The history of color blue

Written by Dana Bilodedenko


Posted on May 29 2022

Cinderella, Grace Kelly in Hitchcock, Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface, and Emma Stone in La La Land. These are just a few of the names that immediately come to mind when you think of the legendary blue dresses.

Nowadays, blue is associated with the sky, depth, and, of course, the famous diamond from the Titanic. It is hard to believe that in history he was by no means famous for his popularity. So the ancient Romans considered it barbaric and attributed it to bad taste, and Goethe described it like this: "... it stands on the negative side and in its greatest purity is, as it were, an exciting nothing." Even in the texts on the symbolism of color, dating from the beginning of the second millennium, there is no mention of the color blue.

Only in the XII century, when lilies appeared on the coat of arms of the King of France on a blue background, the color was recognized and loved. It was during this period that blue established its position and became associated with luxury and high social status. Since the color was difficult to derive from natural dyes, it was reserved for the elite and not available to ordinary people.

After that, he left a lasting mark on the history of the formal wardrobe. Uniforms at the imperial palace, jackets, and caps of high school students, the sailors' vests we love now.

Nowadays, blue is popular in every field: it was one of the favorite colors of Margaret Thatcher, and it was he who made Thierry Mugler popular, without it it is difficult to imagine the paintings of your favorite marine painters, and the presence of jeans in every wardrobe is not even worth mentioning.

Blue has settled in our world forever thanks to the richness of shades and undertones. Its history is complex and not as multifaceted as that of the same black or red, but its perception by society has changed so much that it simply does not fit in my head how it could be considered bad taste.



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