Nowadays, fruit print clothing are a Do. On average, every men and women has at least one item in their closet with this pattern. Read about the history when this delicious food conquered the fabrics.
- Printing with Fruits and Vegetables
- 18th to 20th Century
- People Actually Wearing Actual Fruits
- Fruit Print Time Line of the 21st Century
- My Fruity Summer Clothes
- How Fashion Bloggers Style the Fruity Summer Print
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Printing with Fruits and Vegetables
Embellishing clothes goes back to ancient times. An easy way to save expensive dye was to print on the fabrics. The famous paisely print has its orgin from printing with a cut fruit. This pattern is often referred to as Persian Pickles. You may remember printing with potatoes in elementary school.
On kimonos with landscapes or other motifs occassionaly, fruits and vegetable were within the picture. More on the history of kimonos.
18th to 20th Century
In the 18th Century, waistcoats were embriodered with berries. In the 19th Century, the paisley print came via Great Britain from India to the Old World and was a favorite among the Rich and Aristocrates. In the 1920s, abstract prints became fashionable which could be interpreted as cherries or berries.
Obviously, the food inspired motif was in fashion for girls in the in the late 19th century. Textiles and etiquette asked for garments decoratiions for the wealthy classes, eventhough they were not so ornamental like those worn by entertaining circles, elitist or Aristocrats. A decorative afternoon reception dress like the one below was a Must-have.
After the Great War, art turned to a more abstract style and fashion followed along.
In 1953, Christian Dior designed attire with berries, blueberries and strawberries. Still today many retro 1950s dresses don cherries and strawberry prints.
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People Actually Wearing Actual Fruits
Obviously, in ancient times fruits were used to create head decoration as the below photo of a man stature suggests.
Josephine Baker wore her banana skirt in her daily revues in Paris in the early 20th centrury. More on her life in this post on Afro-American Women History.
Fruit Print Time Line of the 21st Century
The following (incompletely) lists when which designer featured which fruits in their collection.
2003: Junya Wanabe – strawberries, grapes, apples, pears
2004: Phoebe Philo – graphic bananas
2010: Stefano Pilati – strawberries
2011: Stella McCarthney – citrus
2011: Miuccia Prada – bananas
2012: Dolce & Gabbana – tomatoes
2012: Rossella Jardini – apple, grape, pepper, watermelon (also other food like carrots, onions)
2014: Stella Jean – Tropical fruits
2016: Bertrand Guyon – cherries and strawberries
2017: David Lynch – cherries and lemons
2017: Alessandro Michele – pineapples
2019: Thom Browne – cherry and pineapple appliques
2020: Daniel Lee – pineapple
My Fruity Summer Clothes
When I was in high school, we sewed a nightgown in our sewing class. I had picked a flanel fabric in printed in print with strawberries being left out in white. Later, in my 20s, I owned a PJ in navy and white featuring rows of blue cherries on the top, while the bottom were navy shorts. Otherwise, all my fruit-related prints have been paisley.
How Fashion Bloggers Style the Fruity Summer Print
See this video to see what fashion bloggers wear with their fruit print garments.
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