The Peplum Story

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Have you ever heard of a thing called ”Peplos”? If you're interested in the Greek history you might have seen this type of attire before :

 

Greek Peplos

 

Well, this specific Greek garment is called a ”Peplos” and it's basically a rectangular piece of fabric that has been tied and folded around the body to create an effect of layering around the waist area.

Nowadays the Peplos is called a peplum or overskirt and has evolved into different shapes and styles throughout the history of fashion but at that time it was a very special design. Each year, the Greeks would organize an art and crafts festival called ”Chalkeia”. For this event, a group of young ladies would be chosen for a special ritual related to the celebration. These women had the honorable task to design and produce, for nine consecutive months, a sacred peplos that would then be offered to the statue of Athena during the festival. This woven peplum was usually purple and yellow and ornamented with myth and stories all over its surface. This sounds like a hard task but you can imagine the beautiful and amazing final piece!

 

1800's women peplum dresses

1800's women wearing peplum dresses

 

In the 1800's the hourglass shape (an accentuated narrow waist and wide hip figure) was the trend and to maximize this effect most dresses had a peplum attached to them. It would look like another shorter voluminous skirt attached to the dress and falling over the hips starting from the waistline. Peplums also became a way for women to wear shorter dresses without showing too much of themselves.

In the 40's and 50's the peplum trend came back again to highlight the waist (search for Dior power suit style ”Bar Jacket”) but also as an economical way to spice up one's wardrobe (as it wasn't necessarily attached to the rest of the garment and could be worn separately).

 

Dior Bar Jacket

Christian Dior's “Bar Jacket - 1940s

 

The overskirts and peplum-belts were also trendy in the 80's (party dresses, power suits,...) usually matching a dress but also mixed and matched with other outfits. The styles were of course more colorful, flashy and exuberant than during the previous eras (v-shape, multiple layers of peplums,...) and were often worn lower: around the hips.

You can see plenty of modern and high fashion designs of peplums on the runways. It is still an elegant piece of women fashion nowadays and is always a nice way to enhance your hips or make an outfit pop!

 

Hip Jewels Holographic Peplum Skirt Belt


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