Stripes in fashion: the origin

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In the story, stripes have taken on different meanings, and with them, the people who wore them.

They have been marked by prejudices since the Middle Ages, associating them with evil, the devil.
When quoting the book as "the devil's fabric" as a source, it tells very well how beliefs associated with a striped surface, such as animal mantle or clothing, give a negative perception not only to the eye but also to thought human.
Trying to identify the meaning at that time, we pay attention to the question: who was wearing striped clothes? They were court clowns, crazy people, and those who were not in normality or considered a scrap and so marginalized by the so-called "normal" population.
It was regarded as a form of transgression, a malignant diversity that negatively affected people's judgments, and that is why prisoners always come up with a striped uniform.

As for animals, the zebra was considered a "wild ass", a dangerous and imperfect creature, even impure because of its mantle.

The striped fabrics are also recalled in the French revolutionary motions, in which the lines are widely used, to such an extent that they have become part of the emblematic revolutionary repertoire, so that it has come to demand rows in every place inspired by it : No lines, no revolutionary atmosphere. They even thought of designing a uniform for all the riot supporters who were in stripes and colors of the French flag, also in white, blue and red stripes, colors resumed by the clothes of the peasants and the washers of that time (late 1700).

The American Revolution and the flag with the thirteen red and white rows, of the thirteen colonies of America, appear to be the image of Freedom and the symbol of new ideas.

Stripes  rapidly acquires an ideological and political status: adorning it and exposing it can be a means of proclaiming its Anglophobia and its adherence to liberal movements.

It is reported that the striped vest, as a sailor's icon, officially became an integral part of the naval uniform after the great prince and admiral of the Navy Kostantin Nikolaevich Romanov received in 1868 the General Admiral frigate crew and all The sailors praised the functionality and comfort of the boss.

Who, if not Coco Chanel, could unlock that knit in the fashion world? From a typically male uniform, in the 1920s, he re-adapted it as a female cap with pearls and lipstick. Afterwards, other designers followed the footsteps, carrying on the footsteps of the reminiscences of an ever-changing must. 
To name a few: Tommy Hildfiger, Dolce & Gabbana and Jean Paul Gaultier. 
Ferragamo also made his way by introducing multicolored striped shoes in relief, and the old prejudices were definitively lost. There is no more fear in showing up with striped garments, indeed, at this time they "make fashion". Like him, others showed up the rows, with navy uniforms, pajamas with a reprimanded jacket, or a simple panties in the jackets.

Many properties that the stripes possesses are recognized: it expands spaces, enhances the atmosphere, and illuminates the surfaces on which it is placed.

Nowadays this is the meaning that is attributed to the lines, not only does it show and at the same time hides, but it is also the figure and the background together.

Over time, many celebrities dressed in stripes.

COCO CHANEL BRETON
Coco Chanel
BIBA STRIPES
Biba
EDIE SEDGWICK STRIPES
Edie Sedgwick 
AUDRY HEPBURN
Audry Hepburn
WARHOL STRIPES
Andy Warhol
MICK JAGGER STRIPES
Mick Jagger
JAMES DEAN wearing STRIPES
James Dean
KURT CUBAIN wearing STRIPES
Kurt Kobain
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