The History of the Wrap Dress


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


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.


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.


By 1976, Diane von Furstenberg had sold over 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

DVF wrap dresses from the 1970s sell for hundreds of dollars in vintage boutiques today. The wrap dress has become a timeless fashion.

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