Mirror Fashion

Mirrors are seen everywhere. From within the home to large public spaces. But the fashion of mirrors is a fascinating subject. DESIblitz looks at the trends and changes through time.

You can’t hide anything from the mirror or so they say. Mirrors never lie. They are a true reflection of yourself. Frankly speaking, people fashion themselves in front of the mirror but did anyone realise that mirrors should be in fashion too!

Mirrors have evolved too from the historical creations using convex disks of metal, either bronze, tin, or silver, polished to produce reflections to the stylish modern designs available today. The fashion of mirrors has been directly related to their use through time.

The discovery by Justus von Liebig in 1835, of the chemical process of coating a glass surface with metallic silver led to the early production of mirrors as we know them. Today, they are available in many varieties including Wall, Floor/Cheval, Fixture, Tri-Fold, Makeup-Shaving and Hand-held mirrors. Shape wise they are available in many forms including oval, square, rectangle, arch, circle, geometric, shaped and freeform.

Mirror fashion plays an important part in everyday modern life, including use in personal, leisure, decoration, art and entertainment.

Personally, one can stand hours in front of the mirror praising or admonishing themselves. They help you decide what looks good and what doesn’t from shoes to clothes to make-up. They help the man shave and groom and the lady choose her look with make-up and hairstyles.

Mirrors are used as a great source of entertainment for example at fairgrounds, where people amuse themselves when they look fat, thin, long or short  in front of these different shaped mirrors. The hall of mirrors, commonly found in amusement parks, is an attraction in which a number of distorted mirrors are used to produce unusual reflections of the visitor. Mirror mazes, also found in amusement parks, containing large numbers of mirrors and sheets of glass. The idea is to navigate the disorientating array without bumping into the walls.

Mirrors are often used in magic to create an illusion. One effect is called Pepper’s ghost. Created using a plate glass and special lighting techniques, it can make objects seem to appear or disappear, or make one object seem to “morph” into another. Similar effects are used in night clubs and discos. Where, illuminated rotating balls covered with small mirrors are used to cast moving spots of light around a dance floor.

For interior decoration, there is a wide use of mirrors, especially the large and unframed kind which can be used to create an illusion of space and amplify the apparent size of the room. Mirrors are often referred to as the aspirin of Feng-Shui – the ancient Chinese practice of placement and arrangement of space to achieve harmony with the environment. In this context, mirrors are very powerful and can energise a room effectively. Placing a mirror by an entrance will encourage the energy to flow and circulate around your home more easily.

The softness of old mirrors is sometimes replicated by contemporary artisans for use in interior design. These reproduced antiqued mirrors are works of art and can bring color and texture to an otherwise hard, cold reflective surface. It is an artistic process that has been attempted by many and perfected by few.

In the home, on average, homes have at least three to five mirrors if not more! Some even go for full mirror bathrooms, mirrored wardrobes and mirrored ceilings. Whlist, others collect antique mirrors as exquisite collections for their home.

Because mirrors are the perfect accent to reflect both your décor and style, you want to make sure you choose the right mirror for your settings. When choosing mirrors for the home, here are some tips.

First, careful consideration must be given to the location of the mirror to understand what use you want from it.

Next decide on the shape of the mirror. Use the lines and curves of your desired décor to choose the shape of your mirror. This will help match your mirror with your room’s style.

Then, consider the style of the mirror. Be it contemporary, traditional, modern, country, exotic or ornate, mirror styles are often abstract and difficult to understand. To help you identify what style fits your room’s décor, you should consider the message you want to send or the feelings you want to evoke with the mirror.

In general, always choose clean, good quality new mirrors for frequent use, although the frames may be antique. Size matters and the bigger the better. When hanging a mirror, you should be able to see the whole of your head and at least 5 inches above it.

To give you some ideas of mirrors, their fashion and their use, here is a photo collection of many different types of mirrors.

Based in Punjab, India, Ivneet likes to share the cross-cultural changes taking place in India as compared to the West. She enjoys reading and selectively writes about particular aspects of Indian life as seen and experienced by her.