The Kaftan: Between Past And Present

A caftan or kaftan is a long, loose garment with long sleeves, resembling a robe. Fabrics range from lightweight textiles for the summer months to richer velvets and brocades. Traditionally made with silk or cotton, caftans are frequently adorned with colorful patterns, and many individuals wear them with a coordinating belt or sash.

It first appeared in Persia around 600 B.C.The Kaftan trend have re-emerged throughout the fashion history many times; in the fifties where it was first introduced to the western culture then most notably in 1967 when the Beatles made a trip to India where they were hugely influenced by their yogi and guru Maharishi Mahesh. They shared their “India Experience” with their fans by setting new trends in music and fashion.In the United States Diana Vreeland discovered it during a trip to Morocco and later wrote a series of articles about it for Vogue.

Enjoy the visual history of the kaftan :

Photo by Barry Lategan 1970 Dresses Valentino Vogue Italia, March 1970

Photo by Barry Lategan 1970 Dresses Valentino Vogue Italia, March 1970

Photo by Bugat 1969 Dress Galitzine  Vogue Italia, March 1969

Photo by Bugat 1969 Dress Galitzine Vogue Italia, March 1969

Photo by Bugat 1971 Dress Ken Scott Vogue Italia, October 1971

Photo by Bugat 1971 Dress Ken Scott Vogue Italia, October 1971

Photo by David Bailey 1967 Dress Carole Austen  Vogue Italia, January 1967

Photo by David Bailey 1967 Dress Carole Austen Vogue Italia, January 1967

Photo by Franco Rubartelli 1968 Dress Marucelli Vogue Italia, February 1968

Photo by Franco Rubartelli 1968 Dress Marucelli Vogue Italia, February 1968

Photo by Giampaolo Barbieri 1966 Dress Naka Vogue Italia, November 1966

Photo by Giampaolo Barbieri 1966 Dress Naka Vogue Italia, November 1966

Photo by Henry Clarke 1965 Dress Krizia Vogue Italia, November 1965

Photo by Henry Clarke 1965 Dress Krizia Vogue Italia, November 1965

Photo by Ugo Mulas 1967 Dress Dorothèe Bis  Vogue Italia, July August 1967

Photo by Ugo Mulas 1967 Dress Dorothèe Bis Vogue Italia, July August 1967

Photo by Albert Watson 1989 Dress Prada Vogue Italia, July August 1989

Photo by Albert Watson 1989 Dress Prada Vogue Italia, July August 1989

Photo by Barry Lategan 1970 Dress Balestra  Vogue Italia, February 1970

Photo by Barry Lategan 1970 Dress Balestra Vogue Italia, February 1970

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

Lee Radziwill in an Ottoman style Kaftan

Lee Radziwill in an Ottoman style Kaftan

Talitha and her husband John Paul Getty taken by Patrick Lichfield

Talitha and her husband John Paul Getty taken by Patrick Lichfield

Yves Saint Laurent and Talitha Getty in Marrakech

Yves Saint Laurent and Talitha Getty in Marrakech

Alberta Ferreti

Alberta Ferreti

Emilio Pucci spring/summer 2011

Emilio Pucci spring/summer 2011

Etro

Etro

Missoni

Missoni

Naeem Khan

Naeem Khan

Temperley London

Temperley London

Reem Acra spring/summer 2009

Reem Acra spring/summer 2009

images via vogue.it ; pashionmagazine.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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13 comments

  1. Don’t even ask me cos i love the way kaftans are been made in the old times than now and that’s one of the reason why i still have some of my grandma’s kaftan all i have to do is just make some little adjustment and they are ready to wear. like the post xoxo.

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