Given the increasing significance and relevance of face masks in the current climate, The Mercer Club wanted to take a look into how face masks are utilized not only in the medical field but also in the fashion industry. Throughout history, facial gear has often been used as a form of expression particularly during dire straights. According to Valerie Steel, director and curator at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s “The Museum” facial wear was often utilized as a form of protection and defense during “uncertain times”.
During the Renaissance period, for instance, many people were depicted covering their noses with handkerchiefs to prevent catching any illnesses. Moreover, in the 1600’s doctor’s who were responsible for treating and diagnosing patients during the plague were often seem wearing elongated mask with beaks as a means of protections.
Given the current pandemic and the increasing need for face masks we’ve see many companies shifting their focus to help supply demand. Prominent fashion houses like Chanel, Balenciaga and Gucci are all manufacturing variations of face coverings for the public. With the CDC recommending the American public wear face masks to flatten the curve it is only natural that they become another form of expression in the fashion world. We will be releasing our own custom face masks in the coming weeks. Be on the look out and stay safe!