Day 71: Laver’s Law or the Rule of Fashion

Day 71’s assignment was: “Time travel. make something that seems like it came from another era in history.”

I decided I wanted to illustrate Laver’s Law. James Laver was a writer and a fashion expert. He developed a rule of fashion that is “an attempt to compress the complex cycle of fashion change and the general attitude towards any certain style or period into a simple timeline.”

To do this project, I first did some research into various fashion trends of the 1900’s. Originally I was going to do the flapper style dress from the roaring ’20s, but decided to make it slightly more relevant by choosing an ’80s style of acid wash denim instead.

As you might of recognized, this is a picture of Robin Sparkles¬†taken from the video “Let’s Go to the Mall” ( from the show How I met your mother)… It was hard to find a good picture of acid washed denim so I used this spoof instead.

I complied this all in, which is pretty awesome for a free version of photoshop. However, I ran into a few problems when I tried to rasterize the texts layers (the position of the text moved around so that it didn’t line up like it was supposed to.) It was very annoying and took longer than it should have to go back and fix it. :/

It’s funny how my project ¬†correlated with what I saw at Macy’s yesterday. One of the styles from the 80’s was wearing high heels with ankle socks. I laughed about that, thinking how ugly that looked and that no one would EVER wear that again.

But what do I see at Macy’s?


A mannequin wearing high heels and blue ankle socks! ¬†Definitely you can see the revival of the ’80s coming back into fashion.


I think for me high heels and ankle socks is possbily a style that will never seem fashionable again much like shoulder pads… WHY?