25 Feb A Sign of Spring :: Timeless Polkadots
Another of fashion’s signs of spring is the annual emergence of the polka dot. Loved by many, polka dots have (dare we say it?) a spotted history far less linear than the Breton stripe. Before they were a fashion staple, dots were early symbols of Illness (think measles and the plague) as well as supernatural ability.
Polka dots first reached mainstream western fashion as early as the 1800’s during the polka dance craze. In 1928 Minnie Mouse appeared in Steamboat Willie wearing a polka dot bow and matching skirt; and they were a key element of pattern in Dior’s post-war New Look of the 1950’s. Marilyn Monroe famously posed in a polka-dot bikini. And who can forget Julia Robert’s classy polka dot ensemble in Pretty Woman?
According to Jude Stewart, author or Patternalia, “Polka dots hearken to the 1950s, summing up the best of Mad Men-era America: optimistic, prosperous, ostensibly prim, but also dizzyingly energetic, the atomic age dissolving into particles before our eyes. Most superficially, polka dots suggest simplicity, fun, childhood (with a bent towards girlishness)—what could be a less complicated, less loaded pattern?”
The polka dot is still fresh today, At once being cool and classic, playful yet demure. The dizzying pattern also creates an optical illusion, hiding any number of figure imperfections. Designers embracing the polka dot for Spring 2016 include Marc Jacobs (including the fragrance “Dot”), Topshop, Theory, and Michael Kors.
Learn more about the history of the polka dot, read Jude Stewart’s excellent article in Slate, then check out the polka dots now in-store at Haute Again.
Here are some of Haute Again’s current Polkadot items now available in the shop and online.