“I feel very strongly about dresses on every level – a dress feels like underpinning ”, – Donna Karan.
Designing for Anne Klein before establishing her own label more than 20 years ago, the Queen of Seventh Avenue knows a thing or two about what a dress can do. A dress can make a statement in its own right, but it can also work as a strong base to create a whole look that’s all your own. Cheap and cheerful dresses from New Look can work just as well as the latest DKNY must-haves; the price isn’t important, it’s the way you wear it that counts.
Feel like a woman; wear a dress - Diane von Furstenberg
For designer to the stars DVF, the dress has earned a special place in her heart. It was her iconic 70s wrap dress that set her on the path to couture stardom, and she knows the power that the right dress can hold. While women can wear the trousers, the dress remains uniquely feminine. OK, some men may step into a dress on occasion, but it’s usually within the confines of their own private bedrooms. The dress is a fashion piece that is unique to women, and slipping into one makes you feel instantly feminine. It’s something that we gals can relish in, upping the sexual ante, and celebrating our femininity to the full.
“A woman’s dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view” - Sophia Loren
Bona fide sexbomb Sophia has had the guys drooling for decades, and it’s the dress that helps to give her that allure. Showing off your curves to the max, and oozing femininity, is something that’s hard to pull of in a pair of sweatpants. The way she compares the dress to barbed wire is interesting too – suggesting that for her, it’s a defensive armour for battle as well as a sexual weapon. For Sophia, the dress is something that can make you feel truly empowered, and we know just what she means.
“Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress” - Coco Chanel
Leave it to Coco to sum up what fashion is really all about. Our love affair with the dress isn’t going to go away, and we should celebrate the fact that it gives us yet another way to express who we really are. But looking fabulous is more than that. It’s an attitude, a lifestyle – and we should never forget that the dress doesn’t make the woman; the woman makes the dress.