Everybody knows nowadays that striped clothing, especially the navy (or black) and white ones entered the fashion scene in the early 20th century having as a “muse” sailors’ clothing. The Breton stripe was what Mademoiselle Coco got inspired by and decided she would take it to a “haut couture” level.

The stripes were initially used as a mean of safety for the sailors so that they could be easily identified in the water, in case they were to go overboard. It is less known that initially there were no striped uniforms but the captains issued an amount of striped fabric to their crew so they could have their clothes done by themselves. This is the reason that in some old paintings the stripes appear both horizontally and vertically and in both shirts and pants.

As probably so many of you, I always admired the genius of Coco Chanel into adapting men’s clothing to women and making that in a way that changed the fashion paradigm forever.

Starting with the striped pattern I created what I want to be a marine female tuxedo, with a neorealist twist.

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Photo: BiLoo

Make-up and Model: Kiaari Design & Makeup

Hair-style: Antonela Cocean – Hairstylist

Clothes and Styling: Black Diamonds Design