Glamour: Sonja de Lennart

13236230_10209032370513674_1799218284_nToday we celebrate the 96th birthday of the magnificent 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.

eb5da2b313294eefe79db2aea8e63341Capri pants made history back in 1948, as being more fitted rather than the usual wide masculine pants.

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 1953 Academy Award®-winning film "Roman Holiday" starred Audrey Hepburn as Anne, a young European princess who finds romance with reporter Joe Bradley played by Gregory Peck. Hepburn won the Best Actress Oscar® for her performance in the film. In celebration of the film's 50th anniversary, "Roman Holiday" will screen at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills on Thursday, September 25, 2003.

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 🙂

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