Designer: Diane von Furstenberg (American, born Brussels, 1946)

Date: 1975–76

Culture: American

Medium: cotton/rayon blend

Credit Line: Gift of Richard Martin, 1997

Accession Number: 1997.487


A climax to the American sportswear wrapping tradition came in the 1970s via the sensation of Von Furstenberg's wrap dress. Its fundamental form was already deeply embedded in the American designer sportswear tradition; a new woman designer translated the style into 1970s fabrics and colors, generally brighter, bolder, and more synthetic (and stretchy) than the early examples to which the silhouette and design principle are indebted.