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I was having a look at the recent Haute Couture shows from Paris when I saw the Atelier Versace show and all of their Haute Hood glory. Fashion's past always inspires it's future and I have to say I personally ADORE this look.
The collection was said to be inspired by style and culture icon Grace Jones and her haute hoods from the 1980's
FASHION HISTORY: The look of the hood can be seen in cloaks (outerwear), a version of a cape as far back as the 1500's, "This cloak is of ancient origin, dating back to the Arab world of the early centuries AD, where it took the form of the haik or hayk. It was imported into Spain by the Moors and was seen and illustrated by Christoph Weiditz in Granada in 1529, also in Flanders in 1532"source
The chic haute hood however made it's way into mainstream 'Fashion' pre-Halston of the 1970's . You could see this look popular in the 1930's.
Deanna Durbin, 1930's
Claudette looks fabulous while filming The Palm Beach Story in 1942
Jean Shrimpton in a lace dress with hood by Nettie Vogues, photo by David Bailey for Vogue UK 1965
Grace Jones in Halston 1970's
Priscilla Presley and Elvis
and in the 1980's Azzedine Alaia.
Alaia "mermaid'' evening dress in green acetate knit with hood, spiral zipper set in curved seam and fishtail hem from the Winter 1986 collection
Grace Jones in Alaia
The hooded look has been seen on amazing performers like P!nk on stage at the Grammy's
and Kylie Minogue in her video for "Can't Get You Out Of My Head"