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Bohemian gypsy or socialite copycat?

I put a few vintage photographs on the Facebook page yesterday and fans of the page liked them. The photographs were of gypsies who inspired the Bohemian culture that swept Europe in the early 20th century.


The gypsies were thought to come from Bohemia hence the name of the cultural movement. It was a 19th-century form of Cosplay, the rich socialites dressing up, as they have always done. They were also showing off. It is an interesting choice of style though and it has been copied in the 21st century. The ripped jeans phenomenon began with people thinking it was cool to wear jeans but could only afford used ones and so the faded and ripped jeans became so fashionable that the modern-day socialite wanted them ripped when they bought them…


It is strange how a phenomenon can start with worn out jeans or the Avant-garde style of gypsies. Art movements can start in bookshops and cafes and in the UK all sorts of things can start in pubs. I went into a pub once that also served as an art gallery for local students. That was in that great metropolis of London. These things often start in the capital cities and then spread to other capital cities; such is the contagion of the trendy phenomenon.

The future?

What will inspire the next phenomenon to take the world by storm? I wish I knew, I could make a few quid out of it. I never thought short back and sides would make a comeback, but it has. Not for me, though, I’m still in the hair gel era…

That’s it for today, I hope I have made you think a little. If you would like to read about more ideas then why not follow this blog by entering your email address at the top of the sidebar.  You can also follow me on Twitter for updates. You can find more Bohemian pictures on my Facebook page.

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