Diane von Furstenberg may have gained fame and following for her wrap dresses but it was actually renowned British designer Charles James who created the first wrap dress, way back in 1932.
While James was known for his exquisite couture dressmaking for the likes of Marlene Dietrich, his wrap dress was a sartorial innovation. The designer, who inspired the theme for the 2014 Met Gala, called it his "Taxi Dress" because he intended the piece to be so easy that you could get dressed in the taxi on your way to a big event (fashion that considers practicality is the best kind, non?).
Diane von Furstenberg modernised the shape, of course, introducing it to a whole new audience in 1974. Her jersey wrap dress was worn by Studio 54-goers, the Park Avenue set and bohemians alike, with the flattering shape and varied prints surging in popularity. Now, in 2021, the wrap dress is still going strong, with brands such as Reformation redefining the versatile style with bold colour sets and dainty details.
So, if you're looking for a wear-anywhere dress that'll see you from the office to the beach, the taxi to the bar, click through the slideshow ahead...
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