Choker – a short, tight-fitting necklace
The hottest trend of the coming season, choker, has already come through few waves of popularity. What immediately come to my mind are grungy nineties, when every girl who was 12 and older wore this tight-fitting necklace, which looked like webbing. But in fact chokers become en vogue long-long before.
Chokers in different historical periods
Similar necklaces were worn by Native Americans – they were made of bones, glass or shells. These ancient accessories were used not only by women and not only for decorative purposes – men wore such collars as a defense while hunting or fighting.
Nowadays chokers necklace are popular in eastern Africa among Maasai people. According to their culture accessories are designed not only to decorate, but also to indicate the civil and material status and even to denote some special events in the life
In Europe chokers became particularly fashionable during the French Revolution. At that time French women filleted their necks with red tape in order to pay the tribute to the memory of “victims of the guillotine.” Soon ladies started to decorate these tapes with stones, beads or embroidery, and after a couple of years that trend overtook the neighboring countries – Spain and England.
A hundred years later, in 1800, chokers have gained a very different context – a black ribbon on the neck became an attribute of the courtesans and prostitutes. But later one very influential person changed the history and brought back the propriety to this necklace.
Danish Princess Alexandra used to travel a lot to India and loved local jewellery. Moreover she had a big scar on the neck, which she always tried to hide. Therefore the princess told her jeweller to make a tight-fitting necklace with pearls set on a velvet ribbon. Needless to say that by next year all the ladies wore the same jewellery made of lace, gems and gold.
The next wave of popularity expected this jewellery in the 1940s when it became a symbol of female strength and it was extremely fashionable to wear few pieces at once. And in the ’90s, they became less glamorous – diamonds and lace were replaced with barbs, shells, dog collars and chokers-webs.
Chokers in modern days
Today chokers are popular again – they appear on the runways for several seasons, but spring 2016 promises to be the heyday of their popularity. Just remember the collections of Dior, Givenchy, Mary Katrantzou and Bevza.