• Tue, Feb 14 2012

The Body Contoured ‘Miracle Dress’: How Do You Feel?

The much-discussed Stella McCartney “thin dress” that Kate Winslet wore two different versions of last year is back.  Both Phillip Lim and Victoria Beckham took the idea and ran with it in their winter/fall 2012 shows this fashion week. That means it is officially A Thing.

Here is Lim’s take on the form:


And here is Beckham’s:

Personally, I think the dress works better on someone curvy like Kate Winslet, since it makes the already tiny runway models appear disconcertingly thin. However, I like that Lim and Beckham did away with the strange boob panels, as they created a “sexy Storm Trooper” vibe that I don’t think McCartney meant to evoke. In any case, it makes sense that this type of design is gaining in popularity, since everyone wants to look thinner than they really are, etc. As a curvy lady, I’m kind of on the fence about it, as my desire to conform to the beauty myth by looking thin is constantly battling with my desire to say “fuck you” to society and assert that I don’t need optical illusions or Spanx to look hot. It also reminds me of this in a pretty major way, which makes it difficult to take it seriously as a design concept. What do you think?

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  • Lo

    It’s a good idea, but can we please not ignore everything else that makes a dress flattering? In the top photo, all three women have instant man-shoulders.

    And no black and white, unless you pair it with a top hat and go around annoying Batman.

  • Eve

    I don’t know– to me, they’re barely a step up from these things:
    http://lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/incrediblegifts/bikinianim2.gif

    It’s really a cartoon of a different body, which only draws attention to the idea that the wearer doesn’t like her actual body.

  • Chloe

    Wouldn’t it be a lot more attractive if there was a gradient from the lighter color on the front to the darker on the sides? These just make them look like scuba divers to me.

    • BooRadley

      Agreed, Chloe. Kate Winslet’s dress reminded me of a swimsuit, and I think it makes her look soft of bulky and athletic. The colours are too severe, too.

    • BooRadley

      I meant “sort of”, not “soft of”. I blame my laptop.

  • Fabel

    Yeahh, I’m not a fan of anything that makes my body appear to be dramatically different. Also, I don’t really think it’s that great of an illusion? & like Eve said, it draws attention to the fact that the wearer wants to look thinner.