October 2, 2016

The Iconic Wrap Dress

I used to regularly watch one of the big names in the fashion industry, Tim Gunn's make-over TV show, where he would style and teach women how to dress for their height and body shape. And I have noticed that he usually would include a wrap dress for every make over that he did.

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.

A wrap dress is a dress with a front closure formed by wrapping one side across the other, and knotting the attached ties that wrap around the back at the waist or fastening buttons. This forms a V-shaped neckline and hugs the wearer's curves. A faux wrap dress resembles this design, except that it comes already fastened together with no opening in front, but instead is slipped on over the head.

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.

The wrap dress became popular in the 1970's but it was in the 1990s that it regained its popularity when iconic fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg reintroduced it in 1997.  Even though fashion trends change the wrap dress continued to have remained current and every woman's wardrobe staple.  Featured dresses here are from StyleWe, by the way.

For a fuss-free style, mix up your everyday fashion with soft simple wrap dress for a flattering fit. Wrap dresses are perfect for the office or an evening out. Find more designer wrap dresses and online exclusives here.
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1 comment:

  1. I love the collection! It’s absolutely nice to see how the patterns and the styles can be interpreted in different ways with the choice of fabrics. I found some effective collection at, www.stylewe.com/category/wrap-dresses-59_231


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