Tim Gunn said it is one of the type of dress silhouette that flatters every body type. But more so it does great wonders for women who are curvy and plus size because it emphasizes these body shapes' best features - especially the upper torso and if a woman is busty too. The wrap dress gives every woman an hour glass figure.
Although it is often claimed that Diane von Fürstenberg 'invented' the wrap dress in 1972/73, Richard Martin, a former curator of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, noted that the form of Fürstenberg's design had already been "deeply embedded into the American designer sportswear tradition," with her choice of elastic, synthetic fabrics distinguishing her work from earlier wrap dresses. Wrap dresses had been designed by Elsa Schiaparelli in the 1930s, and Claire McCardell in the 1940s, whose original 'popover' design became the basis for a variety of wrap-around dresses.