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The peplum has made a comeback for Spring/Summer 2012. I use the term “comeback” because in the 20th century the peplum style was popular both  in the 1940’s and the 1980’s.   The word “Peplum” is derived from the Greek word peplos (meaning shawl).

A peplum [ˈpɛpləm] is defined as follows:

1. (Clothing & Fashion) a flared ruffle attached to the waist of a jacket, bodice, etc.

2. (Clothing & Fashion) a variant of peplos

The images which follow will give you a quick visual history of the peplum…

Figure 1: 1940’s Peplum blouse and Peplum dress pattern

Figure 1: 1940’s Peplum blouse and Peplum dress pattern

 

Figure 2: Another 1940’s Peplum pattern

Figure 3: 1980’s version of the Peplum

Figure 3: 1980's version of the Peplum

Currently the peplum is popularfor SS12. Figure 4 is an image of actress Emma Stone wearing a modern peplum dress designed by Giambattista Valli 2011.

Figure 4: Emma Stone wearing Giambattista Valli 2011

Figure 5 below is a modern twist on the peplum frill by Elie Saab.

Figure 5: Elie Saab Tailored Peplum Dress

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