The cape and its millennial charm

The cape is a garment that dates back to the mists of time, at first it was used only for protective purposes against bad weather and harsh climates,
and was then used from the upper classes and be adorned with fine fabrics and materials; like velvets and furs, becoming a distinctive symbol
of the wealthiest and noblest classes. In recent years it has begun to make its appearance on the catwalks and to be used on several occasions.

History of the cape

Used as previously mentioned to protect oneself from harsh climates, the cape, in the course of its evolution has been enriched and composed
of precious fabrics, in the Middle Ages it was used by knights, nobles and traders to show off their importance and wealth.

Cape in history and its evolution in fashion

In the Renaissance, however, the use of the cape saw its decline and then reappeared in the 1800s, used above all by Dandies to show their eccentricity
and extravagance compared to the masses. But it is in the 1900s that the cape begins to be a garment studied by different stylists and fashion houses
becoming the garment of nobility and different fantasies.

Revolution cape forms

If in ancient times wool and cloth were used and for the wealthy classes in velvet and fur with paisley embroidery in the early 1900s Paul Poiret,
considered the stylist and artist of the Belle Epoque, he is one of the first to play on the shapes and colors of the cape; his kimono cape is famous.

Cape and its evolution in shapes and  hippie fashion

Then it’s the turn of Elsa Sciapparelli with her surrealist contemporary cape in shocking pink satin with huge suns embroidered in gold for the collection Astrology.
Giving inspiration to the greatest designers such as Dior, Balenciaga, Valentino, Pucci and Yves Saint Laurent just to name a few.
During the 70s the poncho was discovered by the hippie subculture and it was in this period that the classic circular or semicircular shape the cape is turned
upside down and becomes part of the prêt-à-porter; spreading to all styles and social classes.

Style tips

The prerogative of the cape or poncho is that it is a garment suitable for all physiques and that can be worn on all occasions. It can be worn over
a coat or a trench coat but also alone in the spring season.

Cape style tips

If you have an elegant evening you can opt for a cape in fur, velvet or eco-leather or even for a long-cut cape with trimmings and elegant  embroidery.
In a casual evening or for a simple aperitif, you can aim for a cape adorned with sequins or extravagant embroidery.
For those with a more nomadic or hippie soul, you can also opt for a multi-ethnic model with fringes and prints or batik-style embroidery.
The shape of the cape allows to bring out the waist for those who are slim while for the more shapely to hide the roundness and slim the figure,
the usual advice is instead on the length in general for those who do not have a high stature we recommend a short cut
that does not go beyond the beginning of the hips.

To conclude, remember to wear tight pants or wallet skirts so as not to create too much an hourglass effect, otherwise if you want width from the hips down, focus for a more open cape preferable with a belt that wraps around the waist.