It is a textile technology with a long tradition that roots back to the ancient Orient. In patchwork, different pieces of fabric are sewed together. The technique was particularly popular during the world Great Depression after the Golden 20s. Back then, it was a cheap possibility to make new fabrics out of old textiles people already had. So maybe, you remember the style from patchwork blankets from your grandparents.
The technique, of course, still works today. Why choose a material or pattern, if there are so many amazing versions anyway? That’s probably what the designers of this year’s Paris Fashion Week thought as well. After patchworked denim has been big for this season, the designers took the game even one step further for fall/winter 2019/20. At Balmain, a denim jacket with wide shoulders and sleeves was decorated with patches of tweed.
Furthermore, fashion designer Christian Wijnants presented a fine dress that combined stripes and floral patterns in a very harmonious way. At Elie Saab, cut-outs made out of transparent black tulle formed the exciting contrast to the sequined patches. The New York based designer Thom Browne showed us a classic version of the patchwork trend in the colors of France: red, white and blue.