What fits like second skin and is easily the single most coveted dress in the world? It's the Herve Leger bandage dress, that unforgiving garment that will betray every inch of loose flesh on a less-than-perfect body.
Red carpet appeal
Any fashion femme worth her Jimmy Choo will tell you that your party wardrobe is incomplete without this staple. From Mariah Carey at this year's Golden Globes to Sridevi on the Couture Week ramp, you could throw a stone on the red carpet and it would hit someone wearing a bandage dress.
Malaika Arora Khan, possessor of eight bandage dresses, explains their appeal. "They are iconic, I love them because they're so flattering." Actor Sameera Reddy may not have included them in her closet just yet, but she agrees, 'I've worn them for a couple of shoots and they really accentuate a woman's curves. They make you feel good about your body."
Queen bee of the socialite pack, Queenie Dhody is almost synonymous with the bandage dress. She's been collecting them for the past 18 years and claims to have the entire collection. "It's a timeless piece from a timeless brand. If your body is still in shape, then you can wear them without worrying about them being outdated." Queenie dispels myths of the dresses lending less-than-toned bodies a helping hand.
"If you're in shape, it will complement your figure perfectly. But if you've put on some pounds, then it's the first garment to betray your weak spots," she says.
At the forefront of the body-conscious trend, the bandage dress does what even the strictest trainer might find difficult to do… motivate you to get fit and flab-free.
Made up of many layers of elasticated fabric, mostly lycra, the dress is woven together in strips that take on the shape of the wearer’s body.
The dress's debut in the mid '80s reportedly generated unprecedented sales, and when Max Azria of BCBG decided to reinvent the dress in 2007, it evolved beyond its classic form with the additon of sequins, metallic embellishments and most recently, knots and denim finishing.
"Recently they've started following trends and changing styles with every season," reveals brand loyalist Dhody. "But despite the fads, the first thing a woman must make sure of is the fit."