After reading my “Drawing the Line” post about short bandage dresses yesterday, the gorgeous Anne Hjortshoj tweeted me, “They [bandage dresses] were great in 1992, i.e. the last time I wore one. Mine was Rifat Ozbek.”
Ozbek was a well-known designer in the late 1980s through the 1990s — that period of fashion that I love so much. I periodically stalk his vintage clothes online. (Ozbek now concentrates on interior design, including beautiful cushions.) As soon as Anne mentioned Ozbek, I got excited and did a quick search to see if any of his classic work was for sale. If this rainbow dress had been available, I would have bought it for sure, but, alas, it belongs to Anna Griffin, the editor-in-chief of Coco Eco Magazine.
This is how to wear short and tight: with long sleeves, a high neck and a little room to breathe (I love that it doesn’t look painted on). Really, this dress is more about the fun colors than the wearer’s body parts. In a 2011 interview with EcoSalon, which posted the photo above, Griffin said:
“I have worn it only twice as it is an extremely memorable piece and you have to be in the right shape and frame of mind to wear it. Each time I have slipped into it I have felt like a million dollars, and being an iconic fashion statement, it draws attention and sparks conversation in any crowd.”
Yes, yes, yes! That’s what great fashion should do. To see more pictures of the dress and find out how Griffin came to acquire it, click here to go to EcoSalon. To read more about Ozbek’s heyday, there’s a good 1996 article here. If you want to buy me an Ozbek, there’s a fabulous jacket on 1stdibs from Ozbek’s 1998 “White Voodoo” collection.
I’d take that over a bandage dress any day! Or I’d happily take this little black dress.
Oh!Em!Gee! It’s got gloves. Total conversation piece.