The word wrap in textile science stands for the horizontal threads. The weaving pattern of the fabric is with wrap and weft threads. The wrap threads are the horizontal threads while the wefts are the vertical threads. It was the original scenario but over the years, it has changed. However, no doubt the basics remain the same.
Wrapping one side over the other forms a wrap- effect in dresses or any piece of garment. The covered side tied with knots or buttons. It gives a V-shaped front neckline. This type of effect finds a variety of usage in dresses, tops, and gowns.
Sleek-peek in the History
Many noted designers and courtiers have credited with using this effect in their designs. It was designed by Elsa Schiaparelli in 1930’s and by Claire McCardell in 1940’s. However, it was not until the late 1970’s that Diane von Furstenberg reinvented it. She associates the design to be a spirit of women sexual freedom. In fact, a book on Furstenberg’s wrap dresses has published in 2004.
Wrap with embellishment
The wrap-effect or the overlapping effect combined with embellishment. This effect of creating something outstanding or unusual with decorating or emphasizing is the wrap with embellished effect.
The decoration or embellishing can do on the whole piece or some parts of the dress to give embellished wrap-effect. You can emphasize any part of the dress like the collars, cuffs or the front overlapping part. The portion highlighted with beads, sequins or other decorative material stands out as a major attraction of the piece.
The net effect is gaining popularity for its trendsetting appeal. Many designers prefer it because of the comfort factor associated with it.