Take the non-conformist supergroup TLC, for example, who gave the skirt a Western spin in 1999, while Destiny’s Child was rarely parted from their camouflage print and cargo during the band’s “Survivor” era circa 2000.
Fast forward to 2019, and cargo began to make regular appearances on the runway again. Take Prada’s autumn/winter 2019 menswear show, for example. Fashion editors quickly snapped up the brand’s multi-pocketed skirts, after Miuccia Prada started reusing the nylon fabrication she made fashionable (her iconic Vela backpack debuted in 1984 and she introduced nylon to ready-to-wear in 1994.) “Suddenly, nylon started to look more intriguing to me than couture fabrics,” Mrs. Prada explained. Elsewhere, Chitose Abe, the founder of Sacai, is heavily credited with helping popularise casual separates mixed in with workwear since the early aughts.
This brings us to 2022, where the silhouette is booming on Gen-Z’s favorite shopping app, Depop. They’re frantically searching for the hero item, according to the platform’s trend and category manager, Agustina Manzoni. “We’ve seen a 204 percent spike in searches for cargo skirts, from mid-December 2021 to early January 2022.” Listings of the skirt style have also increased tenfold; there are currently over 7,000 listings labeled “cargo skirt”.
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