It is often said that fashion trends come back in style. With fashion designers in the process of introducing what is "in vogue" for the Fall 2015 season, it is always interesting to see what trends are coming back around. This year, a trend to watch is the "Poncho." A poncho is an exterior piece of clothing designed to keep the body warm, which is perfect for the fall weather. Looking back at Victorian style clothing, women of this era wore a similar style garment however it was not known as a poncho, but was known as a "Cape" or "Cloak." These stylish and essential fashion pieces were made from a wide assortment of fabrics depending on where you lived and your social class including wool, satin, silk, velvet, lace, and taffeta to name of few. They would often times be trimmed with fur, beading, ribbon, lace, Soutache cord, or braid and other type of cutwork. Designs typically were ornate and ranged from short to long styles depending on the time period.
The image on the left, is from an 1897 Sears Roebuck & Co. Catalogue. The cape is listed at costing $9.50. The picture on the right is a modern style cape, today known as a poncho, however in this case it is referred to as a blazer from Urban Outfitters. It is apparent with the two images side by side, the overall shape hasn't changed much. Fabrics and decoration has been altered according to fashions trends and modern technologies in the world of fashion, however the concept is still similar. Keep your eyes out for more of Fall fashions and see if any other Victorian era fashion elements make it on today's runways.