With New York Fashion Week still flooding my senses, it was hard to choose what I wanted to take a look back at for Throwback Thursday. So I thought of something timeless, the wrap dress.

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We all know what it looks like: the deep v-neck, long sleeves and sitting just above the knee with the wrap tie placed right at the waist. What started out as a shirt and skirt turned into an iconic go-to style that flatters any woman.

In the 1970s, Diane Von Furstenberg decided to take the jersey wrap top inspired by the little shirt ballerinas wear during rehearsals and make it into a dress. It was effortless, easy to wear, easy to style. It’s no wonder this dress has become such a phenomenon for the past 40 years. But why? how? Styles that become classics easily get put into the background like denim or a plain white t-shirt. For the wrap dress, it’s what it represents: the woman. It became a symbol of the newly liberated woman who could excel in a work place without sacrificing her femininity. It combines feminine sultriness and womanly strength with where it hugs the body but also a bussinesslike assertiveness. 

It is truly a metaphor for its creator, Diane Von Furstenberg embodies that blend of a hard working business woman with a fun flirty air. The wrap dress is only growing, in styles and prints. It will always be a reflection of the time but will always keep that feminine flare we know and love.

Diane Von Furstenberg featured in Newsweek
Diane Von Furstenberg featured in Newsweek
DVF Spring 2015 Ready to Wear Collection
DVF Spring 2015 Ready to Wear Collection
"Journey of a Dress" Exhibition for the 40th Anniversary
“Journey of a Dress” Exhibition for the 40th Anniversary

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