Fashion was once regarded as ‘decorative arts’ during the 19th century before fashion editorial magazines and exhibitions came to ground, as well as Yves Saint Lauren, Anna Wintour, and other risk takers alike. Nowadays, fashion is considered to be ‘applied arts’ — terminological transition from ‘costume’ to ‘fashion.’
In recent times, we have entered the Age of Aquarius. Aquarians’ sense of fashion has always been known to be rather eclectic, audacious, and well put-together. When I was researching the Age of Aquarius, I questioned whether or not the Age had any influence on fashion.
In order to look at the influence of the renowned Age of Aquarius, I looked at designers and fashion icons with natal attributes that fall under or are compatible to the Aquarian constellation. The most characteristically compatible signs to Aquarius are those under the signs of Sagittarius, Aries, Scorpio, Gemini, and Aquarius.
Firstly, there’s the most influential and consistently celebrated couture designer of the 20th century Yves Saint Lauren who is a rising Aquarius with Midheaven in Sagittarius. Then there is editor-in-chief of American Vogue and MoMa’s Costume Institute Artistic Director Anna Wintour who is a sun Scorpio with moon in Aries. Then there’s British Christian Dior head designer Juan Carlos Antonio Galliano who is a sun Sagittarius with a moon in Aries and rising Aquarius. In addition, there is the legendary and completely out-there Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta better known as Lady Gaga who is a sun Aries with moon in Scorpio and rising Gemini. The list just goes on (Alexander McQueen, Björk Guðmundsdóttir, Rihanna, Zac Posen, RuPaul Charles, Zendaya Coleman, Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Marc Jacobs, Setareh Hosseini etc.). This goes to show that those leading the fashion industry and are the most influential fashion icons have compatible natal attributes to the Aquarian constellation.
In order to make any comparable sense out of the new Age, I looked at the influence of past astrological ages on costume and fashion as well. It was in the second century B.C. that the Greek astronomer Hipparchus discovered the phenomenon called the precession of the equinoxes. In other words, the earth shifts side to side as it revolves on its axis through the solar system (in scientific terms, this is called the earth’s ‘wobble’). Over time, this wobble changes the placement of the celestial equator as well as the earth’s equator.
Approximately within 2,150 years (an ‘Age’), the equinoxes move through one of the zodiac signs. Until recently, we were in the Age of Pisces; most astrologers presume that the new Age began sometime in the 2000s. It is supposed that each Age is characterized by the astrological sign of that era.
Astrologers trace only as far back as the Age of Leo (circa 10,000 B.C. to 8,000 B.C.), which is characterized by the Neanderthals. They of which dressed to fulfill their hunting, gathering, and cave-dwelling lives. I image a Stone Age aesthetic.
After the Age of Leo, we entered the the Age of Cancer (circa 8,000 B.C. to 6,000 B.C.), which is characterized by the Cancer-esque home-maker. They of which began to use furs as warmth since the majority began transitioning from living in caves to living outdoors.
Thereafter Leo, we entered the Age of Gemini (circa 6,000 B.C. to 4,000 B.C.), which is characterized by the irrigation systems, the development of writing, and the invention of the wheel of which made rudimentary business and travel possible. Since agriculture was more understood and controlled, woven textiles and the production of linen came to ground.
Then we jump to the Age of Taurus (circa 4,000 B.C. to 2,000 B.C.), which is characterized by the Egyptian civilizations. Both the aesthetic nature of Taurus and its solidity are reflected in the architecturally audacious fashion of the era.
After Taurus, we entered the Age of Aries (circa 2,000 B.C. to 1 B.C.), which is characterized by the Iron Age and the militaristic influences of varying cultures. Here, you can look at the style of the Roman and Greek empires.
Subsequently, the Age of Pisces (circa A.D. 1 to A.D. 2000) commenced, which is mainly characterized by the Enlightenment era when Christianity and modesty had major influences on how one should and should not dress.
Finally, we get to the Age of Aquarius (circa A.D. 2000 to current times), which is characterized by the sexual revolution, technological advancement including social networking, and social reforms in regards to acceptance of different cultures, backgrounds, and identities. Today, the people that have these compatible natal atributes are not afraid to show their true colors ane are rapidly increasing in number.
Shameless plug: If you want to look at more unknown work by people with Aquarius natal attributes and compatibility, I want you to look at my very own. I’m a sun Sagittarius with a rising in Aquarius and Midheaven in Sagittarius. Look at my art on Instagram (@jacobqgagliastri.jpg). I also recommend viewing Dro Lopez‘s account (@dro.lopez). He is a sun Aquarius and moon Scorpio. Here’s just a taste:
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