The only memory of corduroy I can think of is when I used to wear brown corduroy pants to school. I would never say that I would be wearing this fabric ever again. Corduroy never stood for my kind of aesthetics. Et voilà. Here I am, in 2018, with a corduroy piece. Actually, two of them.

In spite of wearing corduroy from head to toe, I don’t feel like coming straight from the ‘70s. Thanks to the modern cut and the fresh color, the suit is more than present-day. The key in styling is to make sure that the cut is great and if necessary, break the outfit with a modern element. 

Corduroy evolves from the ancient cotton weave known as ‘fustian’ that was being manufactured in Al-Fustat in Egypt around 200 AD. Officially, we know the fabric from the 17th century when it was used and worn by aristocrats in England. Corduroy made its way to the history in the 18th century as a workwear that was needed with the increase of factories. In the 20th century, corduroy lived a great boom as it expanded globally and instead of workwear it started to symbolize clothing for intellectuals and academics. Since then, the descendent of fustian is going out and coming back to fashion every now and then. This season, it is having a moment, making a triumphal comeback in reinvented forms into both women’s and men’s wardrobe. Let’s see for how long it stays this time.

Photography by Gabi AR

Wearing Mango suit, satin bag Mango, shoes Zara

Corduroy: a complete history