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 2: Another 1940’s Peplum pattern
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 5 below is a modern twist on the peplum frill by Elie Saab.