Capes – Coats for the 21st Century?
Capes, which today we might call cloaks or mantles, are fashionable recollections of the past. Known from the Middle Ages as a coat substitute, the mantle was designed for both men and women. For the latter, capes were protection against the cold and an answer to fashion boredom. But the return of the cloak to fashion brought with it a lot of changes for this unusual element of the women’s wardrobe. One thing is certain – no matter what the style or material, capes make you feel special and allow you to sport an original look.
Soldiers, Hippies, and Beautiful Women
Capes have survived a lot of fashion upheaval to arrive at their best in modern times. In the 1940s, they could be found among the military, and 20 years later in the form of broad ponchos worn by hippies. Today’s capes are richly adorned with large buttons, big buckles and further embellishment. They are closer now to coats and tailored jackets than to the cloaks of medieval times.