I know that quote’s a bit dated…but imagine a dress, in which you can look amazing for night and day, and all you need to do is tie (or untie) a knot? No awkward buttons or zippers, or stepping into it, or pulling it over your head. This one is like a gentle robe which wraps up all around you at all the right points…hence…the wrap dress! I can’t believe I never have had one made in Cambodia. It’s even easier to wear than a shirtdress! Ha!
It’s been around for ages. For ages, women have been wrapping themselves in fabric and tying a knot to hold it all together for one reason or another. But it wasn’t until 1972 that iconic designer Diane von Furstenburg really gave birth to the dress as a fashion item with her flattering designs and use of jersey to hug all the write spots. This was apparently revolutionary – so much so that the Metropolitan Museum of Art acknowledges it!
Some have complained about the wrap dress – about its ability to go all “Marilyn Monroe” in the breeze, or how it doesn’t hug in all the right places. But there in lies the importance of design and a good fit. And it can be whatever your heart desires – deep-V-va-va-voom power/party dress? Or just a wrap for the beach?
So I seriously can’t wait to venture into the markets – find the right pattern and fabric and march over to my favourite tailor to get a one made! Especially because my wardrobe remains remarkably sparse and I think I’ve worn to death every dress I’ve brought with me here already.