The Iconic Cowl Neck Slip Dress

The cowl neckline style made a major come back this Spring and Summer season. I wanted to jump on the bandwagon to design my own simple yet timeless piece to include in my bridal collection series. I absolutely love the effortlessly chic yet classic style of a cowl neckline and wanted to demonstrate how easy it is to construct one from start to finish. 

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The cowl neck bias cut slip dress originates from French Fashion Designer Madeleine Vionnet.

Madeleine Vionnet was inspired by clothing from Ancient Greece fashion. In ancient Greece clothing primarily consisted of the chiton, peplos, himation, and chlamys. Ancient Greek civilians typically wore two pieces of clothing draped around the body. Madeleine Vionnet incorporate this drapery technique in many of her famous designs which caused a lot of attention in the 1930’s. 

A cowl neck dress is a staple garment in many women's wardrobe. 

The effortless cowl neck slip dress accentuates many figures and with right selection of soft and silky fabrics, this silhouette will drape against the body in the sexiest way one could ever imagine. The "slip dress" became a nostalgic yet daring fashion favorite in modern fashion wear. As slip dresses became more popular, they were made more practical by women and even designers who layered them over white T-Shirts, completing the slip's transmutation from undergarment to outer garment. 

When creating a cowl neck dress I used extra light weight chiffon in my fabric stash and used that to do my mock-up drape. When draping a cowl neck dress, it’s best to use a lightweight material that will mimic the actual fabric that you’ll be making your garment in. 

In my situation, I couldn’t purchase the satin I desired to make my cowl neck slip dress in, so I ended up using a stretch satin material which worked out wonderful. The recommended fabric to use for this silhouette is silk satin, crepe de chine, viscose, rayon, cotton lawn and lightweight linen. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that I also made another cowl neck dress using a black printed rose motif crepe fabric.

When constructing my rendition of the cowl neck slip dress, I wanted to primarily focus on the role of a bridesmaid. The bridesmaid is always known for her role as the woman who is an attendant of the bride. Normally one will say that the bridesmaid is usually wearing a hideous dress for the bride to remain the focus of the wedding. I wanted to create a simple yet timeless bridesmaid dress that will still be respectful to a bride but also give a stunning yet sensual feel. I envision this woman wearing a stunning ivory staple slip cowl neck dress, showing off a low-cut back detail, finished with head beaded sequins applique. 

This dress is now available on my boutique in a variety of colors and prints. Link here to purchase. Hope you enjoyed this blog post. Thank You for reading! 

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