boxy vs. flowing shape

Michael30000

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Russian
Hello everyone,

A specialist on fashion feng shui is talking on a TV show.

Well what's happening in this photo is that Mimi is dressed in what I would call earth clothes. Very boxy, very traditional, very basic, and what happens in feng shui is that earth energy boxes in, and holds back water energy from expressing itself. So all we did is move Mimi into some much more fluid fabrications. We work with dark and pretty colors, that work with her artistic sense such as what she's wearing now, and just a little flowing shapes.

Do "boxy" and "flowing shape" (when referring to clothes) mean pretty much the same thing?

Thank you.
 
  • Michael30000

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    Michael30000

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    Russian
    The hair or dresses hang loosely down when standing still, but as both the hair and the dresses are made of a light material they move when the wearer moves. Here is a flowing shape dress when the wearer stands still: http://www.capturebrides.com/Images/Soft-flowing-wedding-dress-from-frilled-silk-chiffon.jpg as you can see it hangs loosely down her body down to the floor, it doesn't cling to her, nor is it boxy.
    Thank you again.

    I think I understand your point, but what about the following:

    http://dressybridal.blogspot.ru/2013/06/marchesa-inspired-evening-gowns.html

    Soft silk-like fabric gives this unique maxi gown a flowing shape. It features an asymmetric neckline with sparkling crystals shimmer along. Definitely a goddess's choice. Similar style from JuesheGowns:

    With the exception of an asymmetric neckline that dress/gown looks like a boxy one - it definitely has no waist, so to speak and the form of the whole gown is almost rectangular.
     
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    Hildy1

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    It's possible for a dress to be flowing in all parts. Another possibility is to have a fitted waist and a flowing skirt.

    The point of "flowing" is that the garment (or part of a garment) is made of light material and is not closely fitted. As others have said above, the material moves, almost like a liquid (hence the word "flowing", when the body moves.
     

    AutumnOwl

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    Soft silk-like fabric gives this unique maxi gown a flowing shape. It features an asymmetric neckline with sparkling crystals shimmer along. Definitely a goddess's choice. Similar style from JuesheGowns:

    With the exception of an asymmetric neckline that dress/gown looks like a boxy one - it definitely has no waist, so to speak and the form of the whole gown is almost rectangular.
    The dress may look boxy when the model is standing still, but the material in the dress is soft and silk-like so when she moves the dress will flow around her, look at the red dress in this photo, a dress that is truly boxy will never move in the same way. Usually boxy dresses are made of stiff materials, for example cotton, linen or taffeta while dresses in a flowing shape are made of soft materials, for example chiffons, soft crêpe and other fabrics with a natural fall. Compare this dress that's what I'd call boxy even if the upper part is figure-hugging (the dress can almost stand on it's own), with this dress in a soft, flowing material, which will fall into a heap when not worn.
     

    Michael30000

    Senior Member
    Russian
    It's possible for a dress to be flowing in all parts. Another possibility is to have a fitted waist and a flowing skirt.

    The point of "flowing" is that the garment (or part of a garment) is made of light material and is not closely fitted. As others have said above, the material moves, almost like a liquid (hence the word "flowing", when the body moves.
    Thank you, Hildy1.
     

    Michael30000

    Senior Member
    Russian
    The dress may look boxy when the model is standing still, but the material in the dress is soft and silk-like so when she moves the dress will flow around her, look at the red dress in this photo, a dress that is truly boxy will never move in the same way. Usually boxy dresses are made of stiff materials, for example cotton, linen or taffeta while dresses in a flowing shape are made of soft materials, for example chiffons, soft crêpe and other fabrics with a natural fall. Compare this dress that's what I'd call boxy even if the upper part is figure-hugging, with this dress in a soft, flowing material.
    Thank you, AutumnOwl.
     
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