The history of pleats and couture
Pleats have a long history in fashion. The Egyptians wore pleats as a symbol of luxury, the Elizabethans wore pleats as a symbol of opulence, and now, a pleated Issey Miyake piece is a coveted treasure.
I love pleats, and I love the way they sit on the female form. Pleats are flattering, they skim curves, and they’re incredibly versatile. Pleats can turn a day dress into a stunning gown, they can transform a regular sleeve into a statement detail, and they can sharpen up an entire outfit.
As common as pleats may be in fashion right now, the art of pleating is not, and that’s why I wanted to work with one of Australia’s last pleating manufacturers on my 2018 MUSE collection.
Pleating is a slow and considered process, and when it’s done correctly by an experienced, passionate pleater, the results are nothing short of stunning. Pleats bought my ‘Grace Dress’ to life, balancing a structured button-up bodice with a fluid yet full-bodied linear skirt.
Besides creating perfect pleats, Specialty Pleaters is also a locally run business, supporting Melbourne’s independent designers and creators, and as one of them, I love my local industry.
The ‘Grace Dress’ can be made in a range of colours too, so if you’re looking for the perfect event dress, bridesmaid dress or formal dress, this is one piece worth investing in.