Glamour: Sonja de Lennart
Sonja de Lennart studied tailoring after attending business school to fulfill her dream of becoming a fashion designer.
After World War II ended in 1945, she began designing clothes and opened her first boutique “Salon Sonja” in Munich, Germany.
“I will be making, for woman, beautiful sexy pants.”
Back in a time when the idea of women wearing pants was just unacceptable, the young German designer managed to introduce sexy pants that were later known as Capri pants.
She named them after Italy’s famous island, Capri: her favorite holiday destination.
According to her latest interview, she had the idea of Capri pants while walking by water when her pants got wet; she thought of making the pants a bit shorter so they won’t get wet.
The long or three-quarter shorts ended right below the knee.
The pants were created for both the winter and the summer collections.
She also invented another distinctive mark, the Schlitzchen (the little slit on the outer-side of the pant leg); thus, you can slip in your pants easier and get more freedom of movement.
The initial Capri Collection also consisted of Capri skirts (wide-swinging skirts), blouses with three-quarter arms, hats and wide belts.
By 1949, “Glamour” was the word most used to describe the gorgeous designs.
In 1950, it was redefined when the pants were worn and exposed underneath a buttoned Capri dress; which showed a whole new different style.
My favorite part about this was when Edith Head chose them to be a part of the Roman holiday’s wardrobe.
The pants also made it to the final take in Sabrina, which was a nice twist than usual dresses; since it could reveal the transformation and empowerment Audrey has gained in France while still being her.
Sure Grace Kelly was the first movie star to wear Capris but it was Audrey who took them to the next level. In fact they became her signature style.
Hollywood got further obsessed with the fashion revolution and so did everyone else.
By the 60’s, the Capri had become a worldwide phenomenon. Almost all fashion designers added Capri pants to their collection at some point.
First only worn by women, but later they gained popularity with men in many countries, especially in Europe.
So to you Sonja , we wish you all the best.
Happy birthday 🙂