Chokers are have made a comeback in a big way for SS17.
Once considered a styling touch reminiscent of the ’90s, the necklace that we thought had disappeared has come back in a fresh new innovative way.
According to expert curators from the Jewellery Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, collars have been around for thousands of years, first gracing the world’s earliest civilisations: the Sumer Empire in Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt. Often done up in gold or lapis, the necklaces were thought to be protective and imbued with special powers.
With bright colours and intricate designs, these chokers are what we now call wearable art.
Let’s delve into the past to see just where this huge trend started…
1798: POLITICAL DRESS DURING FRENCH REVOLUTION
During the French Revolution, women took to wearing red ribbons around their necks to pay homage to those who met their death at the guillotine.
1874: BALLERINAS & FASHIONABLE LADIES
Some of history’s most famous chokers can be found in Degas’ ballerina paintings, of which he did many in the 1870s/80s.
LATE 1800s: ROYAL TREND
Alexandra, Prince of Wales, reportedly wore thick rows of pearls and velvet to cover a scar on here neck which made her self conscious. She was influential in expanding the trend.
She was said to have been influenced by Indian dress and jewellery during her numerous tenures in India.
1900s: UPSCALE CHOKERS ARE MARKERS OF THE ELITE
The term dog collars catches on, and these designs – incorporating luxe diamonds, pearls, lace and velvet – can be seen as objects of the elite because the best kinds were custom-made to fit one’s neck perfectly.
1944: REVIVING THE TREND
‘Dog Collars’ are on trend again – both on actual dogs and people – as seen in Life Magazine.
1990s: THE ERA OF THE CHOKER
Chokers make a comeback, big time. From the red carpet to the must have nightclub accessory, they were everywhere.
NOW: THEY ARE BACK
Chokers are back, and it’s like they’ve never left. Bigger, brighter and adorned with colour and jewels, they are the statement piece of the season.
BEX ROX CHOKERS
From our Luna Nivalis and Iconic Rox collections, we have got the must-have chokers to keep you updated. Whether you want a statement piece in beautiful colours or just a touch of glamour, we’ve got you covered.
The Araceli choker that can be worn with the tail down the back.
The Friendship bracelet converted into a choker.