Driving past Uterqüe last Saturday, I was taken by this simple yet so sophisticated jumpsuit on the shop window. Its clean and structured line, buttoned pipeline and wide belt all in the same colour gives it a 60´s twist to it.
This made me look into the history of jumpsuits and came across these cool facts.
Did you know the first ever jumpsuit was made in 1919 by a Florentine designer, who went by the name of Thayat, for parachutists and skydivers? Hence the name jumpsuit, which was quite a suit for jumping!
It was not only until the 1930´s when Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel made theses iconic pieces coveted by women eventhough the later´s designs were much more daring.
From the Hollywood screen, it became a glamour piece when Katherine Hepburn wore the monogramed one-piece in the film Stage Door in 1937.
During WWII, these glamorous jumpsuits turned into coveralls, more known today as overalls, as Vera Maxwell designed this jumpsuit worn by millions of `riveting Rosies´, who were the American women working in factories. The famous `We Can Do It´poster of Rosie The Riveter in her jumpsuit and her polkadot headband has become inmensily known for the empowered feminine figure.
Later in the 60´s, they hit the catwalk with Courrèges´ futuristic one-pieces and then in the 70´s became iconic signature pieces from Elvis and Abba in their palazzo shimmering jumpsuits. The beautiful Charlie´s Angels were also seen in their disco fever pieces.
Many pop icons followed this trend and were seen in pop videos wearing tight-fitting versions such as the red PVC Britney Spears wore in her ´Oops! I Did It Again´video or Spice Girl Mel B in her characteristic animal-print piece.
And here we are in 2018 and it´s still going strong. We’ve seen them in military overall versions, sleek and black for evening wear and now we’re seeing their more laid-back side in floral, fresh fabrics and even in denim for the upcoming sunny weather like this fab one from Asos for just €62,99.
There is not one I don’t like and I look forward to seeing how it will inspire designers in the future to keep this comfortable and oh so sexy piece in fashion.