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Date: 9/4/12 1:19 PM

What details separate a DvF wrap dress from that of it's (1930s, 1940s) predecessors?

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Date: 9/4/12 1:37 PM

1- it's a knit a thin jersey

2- wrap dresses of the 1930's and '40's were often work dresses made in fabrics like twill
3- while that wrapped and draped look was big in the 1940's the dresses didn't generally open as wrap dresses do the wraps were stitched into position
4 while wool jersey was used in the 1940's the fabrics used by DVF were far thinner, clingier, sexier than their predecessors

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Date: 9/4/12 2:03 PM

Great question and answer. It is like there is nothing new under the sun ...just reinvented. And now we know the rest of the story, thanks Sarah

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Date: 9/4/12 6:03 PM

I collect old sewing books and magazines... I almost fell over when I read directions in a 1920's sewing magazine on how to tie dye curtains...

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Date: 9/4/12 7:44 PM

Thanks, Sarah! So, an "iconic DvF", as I generally see it stated, would refer mostly to the fabric/silhouette combo, rather than the concept itself. The idea that it was invented in the 1970s confused me.

I appreciate you sharing your research with us! (And, seriously!? tie-dye in the 1920s... who knew!)

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Date: 9/4/12 8:27 PM

hey a bathrobe is a wrap dress...but the other thing about a DVF dress is that it had no other closures..those work dresses of the 40's all had internal buttons.. the dress also hit at a particular moment.. it was sort of the answer to Erica Jong's 'Zipless F&^%^" as described in Fear of Flying. It just hit at the right moment.

It was a dress that women just had to have...even my very conservative mother got one..the dress answered a deep seated need...the great prints, the way it was both covered up and sexy..and even the way it evoked bathrobe as outer wear.

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Date: 9/4/12 9:38 PM

So...so...so...can I use this thread to be overly excited? None of my friends would understand and this thread seems a good place to share.

A couple weeks ago my MIL gave me half-a-dozen vintage patterns she picked up cheap at a yard sale. As I went through the stack my heart almost stopped when I got to the original, uncut, Vogue DVF wrap dress pattern...in my size!!!!




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Date: 9/4/12 9:42 PM

YES!!!

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Date: 9/4/12 10:51 PM

Right?

I'm tempted to put it in a shadow box on my sewing table....after I trace it off.

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Date: 9/4/12 11:06 PM

Shadow box?!?!?! I'd list that sucker on eBay.

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