Slip dress at Plaza theatre

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] 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.[2] 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;[3] Calvin Klein and Narciso Rodriguez.[1][4]


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.[5] The dresses typified the sartorial minimalism of the 1990s.[6] The slip dress became associated with the decade's supermodels, notably Kate Moss, who garnered attention with a sheer version in 1993.[7] Courtney Love's fondness for the style granted slip dresses grunge credibility.[8]

The style enjoyed renewed popularity starting in the late 2010s and continuing into the 2020s as part of a broader revival of 1990s fashion trends.[9][10] The spring 2016 collections of both Yves Saint Laurent and Burberry featured the garment.[8] Since then, slip dresses have been a red carpet staple.[11] The Versace spring 2021 ready-to-wear collection included slip dresses with a beachy theme.[12]


  1. ^ a b c McKean, Erin (2013). The Hundred Dresses: The Most Iconic Styles of Our Time. A. & C.Black. p. 82. ISBN 978-1472535856.
  2. ^ Martin, Richard; Harold Koda (1993). Infra-apparel. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art. p. 18. ISBN 9780870996764.
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ "Girls Dresses". Tuesday, 10 August 2021
  5. ^ 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.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Lerma, Martin. "How Calvin Klein's Slip Dresses Came to Define 90s Fashion". Heroine. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  7. ^ Moss, Kate (April 2019). "Kate Moss: My Life in Slip Dresses". Vogue. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  8. ^ a b Bahn, Jenny (15 April 2016). "4 Times the '90s Slip Dress Made Fashion History". Who What Wear.
  9. ^ Kedar, Namrata. "We Are Throwing Back To The '90s With Slip Dresses". Luxeva. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  10. ^ Fox, Imogen (2016-03-07). "The big reveal: deconstructing the slip dress". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2023-05-04.
  11. ^ Gonzalez, Tara. "Jennifer Aniston Has Been Wearing This One Sexy Wardrobe Staple to Award Shows for Years". In Style. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  12. ^ Adducci, Shannon (25 September 2020). "Versace's Sporty-Sexy Platforms and Colorful Slip Dresses Just Gave Us Something to Look Forward To For Spring 2021". Footwear News. Retrieved 26 September 2020.