THE ENDURING ALLURE OF THE SLIP DRESS
In its minimal form, the slip dress remains an adored garment in the evolution of womenswear. Complete with satin fabrics, spaghetti straps (and the occasional appearance of lace), it’s as though remnants of our favorite 90s aesthetic have resurfaced in the fashion weeks of recent years. As the industry remains as ever synonymous with the notion of reinvention, you can imagine our awe in seeing Irina Shayk grace the runway, in a sultry Versace slip dress for SS19. We were enticed. Noted in Harper’s Bazaar as ‘one of the biggest sartorial successes of the 90s’, what once was deemed unsuitable as outerwear, has now seen an entire Renaissance in contemporary fashion.
In the early years of Vogue, the term applied solely to a sheer dress over a slip — Just as the satin slip (infamously worn by Rita Hayworth for Times magazine) was naturally deemed as a ‘nightgown’ in 1941. Flash forward to the 90s, the moment Calvin Klein’s SS94 show epitomized the zeitgeist of minimalism. As one of the first to establish this new standard of modern elegance (reinforcing underwear as outerwear), the slip dress had ignited a new era of irreverence.
If a 90s Christy Turlington isn’t the main attraction of your Pinterest boards (guilty), perhaps it’s the image of models Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, walking side-by-side in Versace chain-mail slip- dresses, at the ‘Diamonds are Forever’ Charity Gala. In exuding a sense of nonchalance, the slip dress had begun to dominate the runways throughout the decade, only to make a reappearance in past years.
Recently, it was Versace’s lustrous black silk-satin slip dress that stole the house’s glamorous SS19 runway show. Meticulously crafted in Italy, with asymmetric shoulder straps and drapes fluidly across the bodice, the models’ figures were only further accentuated via stitched side darts hugging at the waist. Following designers such as Marc Jacobs or Prada prolonging the nostalgia with their own renditions of the slip dress, it’s a delight to find a variety in many stores today.