October 2, 2008

Crown Jewel of my vintage pattern collection...

From the Metropolitan Museum website regarding the Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress:

A climax to the American sportswear wrapping tradition came in the 1970s via the sensation of Von Furstenberg's wrap dress. Its fundamental form was already deeply embedded in the American designer sportswear tradition; a new woman designer translated the style into 1970s fabrics and colors, generally brighter, bolder, and more synthetic (and stretchy) than the early examples to which the silhouette and design principle are indebted.

Wrap dress, ca. 1975
Diane Von Furstenberg (American, born Brussels, 1946)
Green-and-white dotted cotton/rayon blend jersey
Gift of Richard Martin, 1997


Anonymous said...

Remember how that dress was supposed to look great on anyone? NOT!!!

Fun is always in style. said...

Your right! That's funny...whoever owned this pattern was going to make it out of pink nylon (doesn't breathe at all & remember the fierce static cling in the 70s?) They also planned to eliminate the cuffs, narrow the collar & sash...