Thursday, September 20, 2012

The History of Houndstooth

Hi all!

Houndstooth: my favorite pattern in the whole wide world. But more interestingly, with a huge history and story behind it. I will tell you all about it in this post!

Alexander McQueen 2009

1800s Scotland

Houndstooth originates from the 1800s in Scotland. In that time Scottish shepherds would wear it as an outer garment made of woven wool and it was called Shepherds Check or Dogstooth. The smaller version of it is sometimes referred to as puppytooth. Houndstooth patterns were mostly made using four black and four white threads, but other combinations of a dark and a light colour were done as well. The total of 8 threads were woven following the pattern shown in the detailed picture on the right.

1930s Upper Class

In the 1930s the houndstooth pattern became a symbol of wealth for people in the upper class. This was also one of the peak periods of houndstooth's popularity. Since then houndstooth has been in and out of fashion. In my opinion houndstooth is always good to wear, but I have to admit it's not always in fashion as much as it deserves to be.

Dior 1959

In 1959 Dior addopted houndstooth and it became one of the most favorite patterns of the brand. The brand first created a low heeled pointy pump using the houndstooth pattern and later on used it in many more of it's creations.

Houndstooth nowadays

Nowadays houndstooth is used for every single object you can think of. Even furniture and plates exist with houndstooth pattern. Alexander McQueen chose houndstooth as a huge part of his collection in 2009 (see the first picture). And to conclude this post two photos of Lady Gaga, who also seems to be a huge fan of houndstooth.

Please let me know what you think about this post, since it's a lot different than what I usually do!



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  1. Leuk en heel toevallig, want ik heb laatst een houndstooth nail art gemaakt! Als je even wilt kijken, het staat op mijn blog.

  2. haha, wat een leuke outfit van Lady Gaga. Staat haar zeker goed;)
    je hebt er weer een nieuwe follower bij:)
    zou je ook een kijkje willen nemen op mijn blog:



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