Why do some fashion trends re-emerge while others don’t?

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marbar57 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Fashion trends have come and gone throughout history, but when one re-emerges years or decades later, its usually due to the economy and the media.  According to Amanda Mauldin, a graduate student at the Academy of Design and Technology:

It’s always interesting looking back on past fashion trends and how they have evolved over the decades. And even on today’s runways we still revisit some of our favorite trends from the past.

During the 1940s, the war years, the culotte, or split skirt was revived and revised.  Originally worn by men as "knee britches," it was later adopted by women in a longer version for horseback riding so they could straddle the saddle versus sitting sidesaddle.  Then in the 1940's, fashion designers got creative and came up with many shorter, stylish versions of the culotte.  The culotte was very popular during the 1940's and 1950's, but popularity waned during the sixties.  Now the culotte has been re-designed as the "skort" (derived from combining the words "skirt" and "shorts"), an article of clothing with a covering in the front or back to resemble a skirt, but with separate pant legs underneath.  Usually the bottom hem is fuller, with the excess material being gathered into a fitted waistline with creative pleats or gathers.