Hervé Léger is French fashion house founded by the designer Hervé Peugnet. Peugnet developed the creation of bandage dresses, so-called “bodycon” garments made using materials originally associated with garments to create bandage dresses that would mold and shape the wearer’s figure with its signature bandage-like tight strips. One of the twists of Hervé Léger garments is that they are knitted, not woven. Since Hervé introduced this in the 90s, he has had a variety of famous celebrities wearing these, and even less designer brands and high street brands either copying his designs, being influenced by them or completing their own take on the ‘bandage dress’. It is one of the most famous dresses, and these designs are made to be figure hugging and very flattering. Léger’s speciality is “elastic strips of fabric sewn together to make girdle-tight dresses.” according to a New York Times runway review from 1993, which I will link and reference below.
He originally started off with the bandage style being mixed in with less bodycon style pieces, such as floaty, midi skirts (frequently worn by Cindy Crawford and Eva Herzigova in 1995 to name just two) in his runway pieces, which have developed to the completely tight-fitting bandage dresses of present. Along with being one of the models who frequented Léger’s runways featuring the designs, Cindy Crawford also wore the bandage dress for events off of the runway.
The brand wasn’t originally known exclusively for bandage dresses as when Léger was designer he only used one size of bandage and this was progressed when Max Azria and Co took over in 1998. “A bandage dress isn’t a woven, it’s all knitted on a knitting machine and is a completely different concept,” Azria explained. “People assume it’s cut-and-sew, but there’s no cutting. It’s knitted in a panel and then attached.”
I possibly want to use this style in the future for my designs, but this technique seems a bit complicated for the time frame that I have, so I will test some materials and play around with ways of achieving a similar look that is more suitable to my situation. For me, the bandage dress is a figure hugging dress that can give many people an admirable body whilst wearing one, but the process of making one and the actual outcome can look quite restricting because of the tightness, and the dresses can also come across as a bit provocative too, and women should be allowed to dress whatever they want, and this constriction links into my point of women being confined to one box and that they want to break the mold and prove someone wrong, and a bandage dress or style could be a way to portray this for me.
Below are my references for this research:
- Herveleger.com. (2018). Herve Leger Official Site – Iconic Bandage Dresses & More | HerveLeger.com. [online] Available at: https://www.herveleger.com/ [Accessed 27 Apr. 2018].
- MelClinton, L., Rosa, C., Wakeman, J., McKenna, E., Rosa, C., LeSavage, H. and Nussbaum, R. (2018). The History of the Bandage Dress, From 1994 to Now. [online] Glamour. Available at: https://www.glamour.com/story/history-herve-leger-bandage-dress [Accessed 27 Apr. 2018].