Reviving the Babydoll Dress: From 1960s Icon to Modern Trendsetter

2023-09-21 13:30:00

Symbol of lightness and D’carelessness, this flagship piece of the 1960s was first resurrected on social networks with the “dollcore” aesthetic last spring before making a few forays on the red carpet then triumphing on the catwalks of New York Fashion Week under the leadership of the greatest luxury houses. A trend which has not gone unnoticed and which could become a lasting presence in women’s wardrobes… At least until the start of the 2024 school year.

The film “Baby Doll” d’Elia Kazanin which Carroll Baker is dressed in a slightly flared mini-dress, similar to a piece of lingerie, marks the beginnings of the babydoll dress, in 1956. But it was two years later, at the instigation of the designer visionary Cristobal Balenciaga, that this essential piece really stands out in fashion to become an icon of the sixties. Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin, Marilyn Monroe and even Françoise Hardy exhibit it in all possible prints and shades imaginable.

Short, loose and light, it is subtly flared, taking the shape of a trapezoid.

She is then adorned with psychedelic patterns, with high heeled boots. Six decades later, the babydoll dress is making a big comeback, helped by social users. Then she appeared on the red carpets (Lily-Rose Depp in Cannes, Anya Taylor-Joy at the BAFTA 2023, Jenna Ortega in a dark version at the Met Gala), reinforcing the enthusiasm around this essential.

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