|30th August 2007||#1|
Join Date: July 2005
Timeless trend: Dirndl & Tracht
Here is an encouraging example of how the "New Femininity" is bringing back a timeless style of feminine dress: the Dirndl, which is the traditional rustic ensemble worn by women in central Europe. (The word Tracht refers to folk attire in general, while Dirndl is a specific example.)
The following article discusses the trend:
And here are some excerpts. Note how the article emphasizes than this is a curve-friendly design:
As expected, it's difficult bordering on impossible to find images of plus-size models exhibiting these styles -- which is insane, since they are tailor-made for the well-fed figure of Germanic women.
I found a few images which at least give some idea of how pretty the Dirndl can be (in appropriately gorgeous landscapes, too):
In every case, the garments would look infinitely better on plus-size models.
Here's a summer style:
And a winter design:
The detailed embroidery on the sleeves of the peasant blouses particularly enhances the beauty of the outfits:
And although the article is very strict about the traditional composition of the ensemble, I think some of the more contemporary variations are intriguing -- as long as they remain feminine, and retain their Old World look:
But coming back to the article's point about the emerging haute-fashion popularity of Tracht, no less a celebrity than Paris Hilton was seen in a Dirndl at last year's Oktoberfest in Munich. I thought her golden dress was exquisite, richly detailed and very feminine:
And kudos to Paris for adopting a braided hairstyle to go with the outfit. The more traditional Dirndl worn by her friend, on the right, was also lovely.
But again, there's no way around it -- these dresses simply look out of place on any women who lack the opulent, full, womanly curves for which they were made, over the centuries.
It would be a delight to see some of the favourite plus-size models showing off these feminine styles.
|31st August 2007||#2|
Join Date: January 2006
Re: Timeless trend: Dirndl & Tracht
I absolutely adore that kind of fashion! I have for years. And I have always thought they really fit plus-size girls. My favorite garment on full-figured girls are dirndl and long prom dresses. I hope Torrid will take up on this trend so I can order from them.
I especially like the green dirndl with the pink flowers. And I hope I will soon go to Vienna because then I will certainly check up on dirndls.
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