Over the course of fashion history, we have seen certain silhouettes re-imagined over and over again. When you think of decades past, visions of Poiret’s corsetless high-waisted hobble skirt may come to mind as translated by Yohji Yamamoto. Chanel’s once rebellious, and now iconic, pantsuit has been a source of inspiration for countless designers. And Vionnet’s celebration of the female form through the use of the bias cut has shown up in the designs of the many present day designers who feature garments which highlight the natural curves of a woman’s body.
Audrey Hepburn’s famous silhouette created by Givenchy has been the subject of modern campaigns, advertisements and exhibits that have stood the test of time and weathered the changing of trends. The nipped waist of Dior’s New Look conjures an instant reference for most. But arguably, one of the most recognizable silhouettes throughout history is the shift dress of the 1960’s popularized by Mary Quant and Yves Saint Laurent.
The shift dress – in all its simple glory – is a silhouette staple for many designers and provides a perfect palette for various prints and fabrics, lengths and textiles. Though Saint Laurent will always be remembered for his Mondrain shift dresses, designers have put their own twist on this iconic silhouette throughout the decades and continue to do so to this day. Take a look at Vivienne Tam’s Resort 2016 collection or Giambattista Valli’s Resort 2016 offering (both featured in the header of this blog) as evidence that this silhouette popularized in the 60’s is just as relevant today.
In our most recent video launch, we will show you how to drape a shift dress. You will learn the skills necessary to recreate this iconic silhouette properly so that you, too, can make your stamp on history. Watch how to drape a Shift Dress above. And for additional essential fashion history, watch the second half of 100 Years of Fashion Rebels & Revolutionaries Part 2 below.
Header images: Style.com
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