Zero Sartorial

Small questions in clothing

Tag: history

Laver’s Law

An unlikely source (he probably doesn’t want to be named here) pointed me at Laver’s Law. It’s a table that summarises the view of fashion over time, and was coined in 1937 by a chap called James Laver, a fashion historian. It goes like this: 10 years before its time is: Indecent 5 years before […]

Reading Garment History

It probably seems like a strange thing to do, going delving into the history and particular distinctions of, say, jackets, just so that I can make a stab at why a particular ensemble of clothes looks good. The reason for this is that people read clothes. It’s cultural, it’s not completely conscious, and it’s definitely […]