Harness The History

It’s hard to trace original inspiration for trends that make it on the runway. With ideas freely traveling from one to another, we end up seeing a collective number of designers making their interpretations of the same idea. Sources of inspiration may be countless and in the end, looking at the trend we can explore our world to only guess where it could have came from.

We can attribute the current trends such as a leather harness to multiple sources: horse, construction and even bondage harnesses. Those are among early harness constructions that were used for practical purposes. Now you can see a harness used as a form of a decorative belt that complements any wardrobe piece you can think of.

From left to right, you can see designer SkinGraft feature a leather harness as an accessory and Iris Van Herpen incorporate it into the coat design as far back as Fall 2009.












The trend was viewed in a vulgar context with audience relating it to fetish fashion which was on a rise of popularity. Evolution in design and play of elements leave a body harness as more of mainstream accessory. Here’s what you see on the runway SS 2013:

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Ann Demeulemeester, D Squared, Jason Wu, Walter Van Beirendonck, Hevre Leger (2), respectively.

Image credits go to SkinGraft Designs, Iris Van Herpen, Style.

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