Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Peplum Princess

The peplum, which originated in the 19th century, is a short overskirt that is now usually attached to a fitted jacket.
Early examples of the peplum can be found in Godey’s Lady’s Book, a popular 1800s magazine that featured poems and discussion about fashion. The early peplum was generally not affixed to the coat, but was merely an extra overskirt or flounce sewn onto, and dropping from, the waist. The modern peplum became popular as a design in women’s suiting in the 1940s: jackets were often fitted at the waist, but the fabric extended beyond the waist in an overskirt. Instant hourglass, darlings!
This article is definitely worth a read, and the pictures that accompany it are excellent!
Credits: At top left of post: Prada black lace dress, courtesy nytimes.com. Other photos via style.com unless otherwise noted. At top right: Godey's Lady Book, c. 1860. Near right: An illustration from an 1874 issue of Harpers Bazaar.
On the runways, peplums and nods to the trend were in abundance.
At left: Christian Dior Couture


Moschino
Ralph Lauren
- the peplum here is barely perceptible, demonstrating a very tame take on the skirted jacket.
Douglas Hannant Resort 2009
Roland Mouret pre-fall 2008
Bottega Veneta Bottega Veneta
J. Mendel... the pocket/peplum!
Yohji Yamamoto - CC adores the raw edge of this one!
Roland Mouret Couture, via fashionweekdaily
Jonathan Saunders Spring 2009 - how incredible was this collection?
CC especially loves the perforated peplum in the second photo!
Graeme Black Spring 2009
At right: a skirted Balenciaga dress in W
Pure peplum perfection...
More Sienna inspiration: Ms. Miller is wearing a Vidler + Nixon coat (pictured in black and white photo at left).
Jovonna full skirted belted Mac mini-trench; this look and next for purchase at asos.com.
Tofu ruffle frill detail jacket
Rebeca Taylor leopard peplum jacket at revolveclothing.com
Burberry Prorsum Techno fabric jacket; this and next 2 looks at net-a-porter.com
Just a hint of flounce will do: RM by Roland Mouret Kleber metallic flecked mohair dress
Luella bandana print dress
Whitley Kros Bridge Dress at revolveclothing.com – CC loves the digitized pattern, the bold color combination and the built-in peplum on this strapless stunner!
3.1 Phillip Lim peplum blouse, at lagarconne.com
Miu Miu chunky wool swing cardigan, at net-a-porter.com.
CC also loves the look of a full mini (like the Etro look pictured here) over opaque tights or skinny jeans! Sort of legitimizes a too-short skirt, right?

49 comments:

MISS GLITZY said...

Peplum is just perfect to enhance a thin waist. Hum, think I'm gonna look for that kind of outfit.

WendyB said...

I had a peplum jacket that I wore CONSTANTLY in the early '90s.

Clara Sheller said...

OMG those jackets!!!!!1

BHH said...

Some nice things here.

Emily said...

i love anything that celebrates the female form and these are all fabulous options!

lara said...

awesome pictures, really inspiring post!

glory said...

no sabia el nombre de esa parte del vestuario gracias por la informacion, y personalmente me encanta como le da un toque romantico y femenino incluso a la chaqueta mas masculina... me estoy haciendo un vestido que lo tiene....despues lo muestro

lisa said...

Great post! I never knew there was a name for that flouncy bit on a coat. Thanks!

miss cavendish said...

I do love a flattering peplum . . .

Mary-Laure said...

I had no idea THAT was a peplum... Thanks for this very interesting post.

My problem with such a jacket is that you can't wear a couple of sweaters (as I do... I'm always freezing) under the jacket. It ruins the wasp-waist effect.

The Seeker said...

My new purple blazer (jacket) has a peplum and my new bow blouse also. But I wasn't awear that it was a trend...
Thank you for calling my attention for that.
I think it's very cute and great to define waistline.

Nice pictures
xoxo

detour2mode said...

ohhh i love the greyskirt suit!!!perfect...i love most of the outfit here

Savvy Mode SG said...

i just tried on a cashmere jacket at emporio armani like that. it makes a gal's waist look just tiny.

