Slip dress

Jane Leeves wearing a blue slip-dress in 1995

A slip dress is a woman's dress that closely resembles an underslip or petticoat.[1] It is traditionally cut on the bias, with spaghetti straps.[1] Slip dresses first became widely worn in the last decade of the 20th century, as part of the underwear-as-outerwear trend, when they were made from layered chiffon, polyester satins and charmeuse, and often trimmed with lace.[2] The slip dress looked like an undergarment, but was intended to be seen, and through the use of lace and sheer elements, offer glimpses of the body beneath.[3]

Designers associated with slip dresses include John Galliano, whose debut design for Dior was a lace-trimmed slip dress worn by Diana, Princess of Wales in 1996;[4] Calvin Klein and Narciso Rodriguez.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 McKean, Erin (2013). The Hundred Dresses: The Most Iconic Styles of Our Time. A. & C.Black. p. 82. ISBN 1472535855.
  2. Amy T. Peterson & Ann T. Kellogg, ed. (2008). The Greenwood encyclopedia of clothing through American history 1900 to the present. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. p. 229. ISBN 9780313358555.
  3. Martin, Richard; Harold Koda (1993). Infra-apparel. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art. p. 18. ISBN 9780870996764.
  4. Modlinger, Jackie (1998). Diana : woman of style. Godalming: Bramley. p. 126. ISBN 9781858339658. ...the first sighting of a dress made in the Dior couture workroom. It was the designer's controversial long lace-embellished slip-style evening dress
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