Answer: The sewists are the ones on the floor looking up a dress so see how the hem is constructed.
DVF Wrap 40 Exhibit
In celebration of 40 years of the wrap dress, DVF had an exhibit of hundreds of wrap dresses at the Wilshire May Company Building in Los Angeles. I feel so lucky to live close enough to see it. And even luckier to have a IRL sewing friend, Raye Ann, come with me to oohh and aaahhh over the garments. I could have gotten any friend to oohh and aahh over the design and fabric. But only a sewist friend can chat about probable construction methods, fabric weave and content, hem treatments, bias trim, width of the ties, pleats and cutouts.
The Dress Room
The main focus of the exhibit is a large room filled with wrap dresses, wrap tops and wrap jump suits from 1974 to 2014. The dresses were grouped visually. The first dress you see, front and center, is the first wrap dresses from 1974. It’s so timeless that you can see that same dress being worn today.
Although the print/color groupings is the first thing we noticed, when we looked closer we saw all the wonderful variations on the dresses; different collars, sleeves, yokes and hem lengths to name a few. Before this exhibit I thought that the wrap dress only came in a v-neck, typical of that cross over front bodice. The variations in necklines were amazing. And the wrap dress was also some times a wrap jump suit or a wrap top over a skirt. There was so much to admire.
My Favorite Pieces (to sew up one day)
The sewist in me couldn’t help but snoop for sewing ideas. Here are my top 10 favorites, in no particular order.
1) Boat neck wrap dress
You might be thinking that this isn’t a wrap dress, but oh it is! The wrap is in the back and looks like a v-back. You can sorta see the reflection of the v-back. We did recommend that they add mirrors or rotating displays so we can see all the beautiful details.
2) The sweetheart neckline wrap dress. As I mentioned my preconceived notion that wrap dresses were all v-necks was completely wrong. I love that beautiful sweetheart neckline. I think they’re more flattering on me than the deep-v.
6) Military inspired wrap dress. The details on this dress are fabulous from the bands of topstitching to the brass buttons to the pockets. There weren’t too many dresses with pockets. This one was wonderfully executed.
The other room of the exhibit is an art exhibit filled with photographs and paintings. I was too busy looking at everything that I forgot to take pictures. Here a few that I did get.
The first and last thing you see is an entryway filled with old pictures, advertising, shots of celebrities/public figures wearing wrap dresses and dresses worn in movies. Oh I forgot to mention, a wrap dress from the movie American Hustle is in the collection. We looked at these walls coming in but coming out we had a totally different perspective after we had seen the dresses. We recognized some of the dresses on display from the ads. We cleared up our confusion about one of the dresses that had a short zipper just in the skirt section. Turns out it was a wrap top with a regular zipped skirt. It was so well integrated we had no idea it was a separate.
Wrapping It Up
Raye Ann and I wrapped up our day with a delicious lunch and a short stop at The Fabric Store. We made up for all the fabrics touching we couldn’t do at the exhibit by fondling gorgeous fabrics here.
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