Shredded Clothes Are the Future of Fashion

They're a sign of the times, apparently
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2010 12:01 PM CDT

(Newser) – If the idea of purchasing pre-shredded clothes seems silly, get used to it...this trend isn't going anywhere. Not only that—it could be a "signpost" with the "staying power to shape the future of design," writes Ruth LaFerla in the New York Times. At least that's what a group of Parsons fashion students believe, telling LaFerla shredded clothes are subversive ("Your mom wouldn't want you wearing those") and provocative ("As if you were in a frenzy to get at what's just under all those clothes").

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Slashed clothes have been around since Henry VIII and have resurfaced during times of "social upheaval"—think punk in the 1970s and grunge in the 1990s. They're back with a vengeance, showing up at shows including Rodarte and Balmain, not to mention on celebrities like Taylor Momsen and Lourdes Leon. It's a sign of the times, when "people are losing their jobs and abandoning old habits,” says one student; "shredding their identities and searching for new ones," adds another.
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