Once seen as “revealing” and “indecent”, see-through fashion makes a strong comeback as a reminder of the dismantling of the ideal female body according to societal standards and male observations.
See-through fashion returns: a statement of Sovereignty over the female body
The see-through dress – the “ultimate weapon” for women’s seductive beauty, is a sexy “illusion” membrane and a sharp alternative to the modern definition of femininity. The see-through fashion trend that started in the 18th century was full of vulgar prejudices. It was not until the 2000s, after the feminist movement took the throne, that the twist in fashion was also made clear.
Women choose to honor their body curves through sheer fabrics. This Spring-Summer, designers are proving that see-through clothing isn’t as hard to put on as you might think. Sexy designs have been put on the fashion catwalk by fashion houses like Acne Studios, Alaïa, and Bottega Veneta and spread to the daily fashion trends of young people.
See-through fashion has actually been around for a long time in history. They were originally the double-wrap dresses worn by oriental actresses in the 1770s. The trend was immediately criticized by politicians at the time for their revealing thin material. This type of clothing is considered extremely revealing and immodest. The concept of penetration in women’s clothing at that time was often used as satire by the painters of that time. Since then, during the 19th century, transparent fabrics were used almost exclusively as underwear.
In 1913, see-through dresses were also known as ” x-ray dresses ” because they were considered too revealing. However, nothing can stop this trend. Only a few years later, the see-through dress reappeared, and especially often appeared in Jean-Philippe’s designs for the Worth family. In 1964, the see-through dress first appeared on the red carpet with actress Carroll Baker and was constantly requisitioned by Hollywood stars.
See-through fashion includes any type of clothing that incorporates a variety of materials from lace, mesh to crochet, or sheer (a semi-transparent fabric) intended to reveal underwear or part of the skin. If last year’s trend was to wear as little fabric as possible, these spring-summer designers bring a more “realistic” version of see-through fashion. Thin items are combined with bralettes, tank tops, or denim skirts, creating a transparent whole, delicate charm with high applicability.
Since the fashion theme of 2023 seems to be bold, see-through fashion is here to take the show-off game to the next level. Taking cues from the Y2K obsession, this year’s risky pick is sure to become mainstream. Once considered “too revealing” and “indecent”, the transparent outfits are now seen as a break with the ideal female figure according to societal standards and male observations. The fabric “wears as it is not” not only reminds a woman of the right to control her curves but also implies the concept of the right to choose how sexy an outfit is.
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