Beyond the Trend: Gingham

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Gingham is easily known as one of the most popular prints during the warmer months. The woven fabric has a rich history, with roots in several different cultures across the globe. Originally, it is said that the word “gingham” came from the Malaysian word genggang, meaning “ajar” or “separate.” Alternatively, the name itself may have originated in the village of Guingamp in the town of Brittany, France. Gingham was first seen in 17th century Europe, when it originally was more of a striped pattern as opposed to the distinguished checkered pattern that it’s known for today. The change occurred when mills in Manchester, England began to produce the print in a checkered design. In French, gingham is referred to as vichy, after the town. The gingham trend has truly transcended beyond one particular era and has re-appeared in several collections time and time again. Here, CR takes a look at the fashion world’s various interpretations of the pattern over the years.

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