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Some fashion trends go out of style as quick as their arrival in the industry, having the fate of being turned into a pop-culture joke for the future generations, like the extremely low rise jeans of the last decade, or the gaudy ‘disco’ look of the 1970s. Their cultural appeal simply dies out after a period of time. Yet, some trends manage to find their space in the fashion industry for decades, like denims, small floral prints and animal prints. However, amongst these lasting trends, animal prints are peculiar because they have been a part of human culture for many centuries, and are not just an invention of the last few decades. This is why animal prints in clothing and textile are an evergreen trend; they have had a special place fixed in the fashion genre for a very long time. But one may ask, what has given this print, inspired by wild animals, such an evergreen status? This question can be answered by analyzing the long drawn history of the animal print.

Trends in Animal Skin Prints

From a historical perspective, our ancestors belonging to the stone-age took to animal hides to find the much needed warmth and clothing. This raw and exotic appeal of animal prints stood the test of time. Through the centuries, kings, queens and the elite would own rugs and décor made of animal hide, showing off their trophies obtained in the spirit of hunting. They would wear animal fur leading to its present day association with individuals of the upper class. Though the use of animal hide was eventually banned in the mid 20th century, animal prints have retained their expensive and classy status. Although dresses and overcoats in animal skin prints would be worn by many women, it was the famous French fashion designer Christian Dior who really turned it into an iconic trend with various collections of his showcasing the fierce spots of the leopard print. One of his famous lines eloquently sums up what the animal print came to mean for the 20th century woman, “If you are fair and sweet, don’t wear it.” From simply having an expensive status and mythical appeal, the animal prints were becoming a statement of power and sexuality in the twentieth century. In the 1950s, Vanity Fair was one of the first companies to come out with women’s lingerie patterns in animal print. Since then, from Dolce and Gabbana to Gucci, a number of trend setting fashion brands have explored the animal print and included it in their collections over and over.

Recent Trends in Animal Skin Textile Prints

Over the years, brands have come to explore the animal print in all its forms, jumping from its classic variety of leopard, tiger and zebra print, they have moved forward to include snake, giraffe and peacock prints as well. In the present globalized world, every upper-end brand’s clothing tends to have seconds, thirds and imitations created. So has the case been with clothing in animal print as well. Today, a variety of animal print clothing is mass produced and is easily affordable for the common (wo)man. Though present in every second woman’s wardrobe, it still retains its bold style statement. The clothing is also catered towards a male audience, though dominantly it is produced for women.
Thus, the history of animal print in fashion travels back to many centuries and has come to represent a variety of ideas over the years– wealth, class, power, sensuality and boldness being some of them. The animal print has become engrained in fashion history to the point of being considered evergreen. It is not just sported by celebrities, models and the royals, but it is bought by today’s average citizen as well. The statement an animal print can make has been redefined and re-explored over the years , yet nothing has been able to meddle with the popularity of these prints. It has cemented its spot through the course of history, and it is not just a trend that comes and fades, but a mythical inspiration that every designer is bound to turn to. History has shaped what the trend has come to mean, and its wide acceptance has transformed it from a mere necessity for the prehistoric man to a timeless trend that is here to stay.