Sculptural “Ruffles”: Fashion’s Layered Appeal Of Feminine Flourish

Feminine Flourishes:  The Glory of Ruffles
Feminine Flourishes: The Glory of Ruffles

The glorious “Ruffle”. A flounce of style that adorns the woman with elegance, ruffles are worthy of our appreciation…

A “Ruffle” in sewing and dressmaking is referred to as a “Strip of fabric, lace or ribbon tightly gathered or pleated on one edge and applied to a garment, bedding or other textile as a form of trimming”. A trim of flowing delight, indeed. The term “Flounce” is “a particular type of fabric manipulation that creates a similar look but with less bulk”. Defined as a wavy effect without gathers or pleats, ruffles are created by “cutting a curved strip of fabric and applying the inner or shorter edge to the garment with extra material used to create volume and structure to a dress”. Of note, the depth of the curve as well as the width of the fabric is said to determine the “Flounce”. A floating wave of outer style and distinction!

Queen Elizabeth I Adorned In A "Ruff"
Queen Elizabeth I Adorned In A “Ruff”

In the history of fashion, “Ruffles” have been documented since the 14th century. Queen Elizabeth and those in the Elizabethan Age adorned themselves with exaggerated ruffles, enhancing their femininity and visually stating their privileged status. The “Ruff” was an accentuated tier of ruffles that was an extension of a simple collar or drawstring necklines of the 15th century. Initially intended to protect outer garments from excessive wear and washing (who knew?) ruffles became a stylistic fashionable addition. For certain, the “Ruff” would evolve in fashionable layers of fashionable style in centuries to come. Of course, considering form and function, the layer of ruffles would take on symbolic and aesthetic meanings of style. For certain, ruffles have remained a fashionable form of trim that has endured throughout the history of fashion. There are those that reference modern “Ruffles” as a “trend”. A “trend” of season’s past? I disagree. “Ruffles” will endure to delight. Fashion’s history of ruffled fashion certainly proves it is not a fleeting, rustling layer of frills. Rather, ruffles on the woman will endure to appeal. Trends, aside. The fancy frills of ruffles have successfully layered the woman as a delicate statement or with modern elegance. A visual appreciation of the fluttery and flirtatious feminine embellishments of “Ruffles”

Vintage Delight:  Ruffles Of Fashionable Distinction
Vintage Delight: Ruffles Of Fashionable Distinction
Homage To Ruffles Adorning Iconic Model Christy Turlington
Homage To Ruffles Adorning Iconic Model Christy Turlington
Ruffles:  Elegant Flounces Of Visual, Fashionable Delight
Ruffles: Elegant Flounces Of Visual, Fashionable Delight
Flirtatious Layers Of Fashionable Bliss:  Ruffles
Flirtatious Layers Of Fashionable Bliss: Ruffles
Layers Of Elegance & Feminine Distinction:  Ruffles
Layers Of Elegance & Feminine Distinction: Ruffles
Fashion's Elegant Ruffles:  Layers Of  Fancy Frills
Fashion’s Elegant Ruffles: Layers Of Fancy Frills
Floating Waves Of Fabric:  The Woman & The  Layer Of Ruffles
Floating Waves Of Fabric: The Woman & The Layer Of Ruffles
Gathers & Pleats Of Layered Delight:  Ruffles
Gathers & Pleats Of Layered Delight: Ruffles
Wavy Effects Of Layered Appeal:  Fashion's Ruffles
Wavy Effects Of Layered Appeal: Fashion’s Ruffles
Feminine Flourishes:  Ruffles
Feminine Flourishes: Ruffles
Graceful Elegance:  Fashion's Ruffles
Graceful Elegance: Fashion’s Ruffles

Consider the beauty and elegance of “ruffles”. Whether they are framing the face, floating around the neck, cascading off the shoulders or flowing and spiraling off the hips, ruffles certainly provide stunning drama to an ensemble. Whether the “Ruffles” that layer the woman provide furls of loose and flowing waves, dramatic and oversized or more sculpted and modern waves, fashion has endured in creating a fresh appeal with the feminine detail of layers in history. “Ruffles” are the foundation of a dramatic look without the need for accessories as “Ruffles” act as their own accessories. Impact, for certain. Classic, feminine style. Flouncing ruffles that reference the femininity of history’s past paired with modern influences, indeed. Consider the elegance and layered appeal of fashion’s layered appeal of “Ruffles”. Fashion’s feminine flourish, indeed….

Kristin

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