Fringe Theatre


Fringing as a fashion statement has had it’s highs and lows through the style decades. Elvis in the white fringe suit being a low, sorry Elvis fans but was not one of his better moments. It’s heritage dates back to the Native American tribes of the Plains and elsewhere, having long created garments with the use of adding fringe to, which served as a type of gutter that repelled rainwater from the wearer. Fringe was a border or edge of hanging threads, cords, or strips, and was often found on garments made from suede, leather, and buckskin.

Fringe first became a decorative fashion embellishment in the 1920s as part of the flapper look. Fringe adorned the two most basic garments worn the skirt and the shawl. These garments were made out of woven wool or linen, and later, for the wealthiest people, cotton or silk. The hems, or edges, of skirts and shawls were decorated with fringe that either hung straight or was knotted into elaborate designs. Fringe could be cut from the whole piece of cloth that made up the skirt or shawl or it could be a separate piece sewn onto the garment. For a really interesting read and more in-depth history of fashion and fringe visit

The reason parentalstyle has selected fringing is to showcase these incredible pieces from knitwear designer Tim Ryan. They are capturing a mood ready for Autumn Winter, a 70’s feel, bohemian chic and folk like. Lady Moss has been spotted wearing garments with fringe benefits and is also reported to own some Tim Ryan’s pieces. He’s collection is stocked in Browns and Avenue 32. Also loving the multi mohair jacket featured below.




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