And Her Style Was a Major Clue

11/lug/2017 09:25:17 Morilee Contatta l'autore

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Last week, a team of investigators made a discovery that could render U.S. history books obsolete: They uncovered a photo of what might be Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, in the Marshall Islands under Japanese custody after they made an emergency landing while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937. Until now, the common narrative was that Earhart and Noonan crashed over the Pacific on their around-the-world flight and didn't survive, as their bodies and the plane were never found—but this new development suggests that may not have been the case.

In the History channel’s new documentary, Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence, which debuted last night, experts explain how they identified what is “very likely” Earhart and Noonan in the fuzzy, never-before-seen photo below. For Noonan, thought to be the Caucasian man facing the camera on the left, it’s the sharp, receding hairline, nose, and teeth; for Earhart, who sits in the center with her back to the camera, it’s the tomboyish haircut—described as “too long for a man, but too short for a native woman”—and the fact that she’s wearing pants. Which means if that really is Noonan and Earhart in the photo (these historians seem to be pretty convinced, but there have been naysayers), we have her unconventional, menswear-inspired style to thank for making it that much clearer.

It’s easy to assume that Earhart’s simple, no-frills style reflected a lack of interest in fashion. But clothes actually played a major role in her life and career: She designed the jumpsuits she wore in the cockpit and had her own label, Amelia Earhart Fashions, which financed her flight expeditions and consisted of practical, affordable, aviation-inspired dresses, suits, trench coats, and separates. The clothes were sold at Macy’s and Marshall Field’s and may have even paved the way for “athleisure.” According to the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation website, Earhart was inspired to launch the line after a conversation with Elsa Schiaparelli about a need for easy, functional clothes for “active living.” The collection didn’t last very long, but insiders recognized Earhart’s singular tastes; in 1934, the Fashion Designers of America named her one of the country’s best-dressed women.

Earhart’s penchant for no-fuss, un-precious clothing you can live your life in has also been resonating with designers of late—even at the couture shows. Couture is typically reserved for the most exquisite gowns and eveningwear, but the bigger focus this season was daywear. Earhart would have been particularly fond of Dior, where designer Maria Grazia Chiuri sent out a travel-inspired collection ranging from gray wool suits to sleek midi dresses and a hand-embroidered map jacket. We can picture her in Look 2’s belted jumpsuit (not to mention the goggle-like sunglasses!) and we’d like to think she’d appreciate the map-printed cape from Look 35, inspired by an illustration of Christian Dior’s worldly travels. Earhart’s jumpsuits were trending at the menswear shows, too; we can thank her for making them a cool, everyday staple in our busy lives.

We’re looking back at her iconic style today and plan to stream the documentary later this week. Watch it here, and scroll through a few of her signature looks above.Read more at:http://www.marieprom.co.uk | http://www.marieprom.co.uk/evening-dresses-uk

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