Pleats: today’s style has another tendency, and another fold! Very much so because that pleated effect returns, peeping out among the spring-summer 2019 collections. More than a fleeting passion, the pleat is an evergreen that’s constantly on and off of the catwalks. A must-have that hides amongst its pleated texture, its story started many many years ago… Are you curious to discover it? Then read between the…folds!
The pleat is actually an ancient notion: already in Ancient Egypt, queens and pharaohs dressed in robes that were characterised by the pleated effect. Subsequently in 1909, the great couturier Mariano Fortuny from the inspiration of ancient Art, created and patented the pleat, rendering it an icon. A master and technique that made a mark on fashion and its history, that conquered women with its artistic beauty but also its incredible comfort. The pieces by Delphos di Fortuny are true works of Art, today exhibited in renowned museums. Grace Kelly, Jacqueline Kennedy, Marlene Dietrich… Many were the divas who fell in love with pleats and their sophisticated elegance. In the 50s and 60s the technique began to gain popularity, to be employed among dressed and skirts. How could one forget the marvellous Marilyn Monroe, stood on the gratings of that New York subway dressed in the famous white - and of course pleated - dress by William Travilla, that floats delicately as the train passes below her? A scene that has become truly iconic, indelible in the history of cinema and of fashion.
And from generation to generation, from stylist to designer, pleats have been incorporated even until now, and still going strong in romantic maxi dresses, midi-length retro style skirts, and even pleat-effect sleeves. Versatile and elegant, the pleat is an ally of every woman’s wardrobe. They’re sophisticated when combined with fine textiles such as silk, jaunty when worn with sneakers. Are you ‘in search of pleats’ but still haven’t found the right thing for you? Fear not, have a quick glance at our proposals and choose your ‘pleat look’!