The Fascinating History of Mermaid and Fishtail Dresses

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The Fascinating History of Mermaid and Fishtail Dresses

The Mermaid Dress is also known as a Fishtail Dress.  It is form-fitting through the torso and hips and "fishtails" out into a floor-length flare, adding the illusion of more curves.

History

French designer, Marcel Rochas introduced the Mermaid Gown in the 1930s.  His trademark hourglass styles were his tribute to the female form.

The Mermaid Gown was a favorite gown of choice for Hollywood actresses in the 1950s.  It gave them a perfect mix of sexiness and femininity.

A Classic

Even today, its silhouette is a popular choice for Evening Gowns, Prom Dresses, and Wedding Dresses.  You are sure to see a variation of the Mermaid Dress on the Red Carpet.  

Some are sleeveless while others have straps with Sweetheart necklines or Boat Neck necklines.  Dress designers incorporate details like beading, sequins, ruffles, and cutouts. 

Many are made of Silk, Satin, Organza, and Taffeta.  These fabrics allow the dress to flow and move beautifully when worn.

Consider a Mermaid Dress for your next special occasion.


2 comments

  • Kay Hillery

    A version of them was since the mermaid gown was introduced in the 1930s.

  • Terry

    We’re these style dresses worn in the big band swing era?

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