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Spring Fashion 2023: How Has The Season Of Spring Influenced Fashion?


The nights are getting lighter the trees and flowers are bursting into life as we start to shake off the darkness of Winter. Spring has arrived and its joy and energy seems to reawaken nature and  with it our senses. But it isn’t just our mood that can be uplifted by Spring. It seems to inspire the fashion industry to try and steal some of its magic too. When we reflect on Spring Fashion, it is clear to see how designers have been inspired to bring spring into their collections.

Some examples of patterns and prints which are known to have been inspired by the season of Spring are:

  • Floral prints
  • Pastel colours
  • Gingham fabric
  • Patchwork

Some examples of fashion houses and designers who have clearly expressed their influence of spring on their fashion design include:

  • Christian Dior
  • Alexander McQueen
  • Viktor & Rolf

How have different designers incorporated the theme of spring, and the art of flowers, into their designs?

This design shows model Tania Dzyagileva wearing a Todd Haiman inspired ‘haute culture’ dress, designed by fashion house, Alexander McQueen. This design was inspired by Todd Haiman’s fascinating and beautiful floral landscapes, in which offer complete serenity and tranquility. The dress is covered with ‘frozen flowers’ which dropped to the ground whilst the model walked the catwalk. Could this be used to symbolise new beginnings? Alternatively, could this be a metaphor for releasing any unworthy things in life, which do not give you any benefits?

This design was taken from Van Gogh’s impressionist paintings, and was created by fashion house Viktor & Rolf. This design is influenced by Dutch fashion, with use of straw and natural materials to mimic a bundle of wheat.

Spring Fashion through the years: Springtime fashion has adapted massively throughout the years, and this section plans to guide you through the timeline of spring fashion evolution.

The phenomena of designers being inspired by the beauty and energy of Spring is nothing new, as we can see if we briefly explore the history of its influence.


Bodices and corsets were extremely structured and fitting in the 1880s. Dresses often boasted numerous frills and decorate additions, and fashion was portrayed as elegant and classy. The clothing colour palette reflected the main spring colours appearing within nature at the time.



In the 1900s, the overall structure of garments remained the same. Light, soft colours and embellishments remained a key theme of fashion in this period. Parasols, gloves, hats and collars also made an appearance, allowing ladies to show off their Spring wardrobe to the world.


Outfits became much simpler in the 1920s, however the clothes still consisted of a variety of colours and decorative techniques. A popular outfit of the time was a slinky dress, combined with a hat to add detail, allowing 



Casual dresses with collars featured became more common in the 1940s, as did shorts, culottes and sandals. Gingham and floral-patterned clothing were very popular during this time.


In the 1960s, retro prints became much more fashionable, and fabrics being printed with geometric or abstract designs. 2 piece sets also started becoming more popular. The colours of fabric in the 1960s started to become more vivid and eye-catching, and so arguably, this colour palette could have been inspired by springtime flowers such as daffodils, crocuses and tulips.

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Bold, statement pieces which drifted away from usual fashion conformities started to appear in the 1980s. Striking materials such as PVC made an entrance onto the catwalk.


Spring fashion in the 2000s saw the rise of low waisted garments, baker boy caps and statement sunglasses. Belts also became more prominent on the catwalk.


The significance of springtime flowers:

  • Tulips are meant to symbolise the arrival of spring. They are a symbol for positive wishes, happiness and attachment to a person.
  • Daffodils symbolise new beginnings and rebirth, with the gift of daffodils meaning to bring happiness.
  • Pansies symbolise remembrance, love or admiration. Yellow pansies in particular represent happiness and joy.
  • Iris’ symbolise royalty, faith, wisdom and hope. The iris flower has been closely linked to the monarchy over a long period of time.
  • Snowdrops represent hope, rebirth, consolation and purity. They work their way through the snow to bloom, and indicate that spring has begun.
  • Crocuses can be used for a range of different things, such as spices for dishes, and fragrances in perfumes. They symbolise youthfulness and cheerfulness.

What is the fashion forecast for spring 2023? Various fashion trends are making a comeback for spring 2023. One of these trends is structured corsets, seen in the 1880s, which may be inspired by springtime by incorporating floral patterns, or featuring bright, eye-catching colours. Another trend which will be seen returning in spring 2023 is low-rise waisted clothing, seen in the 2000s.


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