As summer approaches, I find myself dreaming of gingham. The earliest memory I have of gingham is of my dear aunt Maggie in her blue & white gingham blouse. ….and green and white decor in her family room.
Gingham fabric first appeared in the 17th century in Manchester, England. It was originally striped, but later was made into a checked pattern. There is some disagreement about where the word gingham came from: Italy? Malaysia? Indonesia? What all the possible roots have in common is that they all mean “striped.” And cuteness.
Gingham shirts were also popularized by the mod movements since the 1960s and continue to be linked with indie and mod music. So, is not just for the preppy among us!
Humor me, will you?
Gingham is like a solid with a lot of personality.
– Isaac Mizrahi