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White blouses and skirts with red embroidery comprise a woman’s traditional wedding costume in Romania. The colour red symbolizes life and fertility. In Romanian folk songs, women sing about blooming red flowers embroidered on their wedding costumes expressing their hopes for a long and happy marriage.


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Why do you think embroidered eastern European blouses were so popular in North America during the 1960s and ’70s?

responded: Jan 29, 2012

Posted by Megan H

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A “free spirit”, “earth loving” attitude, defined the 1960’s and 1970’s. While not everyone dressed in this way, there was a huge movement towards what we would now call “hippie” or “bohemian” styles. Embroidered peasant blouses were very popular at this time. These loose fitting tops represented the free spirit of the time period. This free spirited time not only inspired clothing and fashion. People started caring more and more about issues in the world, leading to many protests and social movements, which was also a movement from decades past, as were the fashion trends of the era. During this time, people also liked handmade and “crafty” clothing. Tie-dye was all the rage, so it is easy to see why the embroidered tops became very popular. Fashion in general during this time was full of bright colours and patterns, and the embroidered shirts that were so popular often had brightly coloured embroidery. Even today, these styles are still popping up on the runways and in store. For example, Emilio Pucci Spring/Summer 2011 featured an embroidered blouse, and the Etoile by Isabel Marant collection features many embroidered pieces. Other retailers have also produced similar shirts, or variations of the style. The fashion of the 1960’s and 1970’s have also influenced and inspired fashion editors to create editorials based on these time periods. For example, in the April 2009 issue of Glamour, they include a “women of Woodstock” inspired photo. As well, in the July 2009 issue of American Vogue, one of the editorials features a John Galliano embroidered blouse that is quite similar, but a more updated version of the embroidered blouses of the 1960’s and 1970’s. The styles and trends of this period (including embroidered blouses) were obviously influential, if we are still seeing them on runways, in stores, and in fashion magazines today.

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