and one that is still as relevant today as it ever has been.
Box, accordion, inverted, honeycomb and knife- there are as many types of pleats as there are stories of its reinvention throughout the decades. The pleat or plisse as it is technically known can trace its origins as far back as the first Egyptians and the founding Vikings of Birka offering an astounding date from the discovered evidence that the pleating technique originated around the year 10BC, that is some serious fashion history!
The pleat has remained a stalwart technique in the fashion world, one that enjoys a loving tradition of inspiring ethereally classic style and ladylike glamour. The pleat was catapulted into the high fashion spotlight by Mariano Fortuny who created the most spectacular “DELPHOS” dress in the 1920s as an ode to the art deco movement of the time. The 50’s, 60’s and 70’s all saw much experimentation with pleating from swing dresses to intricately pleated skirts by the likes of Courreges, Yves St Laurent and Dior. In the current era, Issey Miyake's radicalised pleats by oversizing them in the 90’s where they dominated his catwalk in the form of voluminous skirts, dresses, gowns and pants. The pleat was back and it seems that both designers and women alike have not been able to get enough of the pleat ever since and as a result, this most outrageously beautiful fabric sculpting technique has remained firmly entrenched as a trend and style that truly transcends the decades.
In today's modern world the pleat offers its wearer not only a glimmer of ladylike sentiment but much vintage inspired versatility and beauty. Pleats in this day and age can pair just as easily with well-loved converse and worn band tees as they do with sky-high heels and gems. At Chasing Unicorns we remain forever inspired by the techniques of the past and we couldn’t resist the intoxicating allure of pleating. Our Gold Fever Skirt is a Chasing Unicorns favourite that offers high voltage lurex glam paired oh so chicly with elegant pleats to create a design that is as much a statement piece as it is a timeless forever keepsake. Whether you rock your Gold Fever Skirt with a silky cami or a vintage tee, know that you are wearing a style that is woven richly with the fibres of fashion history itself and like the women before you who donned pleats we hope they make you walk a little taller, smile freely and live in your moment of pleated magic.
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