Tuesday, 19 May 2009

The Draped Dress

One style or trend that has really jumped out at me lately is the draped dress. Designers seem to be falling over themselves to create the dress to out drape all others. Draped dress is rather a general term which can be applied to all sorts of dresses from elegant Greek goddess dresses to body con dresses and quirky styles of dresses with fabric draped in an unexpected way. There are so many trends that don't work for short people like myself. Generally speaking though, the draping of the fabric gives a very flattering look. Not only do the folds of the draped material skim over any lumps or bumps giving the appearance of a streamlined silhouette but the draping of material usually creates diagonal or vertical lines which help to elongate and lengthen the body.

Whilst many styles are copied from designer clothes by cheaper versions for the high street, I think a beautifully draped designer dress is not easy to copy. You are less likely to find an expertly draped dress on the high street. If you like a particular draped dressand you have the money, it may well be worth investing in, it will last you for many seasons to come. Amongst others Peter Pillotto, Vivienne Westwood, Sophia Kokosolaki, David Szeto and Versace are considered to be Masters of drape.

draped dress jasmine de milo

Jasmine De Milo at My Wardrobe

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania at My Wardrobe

draped dress vivienne westwood

Sophia Kokosalaki at Yoox

draped dress sophia kokosolaki

Rick Owens at Yoox

draped dress versace

Versace at Yoox

draped dress david szeto

David Szeto at Start London

draped dress david szeto

David Szeto at Start London


Tamia said...

I love the examples here! I am allll about draping and assymetry.

MizzJ said...

I so agree, the draped dress is everyone's friend! That first dress is just lovely.

Slanelle said...

i love the vivienne westwood dress!