Welcome to another edition of Dressentials! If you're just joining us, this is one step in our journey in exploring the history of our favorite dress silhouettes like drop waist dresses, fit and flare dresses, and shift dresses. Joining our collection of cute dresses featured in our Dressentials series is the wrap dress! Perfect for the office or a day out and about, the wrap dress silhouette is versatile and easy to wear. Read on to learn more about this iconic silhouette and the inspiring story behind its creation.
The wrap dress has been an iconic silhouette for the past 40 years. Universally flattering and timeless, the wrap dress is a favorite of women everywhere, but surprisingly the wrap dress did not begin as a dress at all. When designer and creator of the wrap dress, Diane von Furstenberg first created the look, she combined a wrap top and skirt. Inspiration soon struck when she realized how effortlessly simple the styles looked as a dress. 1974 was the year Diane Von Furstenberg presented her design to the world, and it hasn't fallen out of style ever since - last year, the wrap dress celebrated its 40th birthday!
Diane Von Furstenberg began designing clothing out of a desire for a career of her own, even after marrying into Genevean royalty, Prince Egon. She went from designing in her home to opening her own manufacturing business and eventually her own showroom. Her designs continued to grow in popularity, and Furstenberg's status as a fashion icon was sealed.
The history of the wrap dress is not only about the silhouette, but about Furstenberg's journey to success and the creation of a wardrobe staple. Fans of the wrap dress include celebrities from Michelle Obama to Kate Hudson and Rosario Dawson to Kat Dennings. In addition to Hollywood starlets, the dress continues to be a favorite among women everywhere. Read more about your favorite dress silhouettes here, and find a dress of your very own in our collection of cute dresses!