Contest #4: Autumn/Winter 2013 Trend Quilted Leather
The original definition of quilting is sewing two pieces of fabric together with a padding layer in between. The first known quilting is on a carved ivory statue of a Pharaoh of the Egyptian First Dynasty (est. 3400 BC). The trend of quilting came to Europe with the Crusaders in the 11th century. The Crusaders brought quilting from the Middle East. The craft also spread to India and the Far East. The earliest material used for quilting was recycled fabric. Quilting has had many uses over time, including protection from cold, comfort under metal armor (knights in Middle Ages), currency, floor mats, and door coverings (Great Plains). How does it work? Quilting traps air, acting as an insulator. The craft became popular in the mid 1800s. Quilting bees, events dedicating an entire day to quilting were hosted in the Great Plains. The first quilted jacket was invented in 1965 by husband and wife, Steve and Edna Guylas. The design was a waterproof polyester vest, designed to be worn while shooting. The Guylas sold their jackets under the brand name Husky. Their designs became popular because of the British Royal family; the Queen wore a Husky jacket while horseback riding. Later, the Guylas sold their brand; it is now known as Saviero Moschillo. Though quilting can be practical, it can also be decorative. Coco Chanel’s 2.55 quilted handbag was created in February 1955 (note the bag’s name: 2.55). The purse was designed by Chanel for practicality: the bag had a strap and so would less easily be lost. Though the bag itself was useful, the quilted design was decorative. Some say that Chanel’s use of quilting was symbolic of her love of riding (quilted material was at that time worn only by stable-boys) and that the chain was symbolic of horse bridles and girdles. In 2013, today’s [most common] consumer fashion definition of quilting is one piece of leather with topstitching in a “quilted” pattern. This form of quilting can be found in retail stores on jackets, pants, and even skirts.
Sources:
http://www.emporia.edu/cgps/tales/quilte~1.html 
http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/news-features/tmg5055713/Chanel-handbags-Quilt-trip.html 
http://www.gentlemansgazette.com/quilted-jackets-guide-buy-history/ 
http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/i/quilting-introduction/ 
 
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