It wasn't until we spoke to the curator of the Love Is… Australian Wedding Fashion exhibition, Glynis Jones, that we remembered 2017's biggest dress trend—the slip dress—actually dates back further than the '90s. Since the style has been an understated favourite of ours for longer than we'd like to admit, it was worth noting this trend actually has purpose behind its design.
"The slip dress was originally designed with a bias cut in the 1930s to curve around the body and emphasise and flatter the women's curves." Jones says. But it wasn't until the late '90s and early 2000s that the slip dress came back into fashion, only this time it was a lot sexier, with the introduction of slits in the skirt and plunging necklines (Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy's wedding dress is a perfect example of the quintessential '90s style). Fast-forward to 2017 and the slip dress is definitely back, still carrying the level of sexiness it had in the '90s but with modern design features like lace detailing.
Keep reading to see the evolution of the bias cut slip dress from the '30s to the '90s, to now.
Reproduced courtesy of Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.
Silver lamé bias-cut wedding dress worn by Muriel Poulter for her marriage to John Crowe at St Vincent’s Church Ashfield, 1938.
Ivory silk satin bias-cut wedding dress designed by Rosemary Armstrong of Tea Rose, Australia, 1997.
Bambi Northwood-Blyth's wedding dress is equal parts sexy as it is modern and elegant for her 2014 wedding, which wouldn't look out of place today.