VanessaFromMilan said...

i really love the moschino dress,i've on similar by patrizia pepe

la petite fashionista said...

great education in fashion terminology! i like the look but i feel like it would be difficult to pull off unless you're very thin or have a small waist; ruffles seem to enhance curviness.

xoxo

Jasmine said...

oooh i very very love the jacket !!!

Nina said...

omg, i love soooo many things! the jackets are wonderful...thank you for posting these!

S said...

I've always wondered what that was called - what a great name it has, peplum!
As always informative, inspirational and gorgeous post CC!

Sheems said...

Those jackets are great and they give a great shape!

choppyshades said...

those jackets are so pretty. i think i have an old one that i should bring out for winter. any time soon. uhh.

Lindsay said...

Ohh I like that look..although if done wrong it might look too poofy or large

Lisa said...

this was wonderful. i had no idea !
all the options.
beatuiful.
love Yohji. sigh.

xx.

The Clothes Horse said...

Peplum looks nice, but it seems so rare to find a properly fitting look with this.

Melissa said...

I love the Moschino jacket and the two dresses at the end. How adorable!
And thanks for your question--I'll be sure to get the vlog up soon!

enc said...

That particular Prada look was my favorite from the season. You have all the best peplum looks here. You always have the best selection.

strikeapose said...

This is an AMAZING trend! SO lady like. Why don't more people dress like this??

Miranda said...

ohh so that's what those things are called
peplum really does give you an instant hourglass! i'm not sure i'd go for it though.
the jackets pictured are gorgeous though. i would definitely wear those<3
LOVELY<3

Miss Karen said...

what a stunning look! I particularly adore Jonathan Saunders. But everything here is so beautiful!

beccajanie said...

I love this look - although I don't know if I could pull it off as well as some because I don't have a tiny little waist - but it looks so lovely on the people who can wear it - jealous!

Sarah said...

I wish we would all dress like this! Bring back the female form! =D

Songy said...

great history lesson and a new fashion vocab to get me going. It's really feminine which I like. Just a thing for a shapeless person like me. ;0

TRISH said...

This is so cool again, CC. I love those jackets. :)

Annie said...

I didn't know that!

ivoreece said...

I like the jacket... Is it Sienna Miller wearing it?

chuckles said...

amazing post as usual

chin said...

I own a peplum cotton jacket I still wear to work over satin tops and dresses. You would really look very feminine.

And again, a very trendy post for a fashion hungry like me!

Thanks!

trendology said...

Absolutely wonderful post! I love that photo of Chanel Iman!

POST VILLAGE said...

omg! lovee the picture combinations u posted up im a big fan of ruffles :D greattt blog!!!!

Winter
xoxo

Susanna-Cole said...

Wow I learn so much from you blog! I didn't even know what a "peplum" was before this! ;)

xoxo,
S-C

Gala said...

thanks! i love the knitted dress!

MakeupByRenRen said...

OMG i love this style, how cute! i definitely learned something new from you again!

La Belette Rouge said...

I don't look so good in a peplum. It exacerbates my figure flaws.

Zepequeña said...

Me quedo con Prada!

Zepequeña.

Emily Wong said...

it is nice to see a post about blazers. this really gets me in the mood for fall. and i'm glad you put so many different styles. :)

Fashion_Girl22 said...

Wow! You learn something knew everyday. I never knew the proper term for it. I love the prada, and the Dior looks fantastic. Lindsay Ellingson looks perfect in the Dress.

Don't worry, more posts are coming lateer on this week. I;m just trying paying attention to the major London shows. Since London fashion week isn't at the top of my list. ^_^
I'm gonna do a whole wek round up when its over, then go back to daily review for Milan and Paris.

Estibalitz Diaz de Durana said...

magnificos !! sin excepcion!!
un saludo!
Esti

Pamcasso said...

I'm fascinated by this look esp. since Prada- I actually was looking at a style guide by the other day and the stylist author recommended peplum jackets for my figure... I think it's a sign!

♥ Marta ♥ said...

That is so neat...perfect to enhance a tiny waist... Really awesome post :)

Cecylia said...

This is a great post! Thanks heaps!