Extraordinary fashion show from the middle ages to the 20th century
A historical fashion show where models were presenting costumes and clothes from the middle ages to the 20th century took place on September 1, 2012 in the idyllic Swiss water-château of Hallwyl, allowing deep insights on styles of the past dominated by political and moral aspects and class behaviour
In the 16th century the Spanish fashion was introduced, black, stiff and with ruffs dominated, a true sign of catholic belief. In Baroque times following the lifestyle and fashion has been extravagant and excessive by the noble. These were followed by the Empire style, lifting the dictate of bodice and corselets, ribbons and wigs leading to the period of Enlightement and returning to natural behaviour and to let the clothing flow the ladies did wear no underwear. All of these periods were followed by ever quicker style changes in the 20th century. Today clothing styles express the joy of living, individuality and purpose with work and sportswear, special outfits and home dresses made of adequate materials.
There was no catwalk installed in Hallwyl but visitors strolled through the historic rooms of the chateau and they encountered models wearing the fashion of their epoch. Moderators were telling contemporary stories. The event has been organized by the museum of the canton of Aargau and had a large turnout.