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History Of Harem Pants

Posted on 1 September, 2015 at 9:25

 

History of Harem Trousers

Harem trousers are an ancient style of dress, believed to have originated in Persia around the 16th century, or possibly even earlier.

The original so-called “harem pants” were introduced to Western fashion by Paul Poiret around 1910 and were inspired by Middle East styles: şalvar – from the Turkish style pants; shalvar from South Ashia, or Patiala salwar, sirvar from Bosnia. 

Inspired by these Oriental styles Paul Poiret, in 1911 introduced harem pants to the West with an effort to reinvent and liberate women’s fashion. His designs were widely criticized as they were regarded immoral and controversial at that time as woman were not expected to wear trousers. But he oriental style harem trousers would give woman the freedom and flexibility without compromising their femininity.

They became very popular in West and despite the fierce criticism other designers started showing signs of using the Oriental style trousers in their works.

In the modern era, harem trousers have come a long way since the MC Hammer pants craze of the 1980s and worn by many celebrities.

The trousers continue to be a very popular item with many contemporary designs available. 


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