Banana Republic Issa Collection Three-Quarter Sleeve Wrap-Tie DressAugust 18, 2013
Designer Diane von Furstenberg is credited with inventing the wrap dress in 1973, a time when the second wave of feminism was taking root (other notable events in 1972-73 include the passage of Title IX and the ERA, the "battle of the sexes", and the landmark decision in Roe v. Wade).
Frans Johansson, in The Click Moment (ch. 6), related a story about the inspiration behind the wrap dress. In 1972, Julie Nixon Eisenhower--the daughter of embattled former president Nixon and wife of the decorated war hero/president's grandson--delivered a TV address wearing a wrap top with a skirt. DVF, sitting at home, saw the speech and had a light bulb moment. The wrap dress was born and it quickly found fans in influential personalities like Gloria Steinem and Betty Ford.
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The revival of the wrap dress in the mid-to-late 90s coincided with the beginning of the third wave of feminism and its popularity has endured. (I don't presume to tie women's liberation movements to a dress, but political movements and fashion trends are both cyclical creatures).
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One such improvement is affordability. Much of the value in a design is innovation so I admire even more when higher-end labels collaborate with mass retailers to produce signature designs at fair prices without compromising on quality.
Banana Republic collaborations normally excite me more than other high-low unions because of BR's attention to detail (which translates into better quality) and extended size offerings. I have waited months for the release of the ISSA collaboration and was not disappointed.
"Merlot" is a true purple with dark tones.
If you purchased pieces from the collection, please share your thoughts in the comments.
p.s. Cardholder code 1AUG35 still works on the collection for 35% off and this offer can be combined with the new email subscriber discount for an additional 25% off.