A wrap dress is a dress with a front closure formed by wrapping one side across the other, and knotting the attached ties that wrap around the back at the waist or fastening buttons. This forms a V-shaped neckline and hugs a woman's curves. A faux wrap dress resembles this design, except that it comes already fastened together with no opening in front, but instead is slipped on over the head. A wrap top is a woman's top cut and constructed in the same way as a wrap dress, but without a skirt.
The wrap dress was popularised in 1972 by Diane von Fürstenberg, whose designs became famous in their own right. The von Fürstenberg wrap dresses were knee-length with long-sleeves, made of jersey, and inspired by her divorce.
Wrap dresses achieved their peak of popularity in the mid to late 1970s, and the design has been credited with becoming a symbol of women's liberation in the 1970s. Wrap dresses experienced renewed popularity beginning in the late 1990s, and in for instance the Netherlands, the chain Sissy-Boy designs and manufactures them, with some adaptations for the Dutch market.
Wrap dresses can be made using more traditional materials, but can also be found in materials such as shantung. They remain a popular style in 2013.
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