The Slip gown began its heyday in the Roaring Twenties and Thirties as women eagerly tossed away their corsets, girdles, bustles and other confining whatnots. The slip gown frees the body from all extraneous extras like waistlines, pockets, zippers and linings. However, the slip gown also exposes the body for the good and the not so good. A slip gown wearer needn't be in perfect condition, but should be as fit and trim as possible. Word to the wise: they can be extremely unforgiving.
The slip dress appeared in the Naughty Nineties in the groundbreaking Grunge collection from Marc Jacobs for Perry Ellis. Jacobs was unceremoniously removed from his design post at Perry Ellis following this collection, but the slip gown was already indelibly etched into our fashion frontal lobes. Jacobs paired luxurious, thrift shop inspired silky slip dresses with combat boots and plaid lumberjack shirts.
While no bride in her right mind is going to toss on her groom's favorite plaid shirt as an evening wrap, she might just delight in slipping on a beautiful, sexy, goddess-like slip gown for her wedding day. Most slip gowns are cut in shiny, sensual silk charmeuse, satin-backed crepes or dense matte jerseys and are cut on the bias, giving the slip gown its unique shape and extra natural stretch.
Kate Moss recently wed in an exquisite custom John Galliano slip gown that was beaded and embroidered tulle over a crepe under-layer. Tulle slip gowns add dimension and give more coverage to the body than other fabrics, ultimately making the dress more wearable.