A mix of historical references is reinvented in a colorful pop-teen style, by a generation that wants to subvert aristocratic codes.
Gen Z is reinventing aristocratic codes, with black, queer, and young designers leading the movement. It is also driven by pop culture phenomena. A blend of European historical eras ranging from the Renaissance to the belle époque is reinvented via pop lenses for prom season, with a colorful palette and hi-lo styling that allows for fun and easy-to-wear looks.
Rococo meets 80s excess, with over-the-top design details coming to the fore, including StatementBows and flower appliqués, cut in sheen fabrics such as satin and taffeta. While exaggeration is key, with oversized proportions and multiple motifs in one piece, invest in removable components so the dress becomes adaptable to different occasions.
Pleats please ISSEY MIYAKE, giving a contemporary twist through on-season colors and streamlined silhouettes that balance out the volume. Explore the possibility of playing with proportions and lengths by adding elastic bands or straps that can be adjusted.
The ultimate historic piece, the corset continues to be coveted for the season as an increasingly versatile piece, being styled up or down to fit prom celebrations and more casual outings, tapping into the everyday decadence story. Incorporate removable straps, and favor styles without structured boning to ensure comfort.