A History of the Strapless Dress
These days we take the strapless dress for granted – bearing the collar bone is known as a symbol of beauty especially in western culture but there was a time when this was a disgraceful act.
So, if you don’t know what a strapless dress is (have you been living under a rock?!) here’s a short description: A dress in which the top half is usually held tightly in position with either a brassiere or corset and has no sleeves whatsoever.
Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start
It’s hard to say when the strapless dress came about, most say the 1930’s from designer Mainbocher claiming that he was the first to create the dress in 1934. But, this iconic photo begs to differ which shows actress Libby Holman in 1932 dressed in what appears to be a strapless dress.
Almost 20 years after the dress was acclaimed to be created, it became all the rage in the early 1950’s. With so much attention pinned onto the strapless dress it was bound to cause controversy. This mainly offended religion but also in the US army who banned brides wearing the revealing dresses to events.
The growth of the strapless dress
The strapless dress didn’t stop there though as the 70’s introduced elastic weaving into the garments to add better support when designers wanted to get creative and make different shapes. The strapless dress became a hit through films such as Pretty Woman.
The one shoulder
The strapless dress was soon adapted to the “one shoulder” in the 90’s which showed garments with one sleeve and one no-sleeve. This style was all the rage but it seems the controversy still lingered and the style was banned in many school’s workplaces as deemed ‘inappropriate’.
Bringing you up to speed
Don’t worry the beautifully elegant strapless dress has not withered away, in fact it’s hugely popular especially when it comes to formal-wear. You can see the strapless dress at events such as Black tie, formal dinners and even school proms.
So what do you think? Do you love to show off the collar bone or do you prefer sleeves on a dress? If you’re interested in a bespoke dress, book an appointment here