Posted on February 25 2016
Stripes are the yellow lines of a pedestrian crossing, the red marking of a hazardous area, the garb of a prisoner in medieval times, the fashion of a clown. They are the bar codes of our digital lives while the visual glory of flowers planted in lines.
Stripes in Fashion and HomeIt was the iconic fashion designer Coco Chanel first who took inspiration from the Breton Stripes of a sailor’s uniform. Missoni, the legendary Italian knitwear company, took the iconic chevron stripe and knit it into a fashion empire. Stripes are upholstery, wallpaper, architectural ornamentation, the pattern on ceramics and texture of stonework. A masterpiece of stripes is the architecture of the Church of San Giovanni by Swiss architect Mario Botta. What’s in a name? Some have specific reference to their origins. For example, the Flag!
- Rugby Stripe - depicting team colors.
- The Breton Stripe - of sailor’s uniforms.
- Awning Stripes – originating from awning cloth, the canvas weight cotton.
- Pin - very thin, similar to a Chalk stripe, ubiquitous in menswear.
- Ticking Stripes - the original stripe of a mattress cover.
- Admiral Stripes - along with stars - marking rank.
- Regimental - origins in neckwear worn by soldiers in their regimental colors.
- Serpentine - the wavy stripe.
- Regency - originating in India, popular during the Regency Era of the United Kingdom. (Also called a Bengal, or Tiger Stripe)
- Seersucker - a textured stripe created using a weaving effect - seen in summer suits.
- Nautical - the definitive stripe of the bathing suit and sea, and the name of Coco Chanel’s first collection.