If you're interested in the history of fashion, it is usually impossible to ignore the ways in which contemporary designers reference styles of past eras. As we mentioned in this post, designer John Galliano frequently mines fashion history for his inspiration, both in his own collections and in those he creates for Christian Dior. The Fall 2009 Galliano ready-to-wear collection is notable for its reference to the pannier, a type of undergarment that emphasizes the hips. A few weeks ago, we posted an entry on our robe de style, a 1920s dress which makes use of the pannier. After you've revisited that post, take a look at Galliano's Fall 2009 collection here and see if you can spot how Galliano referenced this wide-hipped silhouette.
Have you noticed any other historic styles popping up in current fashion? Let us know what you find!