Most fashion trends usually date back to Africa – “The Motherland”. The Bodycon a.k.a. the “Body Conscious” dress undoubtedly is no exception. The Egyptian “Kalasiris” was a very close-fitting tube dress worn by Egyptian women from 2700 B.C.E. (Before Christian Era) to the end of 750 B.C.E.
During 2000 B.C., corsets were introduced to change the appearance of women’s bodies, and they were worn under dresses to gain the illusion of an hourglass figure. In the 1910’s, designers stole the name of a device that was used to restrain horses, and gave life to the Hobble skirt that made women look like shuffling figures and made it literally impossible to walk up a flight of stairs. During the 1950’s, the Wiggle dress took women’s style from housewife to bombshell with the tight-fitting sexy silhouette. Most notably, Marilyn Monroe, wore the Wiggle dress very well. Several versions of a tight-fitting sheath dress would be designed before the 80’s bought the Bandage Dress front stage and center. Finally, close to 10 years later, the “Bodycon” dress was born.
Some may argue that Hervé Leger is the “Father of the Bodycon” super-sexy bandage dress, but the original creator of the modern-day party dress is Tunisian native, Azzedine Alaïa.
Over the last century, the Bodycon dress has evolved into one of the go-to wardrobe staples to wear to any party, and it is absolutely forgiving for most body types.
Check out my Pinterest page, “Give Me Body!” for examples of sexy Bodycon styles.