Friday, April 2, 2010
The Mummy Dress Returns
Hervé Léger’s bandage dresses have been making a comeback for two years now. They were first popular in the 1980s when Hervé Léger has started his fashion house in 1985. The designer pioneered the creation of the "bandage" or "body-con (body-conscious)" dress, using materials traditionally associated with foundation garments to create dresses that would mold and shape the wearer's figure with its signature bandage-like strips. After the French house was purchased by New York based BCBG Max Azria Group, its designer Max Azria decided to relaunch Herve Leger brand in 2007 and next year he showed his first collection for the Fall 2008. Bandage dresses were back in the game and everybody wanted to have one. During the runway shows there are a lot of celebrities sitting in first rows and later on wearing Azria’s designs during the parties and events.
It’s not easy to wear a Léger dress. In order to do it and look good at the same time you really have to be fit and have pretty flat stomach. Fortunately very skinny girls are not the only recipients of the bandage dress. One of my favorite looks regarding this dress was Kate Winslet, who wore it at the New York premiere of “The Reader” in 2008. Kate, who’s lost a lot of weight at that time but still, had some real women shape to present, looked amazing in a grayish Léger.
Generally in my opinion those bandage dresses are perfect for women’s curves. They emphasize the real shape of women so there is no shock that Kate or Beyoncé look good in it. The collection for Spring 2010 brings again new designs. My favorite is a Chain-embellished power mesh dress, which was worn by Diane Kruger during 2010 People’s Choice Awards. I hope to be able to get a bandage dress one day but first I’ d have to collect some money since the prices of Léger’s dress range from 800 to over 3000 euros! Plus let’s not forget about some fitness first ;)
From left: Hayden Panettiere, Kristen Stewart, Misha Barton
From left: Rachel Bilson, Diane Kruger, Alicja Bachleda