When it comes to fashion, trends change very fast: each season designers bring something new in the spotlight, not to mention the tendencies established by celebrities which inevitably influence through their personal style. However, there are some elements or fabrics used to create clothes or accessorize which although seem new and innovative elements, have been used in fashion since antique times. For example, it is not known that, apart from its common uses like printed birthday girl ribbon decorations for parties, the fabric can be used as accessory or raw material for creating clothes. Satin and other types of ribbon have been used during the time for lingerie and accessories, ribbons have started to be used intensively in the garment industry by cloth designers in the 90’s, when they became almost a statement in fashion trends. For this reasons, manufacturers have started to diversify the production, adding new textures and improvements to their products.
However, ribbons are considered some of the oldest adorning materials. During the seventeenth and eighteenth century, the fabric gained more and more popularity all over Europe. They were initially represented by narrow stripes of different fabrics or woven yarns that women all over the world used for braids, knotted around the hair as headbands or simply bound the hair with. In France, for example, the years 1600s were market by the use of ribbons by women of all ages. Whether we are speaking about little girls, young ladies, or elderly high class women, they all used ribbons to embellish their hair. During the seventeenth century, French and English women would decorate their elaborate coiffures with ribbons and bows. In those times, wearing ribbons was considered to be a sign of wellbeing and nobility, placing the women in certain social categories. In order to imitate the ancient Greek coiffures, women would hold back their hair using bands, with were transformed afterwards in headbands, but these were less popular than hats and bonnets, which gradually gained ground.
Maybe one of the most obvious elements belonging to that period is the traditional hat that became famous due to its remarkable accessories: large stripes of ribbon, used to tie the hat under the jaw. The world of fashion during the Victorian times was dominated by ribbon, which were used especially as hair accessories. Besides the hat, ribbons were used excessively in hairstyles: headbands, braids or bun, they could all encompass this material. Normally, only those belonging to the elite of the society could wear or adorn their outfit and hair with ribbon, but after the 1800s, the fabric become more and more popular, so everybody could include it in their style. Various hairstyles having the ribbon as a central element were created, and the headband was brought again in the highlight after Hilary Clinton and Blair Waldorf, a famous soap opera character, made it a statement style element. As a conclusion, ribbon is among some of the oldest decorative and adorning materials. Besides from adding beauty, the material is also very practical and has multiple uses.