The History of the Wrap Dress

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The wrap dress, created by designer Diane von Furstenberg in the 1970s, has reached iconic status in the fashion world.

Characteristics

  • The wrap dress comes in all sleeve lengths and has a self-belt which ties around the waist, securing the dress closed. It is usually produced in a knit fabric.

Origins

  • Designer Diane von Furstenberg first introduced the wrap dress in 1972, appealing to professional women that needed easy to wear, stylish clothes for work. The silhouette flattered a variety of figures.

Sales

  • By 1976, Diane von Furstenberg had sold more than 5 million wrap dresses. She officially relaunched the wrap dress in 1997 after seeing women wearing wrap dresses again.

Faux Wrap Dresses

  • The success of the wrap dress encouraged lookalikes, including faux wrap dresses. These feature a faux waist tie to appear as a wrap dress, but simply pull over the head.

Vintage Wrap Dresses

  • Diane von Furstenburg wrap dresses from the 1970s sell for hundreds of dollars in vintage boutiques. The wrap dress has become a timeless fashion.

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